“Lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist”

The desperation of the left in trying to find something, anything, to pin on PDT has reached a new level of intensity with the release of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Based on the tried and true process, now being perfected across the media, of all the news I can make up that fits the narrative, we have even among the least credible statements ever made, that PDT didn’t really want to win the White House at all. Since the book is policy free from what I have read so far, nothing in it is likely to affect Trump’s electability. It will be the same empty heads on the left who think Obama was just peachy versus those who would like to see the American Republic continue on into the future. This is PDT’s response in the story about the book from The Oz.

“I authorised Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday.

But Wolff countered: “I absolutely spoke to the President. Whether he realised it was an interview or not. I don’t know, but it certainly was not off the record.”

“Lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.” Sounds like everything else you find out about PDT in the media. There is such a hunger for anything that attempts to damage The President among the left that if anyone can be thought of as deranged it is his enemies. For a different view, you might try this: The Great Experiment by Victor Davis Hanson. First there were eight years of a far-left “progressive” agenda to be followed by four or even eight years of conservative governance. That is the experiment.

Whatever Donald J. Trump’s political past and vociferous present, his first year of governance is most certainly as hard conservative as Barack Obama’s eight years were hard progressive. We are watching a rare experiment in political governance play out, as we go, in back-to-back fashion, from one pole to its opposite.

Among Obama’s signature foreign policies were “lead from behind” in Libya; quietude during the Iranian anti-theocratic protests; strategic patience with North Korea; the multifaceted and often clandestine efforts to swing the Iran deal; the Russian “reset”; realignment away from Israel, Egypt, and the Gulf monarchies; and rapprochement with Cuba, Venezuela, and the South American Communist and socialist states. . . .

[Domestically] identity politics, progressive policing of ideas on campus, an end to campus free expression that only empowered hate speech, the politicization and expansion of the deep state, along with open borders and new laxities governing citizenship and voting would usher in new, kinder and gentler race, ethnicity, and gender agendas. A single EPA director, one high IRS commissioner, or a federal-appeals-court justice would now exercise far more political power than any congressional committee. The “law” — in the sense of customary non-surveillance of American citizens, disinterested attorneys general, or a nonpartisan bureaucracy — was redefined as whatever would best serve social justice and equality.

On the economic side, more regulations, larger government, more entitlements, higher taxes, zero interest rates, and doubling the national debt were designed to redistribute income and “spread the wealth.” The idea that the stock market could get much higher, that GDP could ever hit 3 percent or above, or that industry and manufacturing would return to the U.S. was caricatured as the ossified pipe dreams of discredited supply-siders.

And in contrast we now have and can look forward to more of this:

Free-market economics, deterrent foreign policies, and conservative cultural reform that are championed in the abstract in think tanks, on radio and television by conservative pundits, and in magazines and journals by conservative intellectuals are currently being put to work concretely in the real world, a rare occurrence. Or they’re being implemented as least as much as possible with a president and a Congress of the same party behind them and within a set tenure.

All sounds good to me. What I can’t work out is why it doesn’t all sound good to them.

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55 Responses to “Lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist”

  1. W Hogg

    Sure, T666 was “hard right.” Asked Congress for a solution to DACA, not a military hawk in the slightest, nothing about gays. He did say people actually undergoing gender transition were unfit for military service, putting him on the same footing as every POTUS except the Kenyan. I don’t see anything hard right at all.

  2. Sean

    Click-bait headlines are the new norm. It’s easy money to write ‘Trump shocked even…’ and have people read stories. Nearly all the content is BS.

  3. Confused Old Misfit

    One man virtually alone – fixing:
    1. Economy
    2. Trade
    3. UN
    4. N Korea
    5. Iran
    6. Biased Media
    7. Washington
    8. GOP
    9. 32 yr #TaxReform
    10. Borders
    11. Security
    12. Hollywood
    13. NFL
    14. Jerusalem
    15. Ended ISIS

    And still goes golfing
    What did you do in 2017 Malcolm Turnbull?
    h/t @manny_ottawa

  4. Michel Lasouris

    It is extraordinary that the Anti American forces in American press etc. accuse Trump and his family of treason and ineptitude. It is evident that the American ‘progressive/left” are totally prepared to destroy everything the true American people really want. They ( the Amercan voters)were it seem sick of the “power for powers sake’ attitude of the Democrats and wanted a clean start. No-one, not even President Trump it seems quite knew where it would lead, but the Trump voters were prepared to take that chance, knowing that the real power ( the American Armed Forces) would NEVER allow it all to get out of hand. Sure Pre.s Trump is a newby, but ANYTHING was better ( for the whole world) than to have another token stuck up as a puppet. First a Negro, then a Woman. What were they thinking? I have no problem with a woman being POTUS, but some one with character, charisma and intelligence Puhleese! Clinton is no Thatcher.

