It seems as though with each passing day, the media case of Trump Derangement Syndrome grows more severe. Many may be hard pressed to remember the fact-challenged Michael Wolff “tell all” book, Fire and Fury, which was full of sloppy reporting. Despite this, on Tuesday, late night host Jimmy Kimmel was as giddy as he covered the sequel to Fire and Fury, Siege: Trump Under Fire.
Mark Levin's book Unfreedom of the Press drew another hostile book review, this time from the leftist British newspaper The Guardian. The headline on Lloyd Green's review was "Mark Levin's Trumpist take on the first amendment...The passionate pro-Trump convert’s attack on the mainstream media occasionally sounds like ‘fake news’ itself." And yet in his very next book review, Mr. Green was fulsomely praising an actual fake-news purveyor, Michael Wolff.
For a year that featured Joy Behar’s anti-Christian tirade on The View, faux conservatives making fools of themselves on cable news, Jim Acosta’s nuttiness, and Samantha Bee’s ugly use of the c-word against First Daughter Ivanka Trump, 2018 provided an inordinate amount of content for the NewsBusters staff. Following the precedent set in 2016 and 2017, the following post gives you, the readers, a look at the top ten posts of 2018 based on traffic.
MSNBC’s Hardball was in rare form on Tuesday, featuring host Chris Matthews and his various guests perpetually stepping in it. It started with Matthews comparing anti-Trump books to the synoptic Gospels and it snowballed from there, ranging from Matthews touting John Kerry’s new book as being so monumental, panelists the President lacking empathy for hurricane 9/11 victims, and ending with Matthews dubbing the First Family “un-American.”
During the ongoing fallout over Omarosa Manigault Newman’s attention-seeking book tour, Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson slammed the President for calling the author a “dog” in a tweet and went so far as to accuse Trump of using “KKK language” in his attacks. Tuesday afternoon on CNN, Dyson accused Trump of “evoking an entire history of assault against black people with dehumanizing language” while responding to the claims made by the author of Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.
Michael Wolff, the Trump-hating journalist who made very questionable claims about the White House with little proof, doesn’t really consider himself a journalist. Talking to The Vassar Political Review, Wolff conceded, “I’m not a political journalist. I’m not, frankly, all that much interested in politics. I’m a writer. I’m barely a journalist, actually.”
Sunday, Australia's The Today Show host asked Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff whether he should apologize for starting and backing away from a rumor of an extramarital affair between UN Ambassador Haley and President Trump. Wolff then claimed that his earpiece wasn't working. At one point, when the host asked Wolff if he could hear him, the author responded almost immediately. Today subsequently demonstrated that there were no technical difficulties.
It’s ironic that the people that have made money from Trump’s presidency are complaining that they don’t like their newfound source of wealth. According to Deadline Hollywood, Alec Baldwin and Michael Wolff made an appearance at New York’s Town Hall to whine about “acute Trump fatigue.”
The New York Review of Books February 22 issue prominently displayed journalist Michael Tomasky’s blessing of two virulently anti-Trump books, Michael Wolff’s infamous Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, and the anti-conservative jeremiad Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republican by David Frum. The NYRB’s cover teaser read “Fire in the White House.” The review's title was “The Worst of the Worst.” Tomasky warned of the danger of Trump’s “incitement of private violence to radicalize supporters.”
On Thursday, the panel on MSNBC’s Morning Joe dog piled Michael Wolff for propagating an unfounded rumor that President Trump had been having an affair with his ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley. The confrontation became so heated that the show’s co-anchor Mika Brzezinski eventually cut the interview short and asked Wolff to leave
In a Politico podcast released on Friday morning, U.S. Ambassador for the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tore into Trump gossip book author Michael Wolff’s “disgusting,” “highly offensive,” and sexist rumor that alleged without evidence that she’s been sleeping with President Trump. Haley deemed Wolff’s behavior to be a “rampant” pattern spreading “lies” “for money and power.”
President Donald Trump said, "We are going to take a strong look at our country's libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts." The president was responding to statements made in Michael Wolff's new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.