Was Bannon responsible for most of the things Wolff's book gets wrong about the Trump administration?

Erick Erickson:
There is so much wrong in Michael Wolff's book. It is false that White House aide Stephen Miller knew nothing about immigration and was not sharp on public policy. Miller is actually deeply into public policy and the weeds on policy. One need not know him well to figure that out. But Wolff's book suggests he knew little and had to google how to draft an executive order at Steve Bannon's behest.

It is also totally not true that Donald Trump did not know who John Boehner was. They had played golf together repeatedly and had meetings together repeatedly before the election. Wolff writes that Donald Trump told Roger Ailes that Trump did not know who John Boehner was.

There are lots of anecdotes like these in the book. They are small stories that are absolutely and provably false. Others are absolutely true and have other witnesses to them. Wolff himself has a history of embellishment and writing with gusto in a sensationalized style. Who knows what is actually true in the book. He even says he let multiple people describe events to him and they given completely contradictory accounts. But that's the point.

Most of what Wolff writes in this book comes from recorded conversations with people, particularly Steve Bannon. Miller may be a policy wonk, but Bannon wanted him thought of as an idiot. The President could be freaking Leonardo Da Vinci, but Bannon wanted him thought of as an idiot. Ivanka Trump? Idiot. Jared Kushner? Idiot. Donald Trump, Jr.? Idiot. Sean Spicer? Idiot.

And those who were not portrayed as idiots were portrayed in other unflattering ways. Roger Ailes? Old guard, outmoded, and time to move on. Rupert Murdoch? Old guard, outmoded, and time to move on. Reince Priebus? Overwhelmed. On and on it goes.
When you get so much wrong it becomes hard to decipher which parts may actually be true.  The Trump White House can appear chaotic at times, but it has also made remarkable progress in areas that some on the right and the left thought impossible. 

The book plays to the mindset of the left that assumes that Republican Presidents are senile (Reagan) unintelligent (George W. Bush) or crazy (Trump).  You should be able to detect the pattern of liberal and media criticism of conservatives.  It comes from thinking that anyone who disagrees with them on the issue is not just mistaken but is mentally challenged.  The actual result of conservative policies shows the opposite to be true.


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