Donald Trump Reads Vanity Fair’s Blog (About Himself); Google, New York Times Team Up


“From the office of Donald J. Trump” reads the accompanying card clipped to a printed-out blog post from, mailed to that magazine’s editor-in-chief Graydon Carter. A veteran of covering (and mocking) the rich and famous, some his friends and some less so, Carter and Trump go way back, with the magazine baron’s old Spy magazine counting the billionaire among its favorite targets. (Vanity Fair recommends the May 1989 issue.) Today, the fake presidential candidate won himself even more press — but how can we ignore this, really — by mailing Carter his handwritten edits targeting Vanity Fair‘s young, hilarious blogger Juli Weiner. Again: that’s one of the richest (and most obnoxious) men in the world devoting ink, of both the pen and printer cartridge variety, to a blogger. More inside Press Clips, our daily media column.

Editor-in-Trump: This one really has to be seen to be believed, but Trump not only circles Weiner’s name and notes “BAD WRITER!” but he also quibbled with the amount of billions of dollars he’s worth (billions more than Forbes said in 2009, fyi) and he misuses an apostrophe. What this has to do with Birtherism is attention — both are about attention.

Thinking this could be some Spy-style, expertly executed joke, we Googled “Donald Trump handwriting” and found this newspaper clipping (!) with the exact same bold, ALL CAPS Sharpie scribbles from Trump. It’s both odd and creepy, considering there’s a serial killer on the loose.

The whole thing is at Vanity Fair.

Times Trivia: Google and the New York Times, two of the biggest names in anything, have partnered for A Google A Day, which is a trivia game that encourages cheating, a.k.a. Googling. The question will increase in difficulty every day of the week and be printed each morning above the Times crossword puzzle, causing old people who do the crossword puzzle to cock their heads to the side, lower their coffee mug, hold their glasses down toward the tip of their nose, run a hand through their silver hair and say, “Honey, what the hell is this?”

It’s Really New Now: Jonathan Alter, one of the distinguished white men Newsweek liked to put on television, is out at the magazine, ending the dynasty that also included leader Jon Meacham, Howard Fineman, Michael Isikoff, Evan Thomas and Fareed Zakaria, the brown one. Tina Brown, now in charge, loves women, thankfully.

‘Like’ Franzen, Foster Wallace: The New Yorker had the seemingly genius idea of baiting Facebook users into “liking” their official fan page with a reward. It just so happens that said reward sounded like the most perfect reward ever for the portion of the Venn diagram including people on Facebook who also read the New Yorker: an essay by Jonathan Frazen about his late friend David Foster Wallace. “What we wanted to do is find some kind of content that would allow us to engage with people who would want to engage with our content on a long-term basis,” the magazine’s PR told blogger Simon Owens. “We didn’t want to just choose something that’s a flashy story.”

And yet, this morning the page was “liked” by about 202,000 people, according to Owens, and as of 6 p.m., it’s now around 205,155, so maybe this niche is smaller than it seems to people within this niche.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 11, 2011

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