Tag Archives: Michael Wolff

Fire and Fury: A Trumpist soap opera

Source: spiked
by Tim Slater

“Public life … lacks coherence and drama. (History, by contrast, attains coherence and drama only in hindsight.)’ So writes Michael Wolff in his incendiary expose on the Trump administration, Fire and Fury. That pap reflection unintentionally reminds us that this 300-page piece of palace-intrigue journalism, hastily written just months after he spent 200 or so days hanging around the White House, is too seeping with soap-operatic drama for it to feel remotely credible. As you leaf through this ‘insiders’ take’ on the chaotic Trump White House, and the definitely unhinged and potentially infirm man at the centre of it, one’s inbuilt bullshit detector doesn’t stop buzzing.” (01/12/18)


Donald Trump’s open meeting just proves how right Michael Wolff is

Source: The Daily Beast
by Margaret Carlson

“The biggest, the best, the longest White House reality episode took place on Tuesday to dismal ratings. Rather than be the sure-fire, live-cast way to change the subject from Michael Wolff’s book in which his staff and others declared his dangerous incompetence and show Trump at his deal-making best, the meeting revealed that on the whole Wolff got it right. Trump had only to hold two things in his mind at the same time. DACA, yes; the Wall he chanted about at every campaign rally, yes. And oh, don’t be wooed by Democrats. Do not flirt, as he did with Chuck and Nancy over Chinese food. Do not believe they like you. Do not give in to the thrill of the deal. Democrats are the enemy. But he couldn’t do that and his failure happened in real time for everyone to witness.” (01/10/18)


The real scandal should be Trump’s attempt to ban that book

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“Opponents claim that the ‘revelations’ in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House prove President Donald Trump is ‘unfit’ for office. But what exposes Trump is not the petty gossip about eating burgers in bed. The real scandal should be the president’s attempt to suppress the book, and his threat to introduce tougher US libel laws to protect the powerful from criticism. The lie behind Trump’s noise about championing freedom and making America great again is laid bare by his fear and loathing of free speech — the one liberty that has set US democracy apart, protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Yet amid all the criticism around Fire and Fury, this is one stick the president’s opponents are ill-equipped to use against him. Because the Trump-hating American left fears free speech as much as he does.” (01/10/18)


Whether or not Trump’s libel threat violates the First Amendment, it’s clearly an assault on free speech

Source: Reason
by Brian Doherty

“One of the president’s lawyers sent a threatening letter last week to author Michael Wolff and to Steve Rubin, Wolff’s publisher at Henry Holt. The attorney, Charles Harder, claimed to be ‘investigating numerous false and/or baseless statements’ in Fire and Fury, the hot new book on the Trump administration that Wolff wrote and Rubin published. Harder demanded, on behalf of the president of the United States, that Wolff’s book — that is, a work of journalism critical of Trump and his administration — be taken out of circulation. … In short: The president of the United States is demanding a book critical of him disappear from public view under threat of legal punishment. This censorious mentality is appalling, but it sadly is not far outside the norms of American politics.” (01/10/18)


Fire and Fury: A tale of two Trump lawsuits

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Two days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States, a former contestant on his reality TV Show, The Apprentice, sued him for defamation. At issue was his public response to her allegations of unwanted kisses and forceful gropes. He had caller her a ‘liar’ and claimed she was motivated by greed and/or politics. Now the shoe’s on the other foot: Trump is threatening to sue publisher Henry Holt and Co. if they release a new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff. … In early December, Trump’s lawyers argued in court that he was just too busy and that his job was just too important for him to be dragged into court by a mere reality show contestant. … If he’s too busy and important to be sued, how can it be that he has the free time, the undiverted attention span, and the scratchable itch to to go around threatening to sue others?” (01/04/18)


If Trump has been defamed, he should sue

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Michael Wolff has published a sensational new book about the Trump administration. In it, he quotes Steve Bannon, formerly the chief executive of the Trump campaign and chairman of Trump propaganda outlet Breitbart, characterizing meetings between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian operatives as ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘treasonous.’ Bannon also is quoted as saying that there is ‘zero’ chance that Donald Trump himself was unaware of the meetings. … If the Trump administration is telling the truth, and Wolff is telling tales (selling wolf tickets, as it were), then Trump should sue him and sue his publishers, Henry Holt & Company, a division of Macmillan and part of the giant Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. And by that I mean: Trump should actually sue Wolff and Henry Holt, rather than simply send a cease-and-desist letter, as he has done.” [editor’s note: Trump shouldn’t be allowed to sue anyone until he stops claiming that he’s too busy and important to be required to respond when someone else sues HIM – TLK]