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.