RNC Sends Out Email With Alternative Cover to Wolff’s Trump Book: ‘LIAR AND PHONY’


It has become clear, listening to various Republican pundits on cable news over the past few days, what the GOP talking points are going to be as they try to sling mud at Fire and FuryMichael Wolff‘s explosive new book on President Donald Trump‘s White House. Now, the Republican National Committee has spelled out those talking points by releasing a spoof of Fire and Fury‘s cover which attacks the author’s credibility.

The mock cover (seen above via Business Insider‘s Joe Perticone) was reportedly distributed by the RNC via email blast. It quotes various right-leaning pundits and more objective journalists who are casting doubt on Wolff’s reporting.

Perhaps the most notable quote comes from The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman — who has established herself as this White House’s premier beat reporter.

“He gets basic details wrong,” Haberman is quoted as saying on the faux cover.

She also tweeted, “several things that are true and several that are not. Light in fact-checking and copy-editing.”

Earlier Friday, Mediaite’s Lawrence Bonk posted a comprehensive round-up of some of the criticism of Wolff’s journalism. Included in that post was a quote from Michelle Cottle — who profiled Wolff for a 2004 New Republic piece.

“Much to the annoyance of Wolff’s critics, the scenes in his columns aren’t recreated so much as created—springing from Wolff’s imagination rather than from actual knowledge of events,” Cottle wrote. “Even Wolff acknowledges that conventional reporting isn’t his bag. Rather, he absorbs the atmosphere and gossip swirling around him at cocktail parties, on the street, and especially during those long lunches.”

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