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Author Of Trump Book Admits No Clue What’s True; Journalists Urge Caution, Bannon Fingered As Point Of Access

The author of a polarizing new book about the Trump White House admits that he has no idea whether certain portions of his book are true, while stating that in other instances, he has “settled on a version of events I believe to be true.”

Michael Wolff, whose recently released book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” makes several fatuous claims, such as rumors that Trump eats McDonald’s so he’s not poisoned, forbids staff from touching his toothbrush, and that Trump actually didn’t want to win the election – instead planning on launching a TV network because he would be “the most famous man in the world.”

Wolff also conveyed hyperbolic statements from Steve Bannon describing Don Jr’s Trump Tower meeting with Russians as ‘treasonous and unpatriotic’ and thinks he will ‘crack like an egg’ under the pressure of the Russia investigation.

Wolff’s giant hedge over the veracity of his claims can be read below:

“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.”

As Business Insider reports after reading the book, there are several questionable aspects to Wolff’s reporting – such as lengthy, private conversations which are reported verbatim, along with knowledge of “what somebody was thinking or how the person felt.”

Wolff says he conducted “more than two hundred interviews” for his book with people including Trump and “most members of his senior staff,” and has dozens of hours of tapes to back up his reporting, according to Axios.

Questions over accuracy

Wolff’s journalistic integrity has been questioned in the past. As Business Insider reported Friday, there have been several instances from the mid-2000s in which the author was accused of inaccurate reporting:

Splinter’s David Uberti pointed out that press critics repeatedly questioned the specifics in Wolff’s 1998 book “Burn Rate,” and that in his scathing review of Wolff’s book about media mogul Rupert Murdoch, former New York Times media columnist David Carr said Wolff “never distinguished himself as a reporter” and was “far less circumspect” than other journalists. –Business Insider

Critics of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” have been quick to point out several seemingly unlikely claims, such as Trump not remembering who former House Speaker John Boehner was, and that some of the conversations appeared to be recreations.

Maggie Haberman of the New York Times said “Thin but readable. Well written. Several things are true and several that are not. Light in fact-checking and copy-editing.

NBC’s Katy Tur urged caution, tweeting a statement saying “From the Author’s Note it sounds like they are recreations. How can he be sure the characters said what they said? Where the conversations recorded and played back to him? Did he cross confirm quotes with both parties or with others in the room?” 

Tur also notes: “his access pretty much ended when Kelly came in and Bannon was kicked out.” 

Conservative radio host Laura Inghram unleashed on Wolff, tweeting “this is TOTALLY FALSE” in regards to a claim that she “struggled to parse support for Trumpism” as she and Rush Limbaugh “distanced themselves from Trump himself.”

The UK’s Tony Blair called the book a “complete fabrication,” batting down claims that he warned then-candidate Trump he may have been spied on by British agents during the 2016 election, and that he shared a “juicy rumor” with Jared Kushner that the Trump campaign had been under surveillence.

“I mean literally from beginning to end. I’ve never had such conversation in the White House, outside of the White House, with Jared Kushner, with anybody else,” Mr Blair said.

President Trump attempted to block publication of the book last week to no avail, after which he tweeted that it was “full of lies,” telling people to “Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!”

A list of the Daily Mail’s top-20 “Jaw-Dropping” claims from the book can be read here, just in time for Trump’s “Fake News” awards on Monday…

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8 comments

  1. sarcrilege

    Wolff exposed as another marxist hack pretending to be an investigative journalist.

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  2. Cricket

    Maggie Haberman (NYT) “Light in fact-checking and copy-editing.”

    Understatement of the 21st Century that could be applied equally to Mein Kampf or Mao’s Little Red Book.

    LOL. Expected behaviour from the fake news NYT.

    With Blair now involved, there will be civil suits lodged in the UK and US courts. The problem is quantifying reputational damages – Wolff seems to be an expert at writing lies and fabrications in a way that does not lead to measurable financial damage.

    I suppose their tack would have to be to go after the income Wolff + Publisher have/will received/receive as a result of this salacious fabricated nonsense.

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  3. Reversion

    Lol good for you to keep fighting the good fight. He is who we all thought he was.

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  4. Reversion

    Trump Can barely use a computer, Normal right?
    https://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/donald-trump-technology-luddite-233067

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  5. cluso to you

    Sarc? If Wolff is a Marist hack then it is more likely that ZeroPt authors are writing these articles from inside the Kremlin.

    Exactly how much koolaid do you drink daily? Really? How much does it take to keep anyone who cannot see through the puke-fest in these articles?

    Fact: IBC continues to bank serious coin from dopes clicking on these articles.

    God, I love the uneducated.

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  6. William Jay

    Forget this anti-Trump fake book nonsense, instead read (FREE DOWNLOAD TODAY) “KEK II: Trump year One, Hillary year None” (JUST RELEASED 2018), the sequel to the bestseller, “KEK: The Rise of Donald Trump”.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078S1F9DG/

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  7. Cricket

    “I suppose their tack would have to be to go after the income Wolff + Publisher have/will received/receive as a result of this salacious fabricated nonsense.”

    Wikileaks free download. All this legal and financial risk but no reward.

    Will the publisher survive? I don’t think so.

    Pompeo grinning from ear to ear. LOL.

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  8. pgwarner

    I dunno…Seems like you present as stupid like Trumpy does you have to take the heat. From listening to him and reading the book it all squares. Unless you need me to ignore what kind of an ass he presents himself as. Who you gonna believe, Trumpy or your lying eyes and ears?

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