The explosive new book by Michael Wolff that rips President Donald Trump, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” has been getting a lot of play in the mainstream media, this despite a lot of highly questionable claims. Not only has at least one part been proven to be a complete lie, but it even has what amounts to a disclaimer in the book that means it is little more than unvetted gossip.
There are a lot of questionable things in the book and one part already that has been called out as a provable lie.
The book claimed that Trump didn’t know who former House Speaker John Boehner was.
From Daily Wire:
During a meeting with former Fox News head Roger Ailes at Trump Tower the day after the election, Ailes told Trump that he needed someone who could enforce structure in the White House, The Hill reported.
“You need a son of a b*tch as your chief of staff,” Ailes purportedly told Trump. “And you need a son of a bitch who knows Washington. You’ll want to be your own son of a b*tch, but you don’t know Washington.”
Ailes told Trump that he should pick former Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
Wolff claims that Trump responded by asking, “Who’s that?”
This of course was meant to show how terribly ignorant Trump was and serve that liberal narrative.
But it’s just false as multiple Trump tweets talking about Boehner show. Trump even golfed with Boehner.
Now, it’s possible that he might have meant ‘who’ if he said it at all as a diss of Boehner, as in ‘where is he now?’ But the author Wolff doesn’t allow for that in the book and just leaves it as though Trump were ignorant of Boehner altogether.
Two people allegedly quoted in the book, Katie Walsh and Thomas Barrack, also deny their quotes in the book.
And that’s part of the problem of the book as Wolff himself admits. Wolff basically admits his book is little more than unvetted gossip.
Even the Washington Post had to chastise the book.
From Washington Post:
As for the other claims, many are of the kind that has been whispered about but never reported on with any authority or certainty. Wolff has taken some of the most gossiped-about aspects of the Trump White House and put them forward as fact — often plainly stated fact without even anonymous sources cited.
In his introduction, Wolff acknowledges this is an imperfect exercise and often a daunting challenge. Here’s a key excerpt pulled by Benjy Sarlin:
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. Those 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 accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.
In other words, he’s admitting there are parts of the book are untrue, that he did actually vet them and that he’s just throwing everything up against the wall for the reader to decide whether it’s true or not, without any facts or evaluation offered against the claims.
It’s basically a disclaimer: nothing in this book may be true or real. But hey, but it’s Trump, so it’s all cool.
When even the WaPo and NBC are calling you out, there’s a problem.
That’s bad. That’s not journalism, it’s gossip to serve an agenda.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]