The (New York) Observer is an online news website published in New York City. The Observer was first published in New York City in 1987, as a weekly newspaper by Arthur L. Carter. The Observer.com includes six main content categories: Politics, Lifestyle, Business, Entertainment, Arts, and Health that focuses on the city’s culture, real estate, media, politics, and the entertainment and publishing industries.
Ken Kurson who served as Deputy Director of Communications for Mayor Rudy Giuliani was The Observer’s former Editor-in-Chief and according to the Huff Post, Ken Kurson also was involved with Donald Trump’s AIPAC Speech and Mr. Kurson acknowledged his involvement here. As of May 2017, Ken Kurson stepped down as editor and currently, the Observer is overseen by an editorial staff.
Funded by / Ownership
The son-in-law of President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner is the owner of The New York Observer and transferred his ownership into a family trust when he became an adviser to the President. At present, Kushner’s brother-in-law Joseph Meyer serves as publisher of Observer Media, which is the outlet’s parent company. Revenue is generated through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the (New York) Observer’s articles cover both sides when reporting news and typically uses a neutral tone: “Trump Revises Travel Ban, Adds Non-Muslim North Korea and Venezuela.” News articles are also properly sourced to other credible media outlets. However Op-Ed’s tend to favor the right-wing with loaded wording, which is in both headlines and articles such as: “Liberals Hated FBI Director James Comey (Until Trump Fired Him)”, “What Happened: The Strange Convergence of Hillary Clinton and Vietnam” and “Hillary Clinton Is What Happened: New Book Will Offer More Excuses.”
Regarding New York Observer’s editorial voice, in 2014 the NY Times interviewed Jared Kushner where he stated “We stand for common sense, what’s great for New York. We’re pro-business and anti-entitlements.” Further, during the 2016 Presidential election, the Observer endorsed Donald Trump.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the (New York) Observer Right-Center Biased based on balanced story selection and right-leaning op-eds. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (8/19/2016) Update (M. Huitsing 3/03/2021)