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CNN’s Jake Tapper Questions Credibility of Wolff Book

Fresh off a more-than-contentious confrontation with White House aide Stephen Miller Sunday, CNN”s Jake Tapper on Monday questioned the accuracy of the reporting in Michael Wolff’s anti-Trump diatribe, “Fire and Fury.”

And that’s the problem with the book. Surely, some of it is true. But given the errors in Wolff’s book and his reputation for making stuff up, we have to just guess what’s true and what isn’t.

From Tapper’s remarks:

Wolff’s reporting should be met with skepticism. It is riddled with errors and rumors. And in his marketing of the book, Wolff made the unbelievable assertion that 100 percent of the president’s family members and top advisers have concerns about his mental fitness for the job, 100 percent. That’s simply not true . . .

And there’s this, three errors in just this one paragraph on page 78, a misspelling of Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s name. Wilbur Ross is identified as the labor secretary when he’s actually the commerce secretary. And Wolff has reporter Mark Berman at a restaurant which Berman says he’s never been to . . .

So that’s the conundrum we’re in. We have an author who had access, an author who had great quotes, but did he have great facts?

Contrast Tapper’s skepticism with the attitude of Katy Tur over at MSNBC, who congratulates Wolff on producing a book the president hates.

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3 Responses to CNN’s Jake Tapper Questions Credibility of Wolff Book

  1. Hmm. Curious. Bannon grovels an apology, and now NBC is backing up from their enthusiasm of a dubious tell-all book. NBC said Oprah is “..our next President” and now she isn’t.
    Perhaps the Dems don’t want to run a candidate against VP Pence in 2020?
    I haven’t read the book, don’t plan to do so in the future, so my opinion of the content and the author’s motivation is only from what has been said or printed about it.

  2. I wouldn’t trust the judgement of any journalist named KatyTur(d), asking tough questions of a questionable author (who himself acknowledges) writing about things that may not be true.

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