White House senior adviser and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner asked for the removal of several stories in the newspaper, the New York Observer, about his personal friends and peers back when he owned the newspaper, a BuzzFeed News report says.
The report lists three articles which Kushner ordered the paper to get rid of: a 2010 story about a settlement between the real estate company Vantage Properties and Andrew Cuomo, the then-New York Attorney General, a 2010 story about the Vantage executive Neil Rubler being on a list of the “10 worst landlords” and a 2012 story regarding Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner, buying a luxurious New York City apartment for a whopping $6.75 million.
Kushner is friends with Silver, and according to Buzzfeed, Silver complimented Jared Kushner in a New Yorker story in 2016 on him and Ivanka Trump, his wife. In that piece, Silver said that Jared Kushner was the NBA’s helpful “unofficial, unpaid adviser” back when the league was searching for space for a store.
Austin Smith, who worked for the paper as a software employee, informed BuzzFeed that he obeyed Kushner’s removal requests.
Elizabeth Spiers, who is the former editor for the Observer, said to BuzzFeed she didn’t know Kushner had ordered the stories to be taken down but added that if she’d known, “Jared and I would have had a big problem.”
Jared Kushner, who owned the Observer ever since 2006, stepped down as its publisher in January 2017 to become a terrible senior adviser to the president.