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viernes, 12 de enero de 2018

Only 13% of voters believe the ‘Fire and Fury’ anti-Trump book

During a different era — and a different presidency — author Michael Wolff’s howl-at-the-moon lunacy that is his most recent book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, would be relegated to the pile of Hollywood scripts rejected for being too improbable to produce. Instead, the freelance conspiracist is currently enjoying a selling spree so remarkable that even older, unrelated books which happen to share the same title are experiencing a sales hike.

But Wolff’s “nonfiction” exposé isn’t a smash hit for the right reasons. According to a recent poll, only 13 percent of American voters believe the book is credible.

With the book’s sources — including former White House strategist Steve Bannon — denying many of the quotes that were published, this number will likely continue to fall.

Poll Results

A Morning Consult and Politico poll conducted the day that Fire and Fury was preemptively published to avoid a “cease and desist” order from White House legal counsel indicates that the vast majority of Americans are unconvinced that Wolff’s tell-all is telling the truth.

Researchers found that 19 percent of voters found the book “somewhat credible,” and 12 percent of poll respondents were complete skeptics who believe that Wolff’s work belongs in the fiction section of bookstores.

Meanwhile, 20 percent of participants dislodged their heads from underneath the rock from which they have been living for the past two weeks to answer that they have not heard of Fire and Fury, compared to the 22 percent of voters who are too ambivalent to care about the book and form an opinion.

Rounding out these figures were the gullible 13 percent of voters who called Wolff’s trailblazing tabloid “very credible.”

A Total Sham

Voter confidence in Wolff’s credibility has almost certainly taken a plunge since this poll was conducted. In the days following Fire and Fury, readers began to realize that they were indulging in pure fantasy as fact-checkers began exposing the book as a sham.

One of the first Wolff deceptions to be disassembled was the charge that Trump had no idea who former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was after the election. The president has tweeted about Boehner on numerous occasions, and the pair of Republicans were filmed playing golf together in 2014.

Wolff also advanced the unsubstantiated claim that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) staff rejected a reconciliation meeting in August because the senator had plans for a haircut. McConnell’s deputy chief of staff denied the accusation and argued that simple fact-checking could easily dismiss this charge from Wolff.

In another gross embellishment, a breakfast shared by Washington Post reporter Mark Berman and Ivanka Trump that never happened is used as a pretense for other lies, and Wolff makes dozens of sloppy mistakes by conflating names, places, and dates, despite taking “notes” on over 200 interviews within the White House.

“Baldly Untrue”

Wolff’s Oval Office insider account is nothing short of a grand illusion composed of smoke and mirrors. The veteran scholar of smut anticipated the backlash, however, and has attempted to justify his counterfeit biography by addressing the lies early on.

“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,” Wolff wrote, apparently telling readers to decide for themselves what is true or not.

But despite the supermajority of nonbelievers who comprise the American electorate, Wolff’s fiction does irreversible harm to the Trump administration. It did not take long for headlines to start questioning the president’s sanity, a recurring charge made in Fire and Fury.

While most Americans may dismiss the book outright, it was the preconceived suspicions that Wolff confirmed for other Americans that may end up proving detrimental to Trump. But only time will tell.