Often you find a book that either sparks huge debate or becomes fodder for many late night television hosts. Whether it’s the 20 thousand similarly titled books that highly conservative pundit and possible scarecrow Ann Coulter has released about her very negative opinions on President Obama, literature still has the uncanny ability in this Snapchat and Facebook-obsessed society, to ruffle feathers or generate interest in the general public.

 

Just five days into 2018, seasoned author, journalist and Fred Armisen lookalike Michael Wolff published “Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House”, a fly on the wall account of Donald Trump’s first nine months as President. The tell-all book includes many monumental stories from the nine-month period such as the truth why FBI Director James Comey was fired as well as the hostile relationship that chief strategist Steve Bannon had with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

 

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As expected, the release of “Fire and Fury” created some chaos within the Trump administration;  although they quickly denied this, and used the catchphrase they have coined to describe press that portrays them negatively, “fake news”. President Trump even went as far as claiming that Wolff never interviewed him for the book. 

 

But is it actually fake news, though? While Wolff’s portrayal of Trump is one of an egotistical, manipulative and short-fused philanderer, and Bannon’s portrayal is one of a foul mouthed sociopath, seem to be accurate given the portrayal of their personalities in public, other aspects of the story do not seem entirely truthful.

 

For instance, Wolff informed Bill Maher during his appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” that he was allowed unfiltered access to The White House because he was reporting on the happenings there and no one ever asked him to leave or denied him access. Even though Trump’s administration is very peculiar in regards to their day-to-day operations and their boss’ erratic tweets, the possibility of a journalist just being allowed to kick it and chill without any problems in a building as heavily secure as The White House just doesn’t appear to be a realistic situation.

 

Additionally, Wolff without much evidence, hinted at Trump currently having an affair on First Lady Melania Trump, who was credited in the book as crying on the night of the 2016 presidential election when the results came in. Yet, given the recent scandal involving a rendezvous between Trump and adult film star Stormy Daniels, who knows where truth separates from fiction in this administration?

 

That said, even if I believe that the book is partially fiction, it is still a fun read for anyone who follows politics.

 

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