Jake Tapper called out his CNN colleague Brian Stelter, who recommended the Michael Wolff book “Fire and Fury” because Trump haters say the book “rings true overall” despite its numerous factual errors.
Tapper chided Stelter on Twitter for his loose journalistic standards, writing: “Having many errors but ‘ringing true’ is not a journalistic standard.”
After fellow liberals slammed Tapper for criticizing his leftist colleague, Tapper backpedaled.
“That said, quotes are quotes,” he tweeted. “And if facts can be ascertained by further reporting as true, that’s also a service.”
Having many errors but “ringing true” is not a journalistic standard.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 6, 2018
That said, quotes are quotes. And if facts can be ascertained by further reporting as true, that’s also a service.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 6, 2018
Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has garnered outsized press attention because it feeds the mainstream media narrative of President Trump as a bumbling fool who’s suffering from dementia, is unstable, and is sneered at by his own staffers.
Meanwhile, the White House and numerous Trump associates have dismissed the book as snarky gossip and pointed to numerous instances where the author gets basic facts wrong. If he can’t be trusted on basic facts, how can the rest of his book be trusted?
Liberal pundits like Brian Stelter have been eager to excuse the book’s blatant errors because it mocks President Trump.
“This book paints a consistent portrait, that many other reporters have been painting for months, about the president’s incompetence and instability,” Stelter said on CNN this weekend.
Even Jake Tapper, far from a Trump fan, is completely unconvinced by the claims in Wolff's book. pic.twitter.com/VptSoiM9MO
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 7, 2018
In one anecdote designed to spotlight Trump’s purported ignorance, Wolff claimed Trump did not know who former Speaker of the House John Boehner was in 2016.
The book alleges Trump asked, “Who’s that?” when former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes suggested Trump hire Boehner as his chief of staff.
White House social media director Dan Scavino quickly debunked that claim by showing a 2013 photo of Trump playing golf with Boehner.
Claims of President Trump not knowing who John Boehner was, when they’ve known each other for a long time, are 100% FALSE! pic.twitter.com/D0iDXvpxbx
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) January 4, 2018
In another instance, Fox News host Laura Ingraham disputed Wolff’s claims that she “struggled to parse support for Trump” and tried to distance herself from him.
In reality, Ingraham was — and remains — an outspoken Trump supporter. She even interviewed for a job with his administration before launching her own Fox News show.
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
Not surprisingly, President Trump trashed Michael Wolff, calling him a “total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book.”
Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad! https://t.co/mEeUhk5ZV9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
Wolff’s mainstream media colleagues also called him out for his “sloppy” writing.
The New York Times scoffed: “He gets basic details wrong.” The New York Post blasted “Fire and Fury” as “blithe ignorance.”
The reviews are in… pic.twitter.com/UNdkNbBEFF
— GOP (@GOP) January 5, 2018
Business Insider underscored that even “the author says he can’t be sure it parts of [his book] are true.”
Then, there are the words Michael Wolff used to describe himself: “I’m a famous bloviator.” Gee…sounds like a ringing self-endorsement.
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