Scoot: Who’s buying the book about Trump?

January 09, 2018 - 11:15 am

The controversial new book, “Fire and Fury:  Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, is destined to become a bestseller.  Why are so many people buying a book filled with negative information about President Trump?  Who’s buying this book?

The book’s content started a good, old-fashioned “c**k fight” between President Trump and his friend, now former friend, and advisor Steve Bannon.  According to the author of the book, Michael Wolff, Bannon and others condemned Donald Trump as president in ways more in line with what archenemies would say.

Wolff was given unprecedented access to the White House, the President and his staff.  Much of the book is based on conversations Wolff said he had with President Trump and those closest to him.  Since the release of the book, President Trump has criticized the credibility of Michael Wolff.  If the President is so critical of Wolff, why did he grant Wolff open access to the White House?

Much of the early publicity about “Fire and Fury” comes from conversations Wolff had with Steve Bannon.  Among the things Bannon said was that the meeting Donald Trump, Jr. had with Russian officials on the 25th floor of Trump Tower was “treasonous.”  According to the book, Bannon also questioned President Trump’s ability to act as President of the United States. 

President Trump fired back at Bannon saying that when his friend and former adviser lost his job he also “lost his mind.” Since Trump has bashed Bannon, Bannon now says he regrets making the comments about President Trump and the meeting Donald, Jr. held at the Trump Tower.  Bannon walked back on his comment about the meeting issuing a statement to Axios’ Mike Allen:  “Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man.”

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “It’s tragic and unfortunate that Steve Bannon would make these grotesque comments.”  Miller also said, “the author is a garbage author of a garbage book.” 

Miller continued, “I see sections of the book where events I participated in are described, and I have firsthand knowledge that, as they’re described, they’re completely and totally fraudulent.”

There has been some content in the book that has been determined not be true; but in expressing regret for what he said, Steve Bannon seems to admit that he did say many of the things attributed to him while he was a close adviser to the President.

It is not unusual for a book written about a President and the White House, to have some inaccuracies or exaggerations, but that reality does not necessarily contaminate the overall integrity of the book.

For the many Trump loyalists who condemn “Fire and Fury,” and can’t imagine anyone buying the book, there are obviously a lot of people who are, in fact, buying the book and making it a bestseller.

There is a human tendency to think that most people believe what we believe and that is understandable since the average person tends to surround him or herself with like-minded family, friends and neighbors.  It was Aristotle who said, “Birds of a feather, flock together.”  That explains the theory of “confirmation bias” – seeking media outlets and information that support preconceptions, rather than seeking the truth.

As quick as some are to condemn “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” – there are as many, or more, who are interested in reading it.  And many who choose to read the book are reading it to support their own bias about President Trump.

Whether we want to believe it or not, this country is diverse and not everyone believes exactly what you believe.  It is ego that prevents the acceptance of that reality.

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