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Is Michael Wolff Making Things Up in His Trump Book?

Published by Front Page Mag

By Daniel Greenfield

Reading excerpts from the Michael Wolff book that’s driving the news cycle this nanosecond, I’m reminded of Ed Klein’s books. A well written political thriller that reads like fiction and incorporates impossible perspectives to tell the audience exactly what they want to hear. 

And serious questions are already being raised about Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” which claims to reveal the hidden truths about Trump’s White House. Right down to reading the minds of key staffers so that Wolff can actually discuss what they’re thinking. 

But here are two fact-based objections.

Maggie is as far from a Trump partisan as it gets.

Now, Wolff doesn’t claim to be quoting Barrack, but a friend of his, which is very convenient. And Fire and Fury heavily relies on these “anonymous friend” or “friend of a friend” accounts. 

But Barrack pretty clearly denies it. And the more damning accusation is that Wolff never ran the quote by him. That would have been easy to do. And I think we’re going to see a lot of those complaints about Fire and Fury. Failing to do that does look like bad faith. And it’s much harder for Wolff to overcome than just Barrack’s denial. It smacks of Rolling Stone UVA journalism in which you run third party quotes without checking them.

And then there’s this from Don Jr.

Wolff is trying to sell the idea that Trump is completely clueless. But the claim is implausible. Trump had been very interested in politics even before he officially jumped into the race. He was quite familiar with Pelosi. Does Wolff really expect us to believe he didn’t know who the House Speaker was?

But Wolff’s book panders to progressive prejudices. And all that matters is that media types whose contempt for Trump has no rational limit find it plausible. 

January 4, 2018


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