  5. kc

    Wolff will end up a skid mark on the underpants of history while trump will just be able to point to the scoreboard

  6. Baldrick

    Wolff himself admits, “… 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.”

    Add to that ‘off-the-record accounts’ and ‘no direct attribution or explanation’ and the book is a work of fiction.

  7. I suspect that Trump has made an issue of trying to ban the book to actually promote it. It’s clearly so full of crap that he doesn’t want it to be ignored but to be made as public as possible.

    When people start reading about things like the Gorilla TV stuff et al, more reasonable people will become convinced to move as far away from the Left as is possible. The former has the Left thinking it’s a fact.

    No one is better placed to troll the Left than Trump.

  8. Confused Old Misfit

    “I authorised Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday.

    But Wolff countered: “I absolutely spoke to the President. Whether he realised it was an interview or not. I don’t know, but it certainly was not off the record.

    Seems to me that if Wolff failed to make clear the purpose of the interview he might well be in for a deal of trouble. Consider what happened to DSouza. Obama literally had @DineshDSouza thrown in jail for doing much the same thing and Obama had his “Obama’s America” removed from theaters.

  9. Defender of the faith

    Bannon is the primary source.

  10. Art Vandelay

    The Australian actually took some time off from its usual diet of Trump Derangement Syndrome to publish this the other day:

    But let’s look at the author himself. A report on Wolff’s book about the dotcom boom, Burn Rate, on Brill’s Content, October 1998:

    … seven of the main characters and six others portrayed in — or familiar with — events in the book … say Wolff invented or changed quotes. And none of those quoted recalls Wolff taking notes or recording the discussions …

    The New Republic’s profile on Wolff, August 30, 2004:

    The scenes in his columns aren’t recreated so much as created — springing from Wolff’s imagination rather than from actual knowledge of events.

    One bit of Wolff’s Trump book has already been debunked. Fire and Fury, yesterday:

    (Roger) Ailes had a suggestion (for White House chief of staff): John Boehner, who had stepped down as Speaker of the house only a year earlier. “Who’s that?” asked Trump.

    Trump did know Boehner. Politico, August 7, 2013:

    Speaker John Boehner played golf with businessman and perennial presidential tease Donald Trump Tuesday in New Jersey.

    Be very careful with Wolff’s explosive book on the Trump White House until it has been completely fact-checked. Slate, yesterday:

    Wolff is notorious for making provocative claims without backing them up … he was once described by one of his own editors as having no skill greater than creating the “appearance” of knowing things he does not in fact know. So you might want to take Wednesday’s reports with a mogul-size grain of salt.

  11. Exit Stage Right

    Was reading an article this morning on Ashes cricket by a non-entity by the name of Geoff Lemon (Geoff who?), ABC sports writer apparently. The gist of the story was that Pat Cummins should be the next Australian captain, but the Lemon managed to weave in a line derogatory to the POTUS. Apparently the “ball was 73 overs old, worn as a dog toy. Bald and coming apart like Americas President.” The progressives at the ABC cannot help themselves. Any opportunity to shit on Trump. His performance had nothing whatsoever to do with the story line, but hey we’ll just throw that in there to pad out the anti Trump narrative. Needless to say, I didn’t read the rest of the drivel. Sorry no linky but its fresh on the ABC website.

  12. Tel

    … who spoke on condition of anonymity partly because he or she was not authorized to speak to the public but mostly because I just made the whole story up …

  13. Ainsley Hayes

    It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

  14. The idiot published the gorilla channel BS which it appears that he was deliberately set up for.

    Unfortunately, 90 IQ voters can’t tell a parody from a documentary.

  15. Vic in Prossy

    Trump upset their ABC and Tim Fischer both at
    the same time.
    He’s doing something right.
    Go Donald.

  16. Paul

    Trump retweets ‘Fire and Fury’ parody cover, slams Wolff, Bannon

    Trump retweeted a parody cover of the book that the Republican Party had tweeted earlier Friday, and used it as a springboard for his latest criticisms — calling Wolff “a total loser” and saying Bannon “cried when he got fired” and has been “dumped like a dog by almost everyone” since leaving the White House in August.

