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People Mag Defends Trump Issue Weeks After Sex Assault Claim

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By    |   Friday, 11 Nov 2016 01:30 PM

People magazine and its parent company Time Inc. have fired back at the firestorm of criticism over its gushing coverage of Donald Trump's election victory, with one exec blasting naysayers as "self-appointed social media critics."

People's lavish spread on Trump's "life, his family & his astonishing journey to the White House," comes weeks after it published a former staffer's harrowing first-person account of an alleged sexual assault by the billionaire real-estate tycoon.

In October, ex-People reporter Natasha Stoynoff said as Trump gave her a 2005 tour of his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, he led her into a room "and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat" — an allegation Trump has vehemently denied.

But after Trump won the presidency Tuesday, People rushed out an issue that "shamelessly pandered to the Trumps: slideshows of Ivanka's 'way too cute' family photos and musings about how Trump would decorate the White House," New York magazine writer Gabriella Paiella writes.

Social media tore into People's fence-walking coverage with actress Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of legendary Hollywood director Elia Kazan and Jon Cryer, star of "Two and a Half Men" tweeting their support of a boycott of the mag.

 

 

 

Judd Apatow, director of "Trainwreck" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" also tweeted "how disgusting" of the magazine for "selling their soul."

People's editor-in-chief Jess Cagle — who last month said he supported Stoyoff's account and "to assign any other motive is a disgusting, pathetic attempt to victimize her again" — defended the mag's glowing post-election coverage in a memo to staffers, which was obtained by Politico:

"I assure you that the cover on the president-elect is in no way a celebration or endorsement of this deeply polarizing figure. And we continue to stand steadfastly by Natasha," Cagle wrote.

"Some readers are sickened to see Trump on the cover. Others are thrilled by it. In any case, it seemed wrong to put anyone other than the president-elect on the cover this week. He was elected president. We can't pretend it didn't happen."

According to New York Magazine, Alan Murray, the chief content officer of People's parent company Time Inc., fired off an internal memo to Time staff, slapping boycotters as "self-appointed social media critics,"

Aside from People's new issue, some critics were upset at the mag's breathless tweet touting its coverage:

 

 

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People magazine and its parent company Time Inc. have fired back at the firestorm of criticism over its gushing coverage of Donald Trump's election victory, with one exec blasting naysayers as "self-appointed social media critics."
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