Sunday, January 07, 2018
CNN's Alisyn Camerota early Thursday offered a stinging disclaimer around Michael Wolff's new book, which includes allegations and accounts of palace intrigue in the West Wing, saying it "isn't really journalism."
"We should mention that it sounds like Michael Wolff's modus operandi was to let the people he interviewed spin yarns," the "New Day" co-host said, said regarding "Fire and Fury." "And then he didn't necessarily fact-check them. He didn't necessarily need two sources," the former "Fox & Friends" host continued.
"This isn't really journalism. This is a very interesting read but in terms of the way he processed them, he admits in the author's note that he let people tell their own stories and he printed them," she concluded.
In his author's not, Wolff states he did use his journalistic judgment and research to arrive at what he describes "a version of events I believe to be true."
Here is the relevant part of the note, from the 10th page of the book's prologue:
"Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.
"Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true."
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