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Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter to step down in December

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter to step down in December
From Reuters - September 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Graydon Carter, the editor of Conde Nasts influential culture magazine Vanity Fair and a decades-long critic of President Donald Trump, will step down in December after 25 years at the helm, the publication said on Thursday.

Carter, 68, who has steered Vanity Fair through the shifting journalism landscape and expanded it onto a successful digital platform as well as print edition, will oversee its 2018 Hollywood issue, the publication said.

Ive loved every moment of my time here and Ive pretty much accomplished everything Ive ever wanted to do, Carter said in a statement, adding that he was now eager to try out this third act thing.

Carters feud with Trump dates back to his time as co-founder of Spy magazine. The satirical monthly, which spanned the 1980s and 90s, ridiculed the New York real estate magnate as a short-fingered vulgarian.

Trump, in turn, has not minced words in his criticism of Vanity Fair and Carter. In November 2015, Trump tweeted, I have watched sloppy Graydon Carter fail and close Spy Magazine and now am watching him fail at @VanityFair Magazine. He is a total loser!

Last December, after Trump won the White House, Vanity Fair published a scathing review of the Trump Grill restaurant and Trumps New York Trump Tower. In return, Trump tweeted, Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!

Vanity Fairs average monthly print circulation was 1.2 million for the six months ended June 2017, According to the Alliance for Audited Media.

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