There are ethical conflicts you can avoid and ones you can’t avoid.
The New York Observer has seemingly chosen to avoid one it can’t really avoid.
Donald Trump is the father-in-law of the publisher Jared Kushner, who is married to a Trump daughter, Ivanka.
The paper has made a solid reputation by covering wealth, real estate and lots of politics in New York. The presidential campaign would seemingly be right up its alley, especially with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton of New York and at least two New Yorkers running on the Republican side: Trump and former New York Gov. George Pataki.
Trump is, in a sense, all that the paper embodies: an important, if controversial, member of the city’s propertied class. But Ken Kurson, the paper’s editor, indicates that after talking it over with many people whom he respects, he’s decided to essentially take a pass on covering the father-in-law of his boss. Read more