The new book seems juicy. But what should we believe?
A dishy new book purports to reveal the inner secrets of the Trump White House — and has already provoked President Donald Trump to a furious response.
But how much of it should we believe?
The book in question is Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by longtime media writer Michael Wolff. And while it won’t be released until next week, it’s already dominating the political news cycle. New York magazine published a lengthy excerpt from it Wednesday, the Hollywood Reporter ran a column by Wolff on the book Thursday, and the Guardian, the Washington Post, and CNBC have all run quotes from it. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, meanwhile, has come under fire from the Trump family for quotes he seems to have given to Wolff.
I haven’t gotten my hands on the full book just yet, but the excerpts from it out so far tell a mostly familiar big-picture story of chaos during the presidential transition and in Trump’s early months in the White House. Wolff spruces things up, though, with new quotes, anecdotes, and purported personal details — many of which are eye-popping and unflattering.
Indeed, some of the things Wolff describes in the excerpts sound so outlandish — and also happen to be so hazily sourced — that there’s already a vigorous discussion in the political world about just how, exactly, this book should be interpreted. As fact? As “trashy tabloid fiction,” as the White House argues? Or as something in between?
From what I’ve read so far, my view is that we should interpret the book as a compendium of gossip Wolff heard. A fair amount of it does clearly seem to be accurate. Wolff did get access to Read More Here