Ever since the paper made the announcement on Tuesday, it has had to fend off conflict-of-interest accusations due to the fact that it is owned by Ivanka Trump‘s husband, Jared Kushner. Barkan told Brian Stelter that the outright endorsement “blindsided” him, but he said that what was far more troubling to him was that the Observer previously helped Trump by preparing his speech for AIPAC.
With the paper’s decision to go all in, Barkan said he felt that his position as national political reporter was becoming “untenable.”
“I think the Observer can cover national politics and do it well,” Barkan said. “Given what had happened for me personally, a line had been crossed and it was time for me to go.”
Barkan said he wasn’t sure whether his departure would lead to a staff result on the scale that Breitbart saw with the fallout from the Michelle Fields saga.
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