A bucket of cold water for the never Trumpsters and the media ululating and in rapturous orgasm over the Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury on the Trump White House.
From Fridays Cut & Paste in the Oz.
But let’s look at the author himself. A report on Wolff’s book about the dotcom boom, Burn Rate, on Brill’s Content, October 1998:
“..seven of the main characters and six others portrayed in — or familiar with — events in the book … say Wolff invented or changed quotes. And none of those quoted recalls Wolff taking notes or recording the discussions..”
The New Republic’s profile on Wolff, August 30, 2004:
“..The scenes in his columns aren’t recreated so much as created — springing from Wolff’s imagination rather than from actual knowledge of events..”
One bit of Wolff’s Trump book has already been debunked. Fire and Fury, yesterday:
“..(Roger) Ailes had a suggestion (for White House chief of staff): John Boehner, who had stepped down as Speaker of the house only a year earlier. “Who’s that?” asked Trump..”
Trump did know Boehner. Politico, August 7, 2013:
“..Speaker John Boehner played golf with businessman and perennial presidential tease Donald Trump Tuesday in New Jersey..”
Be very careful with Wolff’s explosive book on the Trump White House until it has been completely fact-checked. Slate, yesterday:
“..Wolff is notorious for making provocative claims without backing them up … he was once described by one of his own editors as having no skill greater than creating the “appearance” of knowing things he does not in fact know. So you might want to take Wednesday’s reports with a mogul-size grain of salt..” Cut and Paste — A Wolff in wolf’s clothing: Trump tell-all book cannot be trusted