Despite stating she had no prior knowledge of the story being published, Us Weekly said her representative was informed
“Why I Disagree With My Dad”
An interview with Ivanka Trump that aired on Fox & Friends Monday morning revealed she was surprised by the June 19th cover of Us Weekly, which featured a photo of Trump emblazoned with the headline “Why I Disagree With My Dad”.
Although the cover headline appears to imply that the quote was made directly from the first daughter, Trump herself stated “. . . I never actually spoke to them, and I didn’t know about the article being written until after it was published. But it’s written in the first person, which is a slightly misleading headline.”
The story itself quotes a few so-called “Ivanka insiders” with no direct quotes from Trump herself. The online Us Weekly headline, “How Ivanka Trump Influences Her Father Donald Trump”, is more subtle.
Samir Husni, a magazine industry expert, commented “There is always a loophole in the story that tells you, ‘We actually did not speak with her,’”, when asked about the blunt headline.
Backlash over possible Presidential influence on Us Weekly, other magazines
Controversy over Trump’s Us Weekly cover was due in part to the close relationship between David Pecker, the CEO of American Media Incorporated and the new owner of Us Weekly.
Pecker is a noted friend and supporter of President Trump and used one of the other magazines owned by AMI, The National Enquirer, to promote the President’s campaign efforts and candidacy.
The forthcoming edition of the New-Yorker, due to be released July 3rd, contains a lengthy article exploring Pecker’s relationship with President Trump, and criticizes the Ivanka Trump cover as “fawning” coverage, despite Us Weekly having primarily been “apolitical in its orientation”.