Accuracy in Media

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.”

Heffernan writes:

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.





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