Trump attacks Woodward, but may not work Crash writing
President Trump and his allies at the White House are mounting a counter-attack on Bob Woodward’s book, but let’s say there’s no merit. As a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who has written books about presidents since Richard Nixon, he can not be dismissed simply as a third-degree breakthrough or someone with an ax to grind. Woodward has hundreds of hours of interviews with the White House and other sources of ‘fear,’ along with internal documents. But the president is still trying to tell the Daily Caler: ‘It’s just another bad book, he had a lot of credibility problems.’ ‘The book does not mean anything, it’s a fantasy,’ he told reporters yesterday. ‘He had the same problem with other presidents.’
Senior officials have rushed to deny the abusive comments attributed to them. Trump on Twitter:
and wrote on Twitter: ‘Woodward’s book was refuted and lost by [Defense Secretary] James Matisse and General John Kelly.’ ‘Their quotations were made up of scams and scams on public … Similarly stories and other stories.
Sorry, Bob Woodward’s exclusion of potential Democratic activists is not simply washed. He has written a harsh book about the White House Clinton and a revealing look at the Obama administration’s handling of military conflicts.
Another tweet – ‘I do not know why politicians in Washington do not change defamation laws?’ – reflects the president’s frustration with the press. In the context of the precedent of the Supreme Court, a public figure must prove that the work of the journalist is not only false, but that he has acted with reckless hatred or disregard for whether it is true or not. How will the president change that?
not perfect. His books have always been controversial. There has always been criticism that people who collaborate with him portray more sympathetically than people who do not (although this is an issue for all journalists). Some of his convictions are repeatedly denied.
INTELLIGENCE: You have John Kelly, who describes the president as ‘out of bars’ and presides over ‘Critzion’, denying some quotations attributed to him. You have Jim Matisse, who was described as saying that the president is working at the fifth or sixth grade, describing the book as a ‘fantasy’. You have lawyer John Dodd, denying that he told Trump that he would either refuse to sit with Bob Mueller or face life in an ‘orange suit.’ These are strong statements.
But I saw Woodward from close range and he does not invent things. Sources may have misjudged him, or may have false memories, or have agendas. But he does not write fiction. ‘It’s just another bad book,’ Trump told the Daily Koller.
Trump said about Woodward: ‘He denied that he called’ Jeff Sessions ‘mentally retarded’ or ‘mute South.’
But Trump did Twitter five years ago, ‘only Obama can escape the attack on Bob Woodward.’
And on the wonderful voice of Trump’s August call to Woodward, saying no one had told him the multiple reporter’s requests for an interview, the president said, ‘I loved to talk to you, you know I’m very open, I think you’ve always been fair.’ But once the snippets reach the fan, that’s not much.
Incidentally, I passed something similar with my book ‘Madness Media: Donald Trump, Press and War on the Truth.’ I asked many high-level people for a presidential interview. Nothing happened. Two weeks before the press rolled, I received a call expressing my surprise that I was moving forward without allowing more time to arrange an interview.
My book, in addition to media frenzy, depicts senior officials and advisers who often try to restrain the president from what they see as wrong decisions, limit his personal attacks, or clean up the mess after sending sensational messages of recklessness. Such internal conflicts have also been reported in innumerable articles. Is it really surprising that this – what Woodward describes as a ‘nervous breakdown’ in the executive branch – is a major theme in his book?
What is also noteworthy is that Woodward was not a Bashir Trump. Unlike his former partner Carl Bernstein, who attacked a ‘malicious presidency’ and said after the ‘fear’ that the Trump period was ‘a national emergency,’ Woodward said some coverage was unfair to the president. He has appeared regularly on Fox as well as other networks.
Here’s an excerpt was largely ignored. ‘I am the only thing that protects the president from the press, the press is coming out of him, they want to destroy him, and I am determined to stand in the way, lead and take stock,’ Woodward said. The book paints an ugly picture of the chaotic White House, but the role of hostile media is part of the picture.
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