Amid the ongoing controversy over how publishers are being targeted by the Trump administration, the latest example of a publisher getting entangled in a political story has a big impact on the future of the digital era.
A company called Adsense, which owns and operates The Atlantic, has been accused of being a pawn of the Trump White House in a story that is sure to dominate the news cycle.
The story alleges that Adsense’s publisher, The Atlantic Media, was in a business relationship with President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, and was providing a platform for them to engage in illegal political activities.
Adsense, the largest publisher of print newspapers in the United States, has said it will “fully cooperate” with the Justice Department’s investigation.
The company’s lawyers, meanwhile, have argued that the story is a misunderstanding.
The publisher has said that the allegations are false.
In the early months of 2017, Adsense began publishing a series of stories about Ivanka Trump, a former fashion model who is married to Jared Kushner.
The stories portrayed the Trump family as untrustworthy and out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.
Adsense had been a frequent critic of the president and, after the publication of an article by the New York Times that accused Ivanka Trump of plagiarism, the publisher was targeted by Trump’s White House, which accused the publisher of having a relationship with Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
The president tweeted about the situation, saying that the Adsense articles were “fake news.”
In the days that followed, Trump, Ivanka Trump’s husband, and Kushner all sought legal counsel.
The Adsense story was one of the most widely shared stories in the newspaper’s circulation, generating more than 1 million Facebook shares.
The Washington Post ran an op-ed that said the stories were “sickening,” and a White House official said Adsense “is a rogue publisher that has no loyalty to this administration.”
Adsense has said its publisher had no role in the story, and said the president did not have a personal relationship with the publisher.
But Adsense has also said it is willing to cooperate with the government investigation and that it would fight any attempts to discredit its reporting.
AdSense, which operates out of the headquarters of a media company called New Media Group, said in a statement that it was “disappointed in the allegations and will vigorously defend ourselves.”