January 9, 2018

WELL, IT’S AN EXAMPLE OF WHY, ANYWAY: Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ is why Americans don’t trust the media.

Wolff’s account of the White House is, however, literally unbelievable. His account implies that President Trump did not know who John Boehner was at a time when Boehner and Trump were frequent golfing buddies. Multiple members of the White House have disputed what he quoted them saying, while the way that Wolff’s account is written makes it impossible for readers to discern if Wolff was actually there or is recreating conversations based on interviews with unnamed sources. Wolff recreates situations that some subjects have disputed ever occurred.

The White House has not disputed everything written in the book, nor disputed that Wolff did indeed have a kind of access to the White House for a period of time that was unprecedented among members of the media. But the way that Wolff has apparently played fast and loose with quotes, facts, and more in his work of nonfiction is a reason that can be used to dismiss his entire account.

Personally, I’m more and more inclined to judge Trump by what he actually does in office, not by what he allegedly says behind the scenes. And that’s looking pretty good.