Trump Went After Vanity Fair. It Just Swung Back

Magazine is boasting about his criticism
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2016 5:06 AM CST
Updated Dec 16, 2016 6:44 AM CST
Vanity Fair Borrows Move From Trump Playbook
The masthead of 'Vanity Fair' now boasts about Trump.   (Vanity Fair)

One of Donald Trump's latest targets on Twitter appears to share his belief that there's no such thing as bad publicity. The Week reports that after Trump slammed Vanity Fair as "dead" following its terrible review of the Trump Tower steakhouse, the magazine "totally owned" the attack by adopting a new tagline: "The Magazine Donald Trump Doesn't Want You to Read." The magazine's Twitter feed was also updated with links to many of its more scathing Trump articles, including an illustrated history of his hair and a piece comparing his mansions to Saddam Hussein's palaces.

The feud between Trump and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter goes back many years, with Carter describing Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian" back in 1988, when Carter was an editor of Spy magazine, CNN reports. "I can't wait for Vanity Fair to fold which, under Graydon Carter, will be sooner rather than later," Trump tweeted in 2012. Politico notes that CNN, along with the New York Times, NBC, and many others have also been frequent Trump targets, though none of them have adopted Vanity Fair's policy of bragging about it yet. (Click to see another new Vanity Fair ad taking advantage of Trump's words.)

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