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People Magazine Knows How To Suck Up To Power


I think it's fair to say that People Magazine has never been accused of being a bastion of integrity and moral courage. Yet it's unsettling to see how quickly has decided to forget all of those uncomfortable stories about one of their reporters allegedly being sexually assaulted by President-Elect Donald Trump during a visit to his home:

In her story, Stoynoff recalled taking a tour of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate before the incident took place. “We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat,” Stoynoff, 51, described, adding that Trump also told her, “We’re going to have an affair, I’m telling you.”

For all of the talk from People Magazine editor Jess Cagle about how much he and the magazine support writer Natasha Stoynoff, the reality is that Trump didn't pay any sort of a price for his alleged actions. People Magazine didn't cut back coverage of Trump or do anything which might annoy the powerful real estate mogul-turned-politician. In fact, today's People Magazine web site is crammed with coverage of Trump and his family, ranging from a "hey, look at the piece we slapped together from daughter Ivanka's Instagram account" to the hard-hitting "OMG, I got to cover Donald Trump. And by cover, I mean get a selfie with."



I'm not arguing People Magazine shouldn't be covering the President-elect and his family. I'm just arguing that if his alleged assault of one of the magazine's writers means anything, the magazine might want to at least slow down its pace of breathless SEO-friendly puff pieces so fawning they make Chris Christie look like a casual Trump friend.

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