Fire & Fury is a tell all book painting an extremely negative picture of Donald Trump and his administration. The book is selling fast, it is making headlines. However, is it accurate?
Many details are wrong. Whether the larger narrative is true is a different question.
Here’s a list of the factual inaccuracies PolitiFact noted:
• Wolff said then-Speaker of the House John Boehner resigned in 2011; it was actually 2015.
• Wolff said Trump didn’t know who Boehner was in 2016 ("Who’s that?"), even though Trump tweeted about Boehner’s reputation for crying in 2015.
• Wolff said Wilbur Ross was Trump’s choice for labor secretary; it was actually commerce secretary.
• Wolff misspelled the name of Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen (not "Hillary Rosen").
• There are many typos, as well as wrong word choices ("pubic" instead of public; a dream "differed" instead of deferred).
• Wolff reported that Washington Post reporter Mark Berman was at a Four Seasons breakfast when it was likely another person named Mike Berman.
• Wolff writes that the infamous Steele dossier, a private compendium of Trump’s history with Russia, suggested that Trump was being blackmailed by Russia. A more restrained interpretation of the dossier suggests Trump could be subject to blackmail, but not that he was the actual victim of it.
A bigger problem with Fire and Fury, however, is that by any standard of sound journalism it has big problems with transparency and sourcing. Politifact
If Wolff is to give his book credibility he should release the recorded interviews he says he has in his possession. Moreover, maybe he needs to get permission from his sources to tell the public who they are (that won't happen because Wolff claims they are still in the White House and none want to lose their jobs).
Wolff probably will not give us any facts as to his sources, tapes or any information creating transparency. Why? Wolff will claim his sources, and the recordings, are confidential. Most important, he is selling books, a lot of books. The controversy is good for sales as is the lack of transparency and sourcing.
With this said, if this book is 50% accurate there is a problem in the White House.