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

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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." 

Michael Wolff, Donald Trump

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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ebworthen Sat, 01/06/2018 - 18:59 Permalink

Wolff looks like a pedophile.  Is that a lip piercing?

The book impresses as a steaming crock of B.S.

Steve Bannon has jumped the shark.

Thanks for the tax cut Trump.

Next, get that wall built.

And fire Jeff Sessions.

CrazyCooter CheapBastard Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:47 Permalink

CB, the thing that really surprises me (I never really thought it COULD happen) is how the media can't really drive the story anymore (despite a huge effort). ZH is my primary news outlet now. I am sure I am not alone. I can clearly see Google News, Fark, and many other sides are very biased in how they cover stuff (ZH is too - but they tend to be more accurate which is why I stick around). InfoWars is a bit to nutty for my taste - but there are so many alternatives now it can't be owned top down (give it enough years and it will happen - just where we are right now).

I simply point to the hot-cold treatment that the MSM gives Hilllary/Barak-Donald. The bias is overwhelming and extremely obvious - but it doesn't seem to make a difference anymore.

With that backdrop, to me, this books seems like a desperate attempt to fuel a new wave of crappy reporting (the MSM are going to dissect this thing like a bible at Christian summer camp and talk about it for a year) as the old fuel is just spent and yielded nothing. Absent this book - they are out of gas on the side of the road - to no where.

I think Trump's most significant accomplishment is his ability to sideline the titans of media - or maybe it was happening because of the social aspect of the internet - but either way, here we are. Politics is going to not be the same election - will be interesting to watch and see how his (successful) strategies and tactics are adopted ...



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uneklyme Sat, 01/06/2018 - 20:06 Permalink

Donald Trump looked very unhappy that he won the election...just my read on his many facial expressions at all the events following his victory...thought it was totally obvious 

BabaLooey uneklyme Sat, 01/06/2018 - 20:35 Permalink

My opinion?

Trump was stunned that he won.


He knew how fucking god damned tough it was going to be to fight the shitfucks that populate the BIG motherfucking SWAMP in D.C...................

...and just look one year on............the sharting..the crying...the lying...the pissing....the moaning....

THAT was his facial expression....

(Holy shit....I got some whoop assing to do! WHOM can I trust to help me????)

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Fred box Sat, 01/06/2018 - 21:55 Permalink

All Obama was,was a elegant talker! Trump should be given the chance as the elected President Of The U.S. to try to be a doer! Obama piled on $7-$9T onto the U.S.Debt,and was at war each and every day of his 8 year tour(something to be proud of alright).Trump has been vilified before day one,and every day since.With the U.S.Debt at $19.5T and growing like a drunken sailor's spending.Who do you want behind the helm? Another WarMonger(Clinton) or a shrewd business man like Trump?

CrazyCooter Fred box Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:55 Permalink

If the debt doesn't grow - the system implodes. Just how the system works.

The last president to SHRINK national spending was - wait of it - Eisenhower.

So, the debt is going to grow until it blows up. One day it will. Maybe I will be dead. Maybe it will be tomorrow. Who knows.

And sailors stop spending when they run out of money - so cut them some slack. ;-)

HINT: when the monetary/banking system implodes - war is a really good way to avoid paying back the people you borrowed from ...



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Peter41 Sun, 01/07/2018 - 00:03 Permalink

Fools will be fools. Clowns will buy this trash book and swear it is true, just like the clowns at CNN keep peddling their nonsense about Russian influence in the Trump campaign.

zimboe Sun, 01/07/2018 - 00:28 Permalink

There's Horse-shit, and there's Blatant Horse-shit.

And lets face it, Steve "Slappy" Bannon does looks like a wino on day 3 of a bender. Lets make a GoFundMe to buy this guy a pallet of disposable razors.

MusicIsYou Sun, 01/07/2018 - 01:25 Permalink

I can imagine some of the things in the book are true and other things fabrications. Regardless, people are going to believe what they think is true in the book and what things aren't true. The exact same way people pick and choose which bible scripture they believe is true and other scripture they don't believe.

OverTheHedge MusicIsYou Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:19 Permalink

Just one point - Tony Blair is not to be trusted. If he is still breathing, he is still lying. Therefore, his statement above is probably complete bollocks. I'm not sure if he would be in a position to know about any surveillance, but he lies by default, so we have to assume that the opposite of what he says applies.

Yes, I am prejudiced, but I left the country to avoid the tosser first time around, so you can at least say I put my money where my mouth is.

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