Trump anger smashes Van­ity mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tion record

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Van­ity Fair has had the last laugh af­ter Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump blasted the mag­a­zine over a snooty re­view of one of his restau­rants: its sub­scrip­tion num­bers have bro­ken a com­pany record. “Has any­one looked at the re­ally poor num­bers of @Van­i­tyFair Mag­a­zine?” the in­com­ing Repub­li­can com­man­der-in-chief asked his 17.4 mil­lion fol­low­ers on Twit­ter bright and early Thurs­day.

“Way down, big trou­ble, dead! Gray­don Carter, no tal­ent, will be out!” he added for good mea­sure in ref­er­ence to the mag­a­zine’s ed­i­tor, with whom he has a feud dat­ing back decades. Only it seems that of­fend­ing the 70-year-old bil­lion­aire real es­tate ty­coon is good for busi­ness-at least in the news in­dus­try.

A mag­a­zine spokes­woman said Van­ity Fair that day col­lected the high­est num­ber of sub­scrip­tions sold in a sin­gle day for any Conde Nast com­pany pub­li­ca­tion, clock­ing up 13,000 new sub­scrip­tions in a sin­gle 24-hour pe­riod. The mag­a­zine has added a ban­ner to its web­site, call­ing it­self the “mag­a­zine Trump doesn’t want you to read” and en­cour­ag­ing read­ers to sub­scribe.

The of­fend­ing restau­rant re­view, writ­ten by re­porter Tina Nguyen, summed up a re­cent lunch at a bistro in Trump Tower lobby as “rich-man slop” un­der the head­line “Trump Grill Could Be The Worst Restau­rant in Amer­ica.” Fo­lio Mag­a­zine quoted Conde Nast as say­ing the ar­ti­cle re­ceived one mil­lion unique views since Trump’s tweet, which did not link to the re­view.

Trump has been at log­ger­heads with Carter since the 1980s, when the former re­al­ity TV star pro­jected him­self as the def­i­ni­tion of wealth. Carter in­fu­ri­ated the former re­al­ity star by call­ing him a “short-fin­gered vul­gar­ian.” Other print me­dia have sim­i­larly seen an uptick in busi­ness since the vit­ri­olic US pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and shock elec­tion of Trump, who in­flamed the coun­try by in­sult­ing myr­iad pop­u­la­tion groups.

The New York Times has an­nounced an ex­cep­tional surge in dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tions, adding more than 200,000 net sub­scribers since late Septem­ber. The news­pa­per was among sev­eral me­dia out­lets at­tacked by Trump dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial race. It launched a se­ries of in­ves­ti­ga­tions that re­vealed his re­ported tax loss of more than $900 mil­lion. Van­ity Fair fol­lowed up the restau­rant re­view by writ­ing a crit­i­cal ar­ti­cle ex­am­in­ing the am­bi­tion and mis­steps of Trump’s daugh­ter Ivanka, who is re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing a role in the White House. — AFP

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