    The GOP’s parody cover retitles the book “Liar and Phony,” and surrounds a photo of Wolff with blurbs from actual reviews of his much-criticized White House exposé.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/06/trump-retweets-fire-and-fury-parody-cover-slams-wolff-bannon.html

  17. Rafe Champion

    Love that gorilla story!
    BTW The Milo book Dangerous Ideas is brilliant. The local newsagent put a copy near the front desk otherwise I would never have seen it.

  18. jupes

    Add to that ‘off-the-record accounts’ and ‘no direct attribution or explanation’ and the book is a work of fiction.

    More like a work of fantasy.

  19. StraightShooter

    Wolff, in his disclaimer in the book wrote about his “accounts”:

    many …are BALDLY UNTRUE
    …that LOOSENESS with the TRUTH, if not (looseness with) REALITY ITSELF, are an ELEMENTAL thread of the book.

    Text of disclaimer

    This book is the fantasy of a Trump hater.

  20. Malcolm

    You’re being inconsistent Mr Kates. You used to love Steve Bannon telling us in your blog book that he was the genius behind Trump. Now he has exposed Trump in such a visceral way you can’t cope. But the book is great – I’m reading it right now – and much more truthful than the Donald.

    Bannon is right on the money here. And you, Mr Kates, were the guy who said in many blogs pieces that Bannon is the man to listen to.

  21. BorisG

    Damage control Trump style:

    Trump rejects accusations in critical book, calls self a ‘stable genius

    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Trump-rejects-accusations-in-critical-book-calls-self-a-stable-genius-532954

    Not sure to laugh or cry.

  22. BorisG

    Trump now says that his victory has very little to do with Bannon, it is all due to these millions of men and women bla bla bla. But someone needed to sell Trump’s message to these millions, and arguably Bannon was at the forefront of that campaign. Love or hate him but he was key. Does Kates imply that he agrees Bannon’s contribution was minimal?

  23. BorisG

    Also interesting whether SRR is with Bannon or Trump now.

  24. Bad Samaritan

    BorisG. Great link to the Jerusalem Post.

    From billionaire to president in one mighty bound. Gotta admit I’m surprised that you’re now fawning over Donald, but good news is good news, so I’ll just congratulate you. Well done.

    Also a good pick-up on Bannon inventing the internet and social media so’s Trump could get his message out. Though I used to think that was Al Gore (in part) I have to admire your genius in bringing the facts to light. Good one!

  25. Bad Samaritan

    BTW. What’s this “arguably” preface to your stunningly cogent and remarkably insightful comments of late BorisG?

    Since we all know you aren’t just a momma’s basement nob-jockey making stuff up, there’s no argument about anything is there? Bannon is the man, so why not just state it plain and simple instead of somehow sounding like a leftist BS fuckwit. I say the last with all due respect. cheers.

  26. Defender of the faith

    For those who might overlook it, Trump’s true estimation of Bannon was made clear when he shunted real experts to allow his primary adviser to sit on the national security council.

  27. struth

    But the book is great – I’m reading it right now – and much more truthful than the Donald.

    And much more Truthful than the Donald?

    The great lie detector of TDS sufferers.

  28. struth

    This book isn’t going to achieve what it was written to achieve.

    A left wing knob jockey writes a piece of dreamed up nonsense and tries to pass it off as fact, knowing it will be marketed for him by the MSM, and if he throws enough shit some of it will stick.
    Classic left wing activity.
    This worked in the past quite well as their enemy never fought back.

    The author has just ruined whatever career he could have had, and the only people reading this and believing it are those that so dearly want to, like TDS sufferers Malcom above, who in the face of all evidence can simultaneously hold the view that Trump colluded with Russians to win the Presidency he didn’t want.

    TDS is so definitely a mental illness that can conquer all rational thought, where two plus two can equal five if you just believe it hard enough.

  29. iamok

    ABC “news” yesterday on TV for about 40 minutes (yes I was staying at a rellies house overnight, not my own). Every five minutes they went back to the “sensational and explosive” Wolff book. Just in case you didn’t get the message!

    Then they had some political correspondent dude on who cast doubts over Wolff’s credibility for just a moment, then got back on message bagging Trump, complete with a smug, insiders chuckle.

    Now I can’t get to sleep, it’s just overkill. Just another day in the ABC swamp.

