Sometimes “tell all” books about politics are Non-Fiction. Sometimes they’re Fiction. Other times, they’re Science Fiction.
The Washington media and cable news talking heads are losing their collective minds as a new book about the Trump Administration is hitting bookshelves. There are numerous revelations and passages that are getting a lot of attention, and the President is threatening legal action (though, that’s pretty much the norm.)
Michael Wolff wrote the book. He’s a longtime New York social scene writer/gossip columnist. You can imagine, in a building filled with some of the most credible journalists in the world, his credibility is being called into question. The President claims Wolff never had access to the White House. Wolff claims he received access to the White House through appointments made by a staffer. The Trump Administration is not releasing White House visitor logs, so unless they reverse that decision, we won’t know if he was there. Wolff has also claimed he taped interviews, so it would help his credibility by releasing some of those.
Also know some of this commotion is being built up by Wolff and his publishers to sell more books. He said as much at the beginning of a Today Show interview this morning. There is also a long history of the President using “bad press” to help keep himself in the news. He’s treating the Oval Office as the Manhattan social scene in the 80’s, in a way.
As for the content in the book, you can decide to buy it and make your own decisions on the accusations made in the book. Just remember to take it all with a grain of salt. It’s more than likely at least some of the stories are true. It’s also more than likely some of the “facts” in the book have been glammed up by a very creative writer.
We’re going to see a lot of books about the Trump administration over the next three years. Read what you want. Believe what you want. But let’s not lose our damn minds every time one hits Amazon.
Patrick Pfingsten is an award-winning journalist, political consultant, and PR expert. You can find him on Twitter @pfingsten1 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.