Well, someone had to do it and I took on the onerous task of testing confirmation bias to within an inch of its life and thankfully it is alive and well. Everything I believe about Trump has been vindicated by reading a book written by someone who has the same opinion as me.
Yes, of course Donald Trump is neutral and of course it’s my interpretation – and Michael Wolff’s – that has me holding him in such scorn but, hey, if someone else agrees with you then you must be right – right? Wrong, but the book does make fascinating reading.
Michael Wolff, to quote from Wikipedia was born 27th August, 1953 and is an American author, essayist, journalist, and a columnist and contributor to USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, and the UK edition of GQ. He has received two National Magazine Awards, a Mirror Award and has authored seven books, including Burn Rate (1998) about his own dot-com company and The Man Who Owns the News (2008) – a biography of Rupert Murdoch. He co-founded the news aggregation website Newser and is a former editor of Adweek – but is not necessarily the best user of the English language or punctuation. His writing style is very mannered and if you read the book – and I sincerely hope you will – you will find yourself entering a sentence with no knowledge as to whether you will get out the other end unscathed. Try this one for size:
“Tom Barrack, the would-be showman – in addition to Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, he had bought Miramax Pictures from Disney with the actor Rob Lowe – may have declined the chief of staff’s job, but, as part of his shadow involvement with his friend’s White House, he stepped up to raise the money for the inaugural and to create an event that – seemingly quite at odds with the new president’s character, and with Steve Bannon’s wish for a no-frills populist inauguration – he promised would have a “soft sensuality” and “poetic cadence.”” Wow.
Don’t let that put you off buying the book, it’s an absolute riot. It’s a romp through the shenanigans Wolff says go on at the White House and, as the saying goes, you couldn’t make it up. There’s been some dispute about how much of the book is factual – Tony Blair has called Wolff a liar and Wolff went right back at him, as they say these days – but if the book is only 25% accurate, it’s still terrifying.
Steve Bannon, of Breibart fame, is one of the leading players in this farce along with, of course, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer, James Come, the Mooch and many more. Many of the names were not familiar to me but that could be avoided as I felt sufficiently besmirched by the ones I recognised.
I cannot tell you how much fun you will have reading this – unless you are a Trump acolyte – and all your biases and prejudices will be proved right.