    Opium for the masses from our ABC overlords. But if it looks like shit, smells like shit and sounds like shit …

  30. Texas Jack

    Be thankful you don’t sit in front of a Bloomberg newsfeed every day. It seems that almost no matter how you configure your sources the scrolling feeds from the US are heavily slanted to the NYT and WaPo. Read the scrolling headlines and you could be forgiven you’ve paid to sit through a really bad version of Fantasia. The buckets of shit never stop scrolling. The slanting of each story. Trump the idiot. Every move he makes has a downside, of course faithfully emphasised. It’s more than a little bit of institutional bias. It’s a political campaign.

    I suspect the good news is that the feeders of the feeds, and probably NY-centric Bloomberg, are all shooting themselves in the foot. The risks they’ve taken backing the Mueller investigation alone should be risk enough, but consider their fight against grain of Trump’s first year. US unemployment has fallen to 4.1%, with most analysts expecting further falls into the mid threes. Unemployment among US blacks (yes, it’s a department of labor statistics stat) has fallen to 6.8%, the lowest since 1972. The annualised 2nd and 3rd quarter 2017 GDP growth rates were both above 3.0%. Inflation remains contained. Then there the achievements on tax, reductions in the cost of energy, delegating military missions to the experts. If Trump’s an imbecile we need more imbeciles.

  31. manalive

    Apparently it’s got to the point after 230 years that for the US government to return to its core function is regarded as an experiment.

  32. Dr Faustus

    Their ABC discovers a companion concept to FakeNews – ‘true enough’:

    A professor of media studies, Jason Mittell, in a separate tweet, said Mr Wolff’s book was “true enough”

    Jason Mittell‏
    @jmittell

    I get that journalists are skeptical of Michael Wolff’s reporting & sourcing. But ask yourself: what percentage of that chapter would need to be true to reveal the most incompetent, corrupt, broken administration in history?
    20%? 10%? 5%?
    It’s true enough.

    Donal Trump is President of the United States. Last night, during a homosexual orgy, flying high on amyl nitrate, he offered oral sex to Robert Mueller if he would take it easy on Russia Gate.

    It’s true enough.

  33. Boris

    The author has just ruined whatever career he could have had,

    He will make millions on this book alone. No one heard of the guy before but now everyone will. He is extremely popular already and will be remembered on par with Carl Bernstein and bob Woodward. Yes it s tabloid. But so is most of the media anyway.

  34. Tel

    As Malcolm demonstrates above, you can make a lot of money out of people just telling them what they want to hear. Worked for Piketty, no doubt will work for many others as well.

    Sad.

  35. lotocoti

    true enough

    Fake, but true has been good enough for pseudolists since the days of ChimpyMcHaliburtonBusHitler and the plastic turkey.

  36. Gilas

    Boris
    #2603076, posted on January 7, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Boris, you forgot the G.
    True enough comment though, despite the socket-try

  37. Leo G

    Then they had some political correspondent dude on who cast doubts over Wolff’s credibility for just a moment, then got back on message bagging Trump, complete with a smug, insiders chuckle.

    Deja vu?
    In October, the American Psychiatric Association rebuked Yale psychiatry professor Bandy Lee after she published the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” on the basis that the study was incompetent and unethical and that her stated justification grossly misrepresented the APA’s Guiding Principle for Physician Members.
    That didn’t stop media outlets like CNN and MSNBC from using Lee’s work as the basis for asserting that Trump’s latest tweets were “madness” and proof that the president is mentally unfit to serve.

  38. Jef

    It’s unprecedented the kind of hatred for a sitting President spewed out by the world’s left-wing ideologues, worse still without any good reason that they have to invent fictitious stories to try and bring him down. Yes , decent and honest people are truly aware of the Fake News that is a cancer to society these days. They think they can insult our intelligence by their lies when in fact they don’t realise how we think of them as low human beings. Only idiots will believe them without a fact-check.

  39. Bruce in WA

    Not sure to laugh or cry.

    How about “Fuck off, stage left, crying”?

  40. Dr Fred Lenin

    Jeff ,[[‘’’’the treatment for cancer is to remove the growth,Trump is brilliantly pushing the cancer in politics to destroy its self ,the idiots are rushing to their doom and demise .The only ones who believe the bullshit they serve up are their fellow communists .but then communists have been Destroying themselves for years . Another treatment for cancer is of course radiation ,North Korea and Iran are heading that way,nuclear weapons in the hands of extremists are as big a danger to the extremist as they are to the innocent ,in a tit for tat exchange we all know who would come off worst . Be a good idea to flood the potential aggressors airwaves with that information ,might help with regime change . ]

  41. Rafe Champion
    #2602867, posted on January 6, 2018 at 10:19 pm
    Love that gorilla story!
    BTW The Milo book Dangerous Ideas is brilliant.

