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Many details of Fire and Fury have been leaked to the press over the past few days, including Steve Bannon’s criticism of the First Family and stories of harsh confrontation in the White House.
But there was one important detail that went overlooked…until now.
It was revealed on Friday that an “author’s note” in the book states that much of its contents are pure fiction.
Several sources, writes Wolff, were “obviously lying” to him.
More from Business Insider:
Here is the relevant part of the note, from the 10th page of the book’s prologue:
“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.
“Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.”
The book itself, reviewed by Business Insider from a copy acquired prior to its Friday publication, is not always clear about what level of confidence the author has in any particular assertion.
Lengthy, private conversations are reported verbatim, as are difficult-to-ascertain details like what somebody was thinking or how the person felt.
Wolff attributes his book to “more than two hundred interviews” with people including Trump and “most members of his senior staff.” According to the news website Axios, Wolff has dozens of hours of tapes to back up what he said.
Claims contained in the book have been widely reported by the media in the US and further afield.
To understand just how biased the mainstream media is today, stop and imagine “Clinton Cash” or “Slick Willie” – similar books written about Hillary and Bill Clinton – being given such breathless coverage when they arrived on shelves, as if they contained nothing but hard facts.
And those books didn’t even have a “fiction” disclaimer!