Yesterday, the press was apoplectic over the alleged quotes by Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist, in a new book by author Michael Wolff, called “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”. In the book, Bannon criticizes President Trump’s inner circle, including Donald Trump Jr., and his son-in-law Jared Kushner over their meeting with Russian “operatives”, claiming the meeting was “treasonous”.
Trump came out swinging at Bannon with this tweet, where he unleashed on the author Michael Wolff today: I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
And again, just before midnight on the same day Wolff’s book was released, Trump slammed “Sloppy Steve” and author Michael Wolff, who Trump calls a “total loser who made up stories to sell this really boring and untruthful book” in his latest tweet:
So, how truthful is Wolff’s book? According to the author himself, he’s not quite sure it’s all true.
Has the media zeroed in on the tabloid-style book to keep Americans distracted from the real news, that Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation are now under investigation by the DOJ? Does the media hope we won’t read about how Comey allegedly committed a federal crime when he released classified emails to his professor friend, who then leaked them to the media?
Here’s the top story on the Drudge Report:
The author of the explosive new book about Donald Trump’s presidency acknowledged in an author’s note that he wasn’t certain all of its content was true.
Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” included a note at the start that casts significant doubt on the reliability of the specifics contained in the rest of its pages.
Several of his sources, he says, were definitely lying to him, while some offered accounts that flatly contradicted those of others.
But some were nonetheless included in the vivid account of the West Wing’s workings, in a process Wolff describes as “allowing the reader to judge” whether the sources’ claims are true.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham came out hard after the author, Michael Wolff, when she highlighted a sentence on a page in the controversial book and tweeted it out with the following message: From Wolff book—this is TOTALLY FALSE. I was there! “Distanced themselves from Trump”?! Total fabrication.
From Wolff book—this is TOTALLY FALSE. I was there! “Distanced themselves from Trump”?! Total fabrication. pic.twitter.com/75QbME75IL
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 5, 2018
In other cases, the media columnist said, he did use his journalistic judgment and research to arrive at what he describes “a version of events I believe to be true.”
Here is the relevant part of the note, from the 10th page of the book’s prologue:
“Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.
“Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.”
The book itself, reviewed by Business Insider from a copy acquired prior to its Friday publication, is not always clear about what level of confidence the author has in any particular assertion.
Lengthy, private conversations are reported verbatim, as are difficult-to-ascertain details like what somebody was thinking or how the person felt.
Wolff attributes his book to “more than two hundred interviews” with people including Trump and “most members of his senior staff.” According to the news website Axios, Wolff has dozens of hours of tapes to back up what he said.
Claims contained in the book have been widely reported by the media in the US and further afield.
They include assertions that Trump never wanted to be president, that all of his senior staff considered him an idiot, that he tried to lock the Secret Service out of his room, and that he ate at McDonald’s to avoid being poisoned.-Business Insider
White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, described the book as “complete fantasy” and told the rabid press corp that “I’m not going to waste my time or the country’s time going page by page and talking about a book that is complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip.” Sanders went on to explain how little Americans care about the ridiculous content of the book as compared to jobs, the economy, the threat of ISIS and the reduction of taxes.