Los Angeles Times columnist Virginia Heffernan said that Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” despite widespread denouncements and the author himself calling it “rushed,” does not need to be fact-checked.
Wolff “has been faulted for making stuff up,” Heffernan wrote, but she wants to believe the whole book — “because, for now, this stuff is too good not to.”
It takes a thief to catch a thief, and Michael Wolff, with his new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is the ideal hustler to capture President Trump, whom Wolff describes as having a “twinkle in his eye, larceny in his soul.” Wolff, if memory serves, is similar, minus the twinkle. Gimlet eyes don’t twinkle.
Say what you will about Wolff: Unless the book is wholesale invention, something in his I’m-with-the-band swagger in the West Wing attracted awesomely sordid material from Trump’s scurvy syndicate. In John Sterling at Macmillan, the book has a masterful editor, and three fact-checkers reviewed it. So I’m betting “Fire and Fury” will withstand whatever charges of journalistic impropriety come at it.
And you’re a better woman than I am if you can look away.