Fire and Fury is out today: Debunked, bothered and bewildered

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz | January 5th, 2018

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Fire and Fury is out today: Debunked, bothered and bewildered

Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, was released today, amid a bom­bo­ge­n­e­sis of free pub­lic­ity. Win­ter storm Grayson’s flur­ries were noth­ing com­pared to the controversy.

Dur­ing his short stint, Steve Ban­non appar­ently had Wolff at the White House, blab­bing away on every­thing and any­thing con­cern­ing his employer.

Debunked,
The NY Mag arti­cle pre­ced­ing the book’s release has Ban­non explain­ing that “Trump didn’t want to win,” for starters. Trump was spend­ing his own money and fly­ing his own plane to six ral­lies daily, but, that aside, I’d be curi­ous to know how that jives with the Rus­sia col­lu­sion story. Either you are “trea­so­nous and unpa­tri­otic” (in Bannon’s words), plot­ting with Russia-​Russia-​Russia to throw the elec­tion in your favor, or you don’t want to win: you can’t have both.

Con­ser­v­a­tives who know Ban­non have turned on him, and they are not kind. Ben Shapiro con­sid­ers him a bad per­son who should not be at Breitbart,

Ban­non is far more of a lia­bil­ity than an asset: he doesn’t have the ear of the Breitbart-​investing Mer­cers, he doesn’t have the ear of the White House, and he doesn’t have the ear of the base.

Andrew Kla­van states in his pod­cast that “The press goes crazy over Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury,” but what we’ve seen so far is absurd crap.” Kla­van started yesterday’s pod­cast with “the meet­ing [Ban­non] didn’t attend dur­ing cam­paigns he hadn’t joined” and lets it rip,

Kla­van debunks sev­eral other points; as he puts it, “Fire and fury sig­ni­fies noth­ing,” while the media per­pet­u­ates its nar­ra­tive. Just bear in mind that if it’s too good to check, it prob­a­bly isn’t true.

Both­ered,
Pres­i­dent Trump has a nick­name for Bannon,

https://​plat​form​.twit​ter​.com/​w​i​d​g​e​ts.js

Bewil­dered,
Fol­low­ing the above tweet, a bewil­dered Michael Moore took excep­tion and thinks Pres. Trump is unfit to serve because Moore was sloppy first,

https://​plat​form​.twit​ter​.com/​w​i​d​g​e​ts.js

Alt­house has an expla­na­tion for Moore,

I get the impres­sion that he [Trump] feels dis­gust toward men who are fat and don’t dis­creetly encap­su­late the fat in a stan­dard busi­ness suit (as he him­self does).

Good tai­lor­ing matters.

On a sep­a­rate topic,
I see that my post on Hur­ri­cane Irma prepa­ra­tion was one of the duds of 2017. Luck­ily, the hur­ri­cane did not cause any damage.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, was released today, amid a bombogenesis of free publicity. Winter storm Grayson’s flurries were nothing compared to the controversy.

During his short stint, Steve Bannon apparently had Wolff at the White House, blabbing away on everything and anything concerning his employer.

Debunked,
The NY Mag article preceding the book’s release has Bannon explaining that “Trump didn’t want to win,” for starters. Trump was spending his own money and flying his own plane to six rallies daily, but, that aside, I’d be curious to know how that jives with the Russia collusion story. Either you are “treasonous and unpatriotic” (in Bannon’s words), plotting with Russia-Russia-Russia to throw the election in your favor, or you don’t want to win: you can’t have both.

Conservatives who know Bannon have turned on him, and they are not kind. Ben Shapiro considers him a bad person who should not be at Breitbart,

Bannon is far more of a liability than an asset: he doesn’t have the ear of the Breitbart-investing Mercers, he doesn’t have the ear of the White House, and he doesn’t have the ear of the base.

Andrew Klavan states in his podcast that “The press goes crazy over Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury,” but what we’ve seen so far is absurd crap.” Klavan started yesterday’s podcast with “the meeting [Bannon] didn’t attend during campaigns he hadn’t joined” and lets it rip,

Klavan debunks several other points; as he puts it, “Fire and fury signifies nothing,” while the media perpetuates its narrative. Just bear in mind that if it’s too good to check, it probably isn’t true.

Bothered,
President Trump has a nickname for Bannon,

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Bewildered,
Following the above tweet, a bewildered Michael Moore took exception and thinks Pres. Trump is unfit to serve because Moore was sloppy first,

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Althouse has an explanation for Moore,

I get the impression that he [Trump] feels disgust toward men who are fat and don’t discreetly encapsulate the fat in a standard business suit (as he himself does).

Good tailoring matters.

On a separate topic,
I see that my post on Hurricane Irma preparation was one of the duds of 2017. Luckily, the hurricane did not cause any damage.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

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