On National Public Radio on Saturday morning, Weekend Edition anchor Scott Simon interviewed Ed Martin, a pro-Trump author and Republican Party man, reveling in the Donald Trump-Steve Bannon feud. Simon claimed Bannon said the president has "lost it," meaning his mind. He asked Martin if he was "supporting a president who is incapable of being entrusted" with nuclear weapons?
The headline in The Atlantic read this way: "Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump? The question to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was put this way: “What is the president’s reaction of the suggestions in this book that he is mentally unfit?” The book in question, of course, is Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury.
In an interview with BBC Radio on Saturday, Michael Wolff, the author of the dubiously-sourced gossip book targeting President Trump, boasted to host Nick Robinson that “the story” that he told, “will finally end...this presidency” once and for all. Wolff’s self-glorification was brought on when Robinson questioned the effectiveness of the book alone and wondered if it would help the Russia investigation in any way since that had a greater chance of getting rid of Trump.
In a hostile, lengthy exchange on ABC’s The View Friday, host Meghan McCain admitted frustration at being the sole Republican host on the show. Trying to explain to host Joy Behar that Trump supporters “don’t care” about the Michael Wolff book, or other controversies the media hypes about the White House, McCain gushed, “I have never felt more conservative and more defensive of the middle of the country than I have before I started working on this show.”
While she did grill Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff on his serious credibility issues during Friday’s exclusive Today show interview, NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie also provided the anti-Trump author with a platform to repeatedly hurl personal insults at the President. Wolff claimed that senior White House officials thought Trump was a “child,” “moron,” and “idiot,” among other nasty labels.
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's All In with Chris Hayes, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin declared that Republicans who have defended President Donald Trump "have really betrayed their country." She went on to similarly assert that Republicans in Congress "seriously are doing a grave injustice to the country."
Friday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, veteran anchor and former President Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos grilled Sean Spicer over the newly released controversial White House book by journalist Michael Wolff. Repeatedly, Stephanopoulos demanded Spicer confirm the sleazy gossip as accurate, and accused Trump of violating the First Amendment by trying to halt its publication.
As Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie repeatedly questioned his credibility on Friday, Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff declared that he stood by “absolutely everything” in his Trump-trashing book. Despite that assertion, he later admitted to using deceptive tactics: “I certainly said what was ever necessary to get the story.”
On Thursday's New Day on CNN, just two hours after her show came down decidedly on the liberal side of the issues of voter fraud and disenfranchisement, CNN host Alisyn Camerota denied that her show is part of the "liberal media" when Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy took a jab at her while defending President Donald Trump.
Thursday marked one week since the small protests in Mashhad, Iran that sparked the ongoing, country-wide uprising that’s left the tyrannical regime in a panic. Thursday also marked the second day since numerous salacious passages from journalist Michael Wolff’s gossip-laden book about Trump’s White House were released to the press. Despite the growth and length of the Iran protests, the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) found more interest in Wolff’s palace intrigue that the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom.
On Thursday, CNN’s The Situation Room spent over 20 minutes during its two-hour airtime peddling accusations by Democrats, a far-left Yale psychologist, and the hot takes of CNN partisans like Brian Stelter that President Trump was mentally ill and thus should be removed from office. This topic has long been on CNN’s periphery, but it popped up on a flagship program on Thursday following other discussions on at least three other CNN programs.
At the top of her show on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell was giddy as she declared that Michael Wolff’s salacious and unverified tell-all book about the Trump administration must have the White House “completely rattled.” Even as she admitted that all the details may not be true: “It’s hard to know what is actually fact and what isn’t, a lot is in quotations.”