    Tried to buy it from Amazon.
    All I got was We’re sorry!
    We had a problem processing your order.

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist but just perhaps Amazon is delaying/preventing Milo’s book from getting out.

  42. Tel

    I get that journalists are skeptical of Michael Wolff’s reporting & sourcing. But ask yourself: what percentage of that chapter would need to be true to reveal the most incompetent, corrupt, broken administration in history?

    How much dogshit do you like in your yoghurt? Just a little bit, or a bit extra?

  43. mh

    The desperation of the left in trying to find something, anything, to pin on PDT

    Rupert Murdoch’s Qld Sunday Mail (free copy) covered this book extensively today. There is no point just saying ‘left’. Tell the truth and say the desperation of the MSM.

  44. Rockdoctor

    CM & SM have no Fairfax competitor in QLD but fill the niche nicely. Both have been a far left leaning publication for a while now staffed with ex Beattie spin doctors only time I pick it up is when it is free i.e. In airport lounges. We colloquially name CM up our way the Communist Mail.

  45. braddles

    Well if Trump did not authorise this guy’s access to the White House, someone did. How does a guy with a track record like that get such super high-level access?

    I just saw Gorka on Jeanine Pirro’s show, and he said he saw Wolff in Reince Preibus’ office once, and that he (Gorka) “was told” that it was ok talk with Wolff. Gorka did not like the look of him and refused. Unfortunately Pirro did not ask the obvious questions, including who was telling people that it was ok to talk to a low-life like Wolff?

    The mere fact that Wolff was there shows how chaotic the early Trump WHite House must have been.

  46. mh

    Well if Trump did not authorise this guy’s access to the White House, someone did. How does a guy with a track record like that get such super high-level access?

    Trump gives an answer at 9.50

  47. Barry 1963

    Trump is a crazy, impulsive narcissist–but these traits don’t necessarily mean that he won’t be an effective president. He boldly makes decisions and wrongfoots his opponents. He’s been written off many times, but he bounces back. How things will end are difficult to predict. I’ll wait and see.

  48. mh

    He’s been written off many times, but he bounces back.

    Barry, there is nothing to keep bouncing back from. It’s just the MSM throwing shit.

  49. overburdened

    The one thing you can take for granted is that the President of USA is not suffering an impacting mental illness. He meets none of the criteria on evidence available to satisfy a DSM criteria an Axis I. If he meets the criteria for an Axis II Dx he is still, on the evidence, not impaired in terms of his executive functioning or social role. He is after all a significant business man and the President.
    I find it disgraceful that the whining left would stoop to the level of making such accusations which, whether or not they care, is disrespectful to people who do live with a mental illness. These same clowns are the ones that used to say that your illness does not define you, as with sexuality, race and colour etc.
    These days it’s all about being a one-trick pony, banging on that one is a homo, a black person etc. Prepare for hostility if you declare yourself to be a proud white person or Christian or whatever else is unfashionable.
    Maybe Mr Trump has the newly invented ‘he must be mad because he made all of us mad’ disorder.
    Though it may have a longer tail to play out, it seems the set up of all the alleged sexual assaulters in Hollywood has not had the desired effect of drawing Mr Trump into a position of vulnerability. Back to the drawing board for the plotters and too bad about the accused and their families it seems.

  50. DM of WA

    Barry 1963
    #2603335, posted on January 7, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    He’s been written off many times, but he bounces back.

    Trump crashes right through them and then tramples all over them.

  51. overburdened

    Hahaha I just got moderated with no idea why. No bad language and in fact what I thought were measured comments based on my field of expertise. The Anti Trumpers are everywhere!!!

  52. Chris M

    Yep, exactly the same for me.

    This “libertarian” website now has SJW moderators?

  53. JohnA

    Old School Conservative #2603173, posted on January 7, 2018, at 12:40 pm

    Rafe Champion #2602867, posted on January 6, 2018, at 10:19 pm
    Love that gorilla story!
    BTW The Milo book Dangerous Ideas is brilliant.

    Tried to buy it from Amazon.
    All I got was We’re sorry!
    We had a problem processing your order.
    I’m not a conspiracy theorist but just perhaps Amazon is delaying/preventing Milo’s book from getting out.

    And others – maybe Amazon has had a rush of orders.

    I ordered an audio version from Audible (where I have a monthly credit, so effectively “free”), could have bought a Kindle version, too.

    Delivered within minutes.

    The only clutter is on my mobile phone.

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