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'New York' Prints Trump-Free Issue To Contrast With Prior Editions

New York magazine is promising “an entire issue with Nothing About Trump” for its July 8-21 edition.

Other than the single mention of the president in that cover line, the issue claims to be packed with non-Trump stories, starting with contributing editor Jessica Pressler’s look at a “riot among the 1%” when Brooklyn’s oldest nursery school decided to become less old-fashioned.

New York announced the Trump-free issue on its Instagram account, which has 1.5 million followers.

Other non-Trump topics include writer John H. Richardson’s profile of Ben Crump, the Florida-based civil-rights lawyer who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown Jr., Tamir Rice, Alesia Thomas and Terence Crutcher. Senior correspondent Irin Carmon writes about Shari Redstone, the billionaire media executive and daughter of Sumner Redstone.

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As of this writing, the Trump-free issue hasn’t triggered a derisive tweet storm from the president, labeling New York as a “failed magazine run by a bunch of losers.”

Trump couldn’t escape the magazine two weeks earlier, when it ran an excerpt from an autobiographical book by writer E. Jean Carroll that accused him of sexually molesting her at a department store more than 20 years ago. The White House and Trump denied the report.

Blasting New York for not providing favorable coverage would be too predictable for Trump. Less foreseen was his multiple weekend tirades against Fox News, the network known for its conservative bent.

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to say Fox “is now loading up with Democrats & even using Fake unsourced @nytimes a ‘source’ of information.”

The president also likened Fox’s weekend anchors to those of CNN, NBC and MSNBC, including Brian Williams. Later that evening, he assailed Fox for hiring former Democratic Party official Donna Brazile.

It’s not clear what motivated Trump to lash out against Fox, although he may have been upset when the network aired a live broadcast from France after the U.S. women’s soccer team won the Women’s World Cup for a fourth time. A rowdy crowd loudly chanted “F— Trump” in the background, as Fox reporter Greg Palkot tried to explain the significance of the victory to viewers.

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