Until now, Trump has been able to pretty much limit his campaign against fake news to TV networks, magazines and newspapers, but now, thanks to Michael Wolff, he has had to extend the war zone to books.
Although I haven’t read Mr. Wolff’s latest, I have certainly had its contents debated non-stop for the past two weeks. Although I admit to bias, I would have to say I agree with those whose mantra might be “The line ‘tween fact and lies in ‘Fire and Fury’ is, at the very least, extremely blurry.”
It doesn’t help that many of those in the media who are now defending Mr. Wolff as an honest reporter used to label him corrupt, notorious for spicing up his reportage by making up controversial quotes and sticking the words in the mouths of people who not only never said them, but contradicted their actual opinions.
According to Michael Wolff, the consensus among Trump’s closest advisors is that the President is a child who hungers for instant gratification.
As odd as it seems, Wolff has somehow managed to confuse me with the President. What makes it so weird is that Trump and I don’t look anything alike. He’s tall, I’m short. He favors suits and ties, while my wardrobe is pretty much limited to tennis shorts, sneakers and Hawaiian shirts. He has fly-away hair, whereas mine flew away a long time ago.
As for instant gratification, that might explain why I write 5 or 6 articles-a-week; it certainly wouldn’t apply to someone who has spent his life dealing with construction projects that could take years from conception to completion.
Even running for the presidency isn’t something you can do overnight. It required Trump to devote 16 months of 18-hour days to the enterprise, hardly the sort of thing that would be undertaken by someone who requires instant gratification.
One of the questions being asked by a great many people is why Steve Bannon would have jeopardized his own political fortunes by feeding Michael Wolff an endless array of quotes that built himself up at Trump’s expense.
The one theory that seems the most obvious is one I haven’t heard from anyone else. The man has a nose as red as the huge raspberry that used to adorn the face of Hollywood’s legendary sot, W.C. Fields. Unless Mr. Bannon suffers from a constant cold and is in desperate need of medical attention, I’m guessing that over the years large infusions of alcoholic beverages have loosened his tongue and unhinged his brain.
* There are others in the media whose dishonesty is a little harder to detect. I would refer to Mike Wallace, whose camouflage as an honest reporter is that he has a Sunday morning talk show on Fox.
It can take a while to realize that he is no more an objective reporter than his father, Mike, an uberliberal from New York, was, when he was a regular on “60 Minutes.” Known for his ambush interviews, it didn’t take viewers very long to realize that he ambushed Republicans far more often and with greater relish than he ever did Democrats.
Understand, I don’t object to Chris Wallace asking Republicans tough questions. However, when he recently had former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a guest on his show, and not only pretended that he had no idea why our European allies would differ with Trump when it comes to voicing support for the anti-Ayatollah Khamenei demonstrators in Iran, but exhibited obvious approval of Europe’s position, he once again gave the game away.
The reason that Europe, France in particular, doesn’t share Trump’s position has nothing to do with their moral superiority, everything to do with the deals their companies cut with Iran once liar-nObama lifted the sanctions in order to pave the way for his misbegotten nuclear deal with the mullahs.
Chris Wallace further displays his anti-Trump bias by placing his thumb on the scales and, more often than not, balances the two liberals on his four-person panel with Never-Trump Republicans like Karl Rove and Guy Benson.
* In the past, I recall that to qualify as an FBI agent, one had to have either a degree in law or accounting. These days, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, political science, engineering or computer science, are also sufficient.
Judging by the level of partisanship and corruption that currently appears to be rampant at the Bureau, I’d say they need many more accountants, engineers and computer scientists, and far fewer lawyers and poly sci majors.
* Andy Schafly, one of the late Phyllis Schafly’s four sons, and heir to her political philosophy, has been waging war on those pushing for a Constitutional Convention for several years.
For those unfamiliar with the ConCon controversy, it has united people as disparate as George Soros and the Koch brothers on the wrong side of the debate. The three billionaires may have different motives for funding the misguided movement, but their reasons – in Soros’s case, open borders resulting in more potential left-wing voters; in the case of the Koch boys, a steady flow of cheap labor and the legalization of marijuana -- are equally rotten for America.
With so much money at their disposal, it probably shouldn’t be too surprising they’ve been able to bring aboard the likes of Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, who took early retirement from the U.S. Senate in order dive headfirst into the pockets of billionaires.
When David Koch served as Ed Clark’s V.P. running mate in the 1980 presidential race, their Libertarian platform emphasized the legalization of pot and homosexual rights. I suppose it speaks well for Koch’s perseverance, if not for the maturing of his priorities in 38 years, that nothing much has changed.
It also speaks well of the American people that in that election, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush garnered 43,901,812 votes to Clark and Koch’s 921,128.
* It strikes me that the toppling of statues of Confederate notables was as cowardly and contemptible as the way that Stalin used to edit Soviet history by airbrushing his rivals out of old May Day photographs. One didn’t have to be a defender of slavery to be offended by the vandalizing of American history.
Still, how is it that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents the 16th congressional district of Texas, has been left intact in spite of the fact she bears the names of the Confederacy’s two most famous generals, Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson?
If there’s any justice in the world, Mrs. Lee will soon be removed from the hallowed halls of Congress, melted down and possibly reappear as part of a bridge or highway as a result of the upcoming infrastructure bill.
Better yet, considering the prominent role she has played in fomenting racial division in America, a more appropriate fate might be the one suggested by the Yiddish curse calling for a villain’s reincarnation as a chandelier, to hang by day and burn by night.