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Donnie: Making Vanity Fair Again

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Back in the ‘80’s Vanity Fair EIC Graydon Carter and gal-pal Kurt Andersen started a satirical magazine called Spy. As publications of this nature are wont to do, Spy had a bunch targets whose skin it liked to get under, as it were, but none more than the man himself, Donald Trump (who the mag affectionately referred to as a “the short-fingered vulgarian”). One of Spy’s more famous pranks (which we *won’t* be shamelessly ripping off at some point in the near future) was sending 64-cent checks to a bunch of millionaires (see: today’s billionaires) to see who would cash their respective pots of gold. Whoever did so was subsequently sent a 32-cent check, then a 16-cent check and so on and so forth. According to Carter, Trump and one other cheapskate Saving Susan were the only ones to cash in all the way down to 16. The other day, Trumpskie denied having done so, shared TMI, and offered a scathing and hirsute observation:

My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body. From what I hear, the same cannot be said of editors of the failed Spy. Spy was a total failure and they're trying to resurrect its memory from the ashes. While I have always liked Graydon Carter, he is lucky to be working for Si Newhouse, especially with how badly Vanity Fair magazine is currently doing. Without Si, he'd just be another overweight editor with bad hair.

He would certainly know.


Corzine Kids Take Issue With Vanity Fair's Reporting On Mom, Dad, David Tepper

Back in February, Vanity Fair ran a piece on Jon Corzine in the wake of the whole MF Global situation, attempting to determine "what set Corzine on the road to ruin." Figuring his personal life would be a good place to start, some story lines that were explored included JSC's relationship with his children and his  divorce from Joanne, who he met in kindergarten and was married to for 33 years. The former was described as having become "increasingly distant" as Corzine made his way up the ranks at Goldman Sachs.  The latter "bitter," which was not helped by the fact that, according to VF, Joanne had gotten "too close" to a onetime GS employee with whom Corzine had "bad blood," name David Tepper. Jon's children happened to catch the article and responded to it today in a letter to the editor, the short version of which is "you know nothing." From the longer version: Though we disagree with your analysis of [our father] and find your sources, often referred to as close friends, dubious at best, not to mention nameless, we understand judgments about public figures come with the territory. What does not come with the territory in our minds are reckless allegations and assertions involving private personalities such as the ones you chose to propagate toward our mother, Joanne. Your portrayal of her is the opposite of who we know her to be. The subjective descriptions of her character based on quotes from anonymous “friends” is the elevation of gossip to legitimate reporting. The assertion regarding her becoming “close” to David Tepper is a blatant falsehood. She has never met or spoken to David Tepper. JOSH CORZINE JEFFREY CORZINE JENNIFER CORZINE From the Magazine: Jon Corzine’s Family Responds [Vanity Fair]