MASSIVE COVER-UP BLOWN WIDE OPEN!
Accusing the President of the United States of something is a pretty tall order. If you want to take on the leader of the free world, you’d better have your ducks in a row and your lawyer on speed dial, and that doesn’t just apply to this President. A presidential administration is a dynamic and ever-changing thing, morphing into whatever the nation needs that day. What the nation positively doesn’t need at this time is a book whose only rival would be a supermarket tabloid for the type of unflattering and downright slanderous content that it holds.
As it turns out though, author Michael Wolff was much more interested in making a quick buck (or million bucks) than he was with either the health of the nation or truthfulness. While the President and the author contradicting one another would be a classic he said/he said, it’s come to the attention of many that even Wolff himself doesn’t believe all of what’s in the book.
To make matters worse, not only is he publishing things that the President and his administration say aren’t true, he didn’t even have enough access to gain that information for himself, so he has no way of knowing if they’re true or not. According to the President himself, Wolff wasn’t even allowed into the places where he supposedly got this information that he’s planning to make so much money off of:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
As if that’s not bad enough, Wolfe isn’t even sure of the information. He told Business Insiderthat he really can’t confirm that he even thinks the details are true. Apparently, he’s freely admitting that a lot of what is in his book is guesswork:
“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.
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 rounded up some more of the most eye-catching claims in this article.
Trump, who sought to block publication of the book but was too late, tweeted Thursday that it was ‘full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.’
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, described the book as ‘complete fantasy.’
Asked to rebut specific points, she said: ‘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.’”
Not only is President Trump saying that it’s false, and the author of the book refusing to authenticate it, others, outside of the administration who are supposedly exposed in the book, some of whom don’t even particularly care for President Trump, are denying it claims:
“Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who the book said warned Trump that he may be under surveillance from British spies, issued a statement describing the claim as ‘categorically absurd’ and ‘simply untrue.’
Anna Wintour, the longtime Vogue editor, also dismissed the claim that she lobbied Trump to be his ambassador to the UK as ‘laughably preposterous.’”
According to the same article, this isn’t the first time Wolff’s credibility has been called into question. Apparently, other journalists have also urged caution. in believing his outlandish claims even reaching as far back as his 2008 book on Rupert Murdoch.
All in all, if you’re looking for a great piece of fiction or a peek into the mind of the other side, Wolf’s book might be just the thing for you. But if you want the truth, you’re going to have to sane through all the liberal lies to find it, and it probably won’t be in a tell-all written by someone who didn’t even have access to the guy he was writing about.