White House senior adviser and previous owner of the New York Observer Jared Kushner circumvented editorial leadership and deleted unfavorable news stories about his friends and real-estate industry colleagues from the newspaper’s website, BuzzFeed News reports. According to emails, Kushner personally asked a software developer to remove a “handful of articles,” including one about a settlement between the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Vantage Properties, which had been accused of illegally forcing tenants out of their homes. He also had an article about Vantage’s top executive Neil Rubler deleted, and one about NBA commissioner Adam Silver purchasing a $6.75 million apartment removed. Two former editors of the newspaper said they were completely unaware of Kushner’s actions, and said he went directly to the tech team. While Kushner stepped down as owner and publisher of the Observer to join his father-in-law at the White House, the newspaper is still owned by his family trust.
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