Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Ivanka Trump is 'as dumb as a brick' according to Steve Bannon

Ivanka Trump is 'as dumb as a brick' according to Steve Bannon

Pretty sure no members of that family are in MENSA. Colbert has noted Ivanka's intellectual limitations at various times.

All of this is fun, but note, by the way, that Wolff's book is filled with factual inaccuracies, impossible timelines, and other problematic matters. Wolff himself freely admits that he did not always fact-check what people told him, but merely repeated anecdotes as recounted to him. The book's intro says, "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. Those 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 accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true."

3 comments:

  1. I hadn't seen that quote from the Intro, but based on what I've read thus far, I'm not surprised that he admits upfront that his motto is "Fact-checking? What's that?!" A big part of my job is vetting sources before writing about them. The very first excerpt I read from this book recounted an alleged private conversation between Trump and Roger Ailes. I know Trump didn't talk to the author, I doubt Ailes did, and Ailes is now dead and conveniently can't be reached for confirmation without a Ouija board. So how did he get that conversation? At that point, this book went straight to the Kitty Kelley pile in my compost bin. I later heard that 13 people came forward after Wolff's last book to protest that he attributed quotes to them that they never said. I assume those were just the ones who were still breathing.

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  2. I'm pretty sure his source was Ailes, who did talk to Wolff.

    Note this exchange reported in Axios:

    Question: How could Wolff possibly know for sure what Steve Bannon and the late Roger Ailes said at a private dinner?

    Answer: It was private, but private does not mean "for two people." Wolff himself hosted the dinner for six at his Manhattan townhouse.

    So I reckon Ailes did his share of blabbing about cabbages and kings after Wolff plied him with wine and ... whatever other blandishments were necessary to get Ailes singin' like a canary. (I'm guessing blonde hookers.)

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  3. Further confirmation from another person at the dinner:

    https://twitter.com/janicemin/status/949005110671126528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fnews%2Fthese-claims-in-michael-wolffs-explosive-new-trump-book-are-being-challenged%2F

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