Expect fire and fury on the Sunday shows this morning as White House surrogates fan out to counterprogram the new Michael Wolff book. The star guest on “Meet the Press” is Wolff himself, who’ll dish dirt on the president and hopefully be asked why his book appears to contain so many basic factual errors.
Spotted in the new Michael Wolff book about Trump: A Four Seasons breakfast featuring "Washington Post national reporter Mark Berman"
(I have never had breakfast at the Four Seasons, never actually been there) (but now I wonder if I can use this to go eat there and expense it?) pic.twitter.com/bWgVAwrEfj
— Mark Berman (@markberman) January 5, 2018
Fire and Fury, in describing how the travel ban EO was drafted and bungled, has this description of Trump side Stephen Miller. pic.twitter.com/ssxWWpC5sw
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 4, 2018
From Wolff book—this is TOTALLY FALSE. I was there! “Distanced themselves from Trump”?! Total fabrication. pic.twitter.com/75QbME75IL
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 5, 2018
Wolff himself writes in the prologue to “Fire and Fury”:
Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.
Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.
So some claims are obviously wrong, and other claims Wolff suspects are wrong but is passing them along anyway as a sort of FYI to the world. Good luck separating the fact from the fiction as a reader when the author himself seems shaky about it.
Wolff’s chief critic this morning is Corey Lewandowski, author of a recent campaign tell-all himself but one that’s scrupulously admiring of the president, of course. He’ll be on “Fox News Sunday” to audition for a White House job by calling Wolff’s book trash brimming with self-serving lies and maybe answering a question or two about putting his hands on women.
If salacious Washington infighting doesn’t float your boat, CIA chief Mike Pompeo will also be on “Fox News Sunday” and “Face the Nation” to discuss trivia like nuclear war with North Korea and the possibility of regime change in Iran. And Lindsey Graham will sit down with “Meet the Press” because it’s Sunday and there’s a camera available and that’s just how he rolls. The full line-up is at the AP.