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Steve Bannon: ‘King of #MeToo Trump Backstabbers’


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Steve Bannon: 'King of #MeToo Trump Backstabbers'

Welcome to your shaky new status, Steven Bannon: ‘King of #MeToo Trump Backstabbers’.

Rather than the New York Post headlining ‘Et Tu Bannon’, the literary world would be writing “Et Tu, Brutus” were it not for the misery that there is no literary world anymore, only mostly trash writers like Hillary Clinton and Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House author Michael Wolff.

No one more eagerly awaited Bannon’s Brutus status than dirt-digging Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who given Wolff braggadocio must have known it was coming down the pike.

In a tacky world where opportunists are now a penny, rather than a dime a dozen, Bannon has moved himself out of the shadow of the late, great Andrew Breitbart with quotes destined to make an opportunistic author rich while placing the best president since Ronald Reagan within easier impeachment range for Mueller.

The only encouraging news since Bannon has been roundly outed as a turncoat, is that breitbart.com, still one of the most admired news sites of the day, has done no bragging, no backing him up.

How many waited for a vehement Bannon denial that never came?

Fans of the man who could never replace Andrew Breitbart are registering shock and disappointment today:

This is what ‘Angel of Troops’ Melanie Morgan Tweeted: The *bleep* just hit the fan for Steve Bannon. POTUS had his lawyers send a cease and desist order. Candidate Trump has all employees sign Non-Disclosure-Agreements so this is a signal that war is coming ...the bromance is over ...no coming back from this one. IMHO.

President Donald Trump isn’t ducking but sending out legal ‘Cease and Desist’ orders, that go well beyond any of his signature Tweets.

But perhaps the best post-Trump strategist Bannon profile comes from Donald J. Trump Jr.:

 

The Democrat sun shines blindingly on Steve Bannon now that he’s landed right where the Democrats wanted him to be: as their best shot of having a president impeached for Russian collusion.

Bannon has been picked up in the Dem’s blazing sunshine, but it was the shade of ‘Fire and Fury’ author Michael Wolff in which he was caught playing on the other side.

While mainstream media Trump backstabbers like CNN’s Jake Tapper ignore the nation’s entire storied past by declaring that: ‘Nasty’ Trump-Bannon Fallout Like Nothing ‘Ever Before in U.S. History’, a ton of media ‘nothing burgers’ will soon be served up for the progressive left’s version of The Last Supper.

While the spotlight centres on Bannon and Trump, here’s the background of the Hollywood Reporter Contributing Editor trying to make it rich on a book:

“A March Madness-style bracket to find the most loathed man in media might include Rupert Murdoch biographer, movie theater scofflaw, and resident killjoy Michael Wolff as its No. 1 overall seed. The ornery press critic is, as Fox News’ Howard Kurtz once said with understatement, “rarely impressed by anyone other than himself.” And immediate reactions to the rollout of a new, likely overwritten book about the first year in Donald Trump’s White House are likely already feeding Wolff’s Vanity Fair-sized ego. (SplinterNews, Jan. 3, 2018)

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House will probably sell bigly. But I implore you all, before latching onto the sort of two-scoops-of-ice-cream anecdotes that have inspired many a tweeted screenshot, to consider the source: the same Trumpian gremlin who’s often been admonished for the very same brand of writing over the past two decades.

“Few people who knew Trump had illusions about him,” Wolff breathlessly writes. “That was his appeal: He was what he was. Twinkle in his eye, larceny in his soul.”

“It’s hard to imagine what exactly that means. But it sounds fun and breezy while appearing to take no prisoners—classic Wolff fare. The published selections portray Trump as stupid and vindictive, his aides as basically good-faith underlings struggling to manage a walking, talking national security threat. And New York included a lengthy editor’s note on how The Hollywood Reporter contributing editor landed such fly-on-the-wall accounts, which included extensive direct quotations:

“Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, Wolff says, he was able to take up “something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing”—an idea encouraged by the president himself. Because no one was in a position to either officially approve or formally deny such access, Wolff became “more a constant interloper than an invited guest.” There were no ground rules placed on his access, and he was required to make no promises about how he would report on what he witnessed.”

 

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Looks like Bannon was too busy going after Jared Kushner and Ivanka to boot Wolff off his “semi-permanent seat on a coach in the West Wing”, but he couldn’t be in two places at the same time.

David Uberti continues:

“These are the type of lax ground rules that allow writers plenty of wiggle room—the type of which Wolff has long been known to take full advantage, at times with questionably accurate results. The difference is that the people in Trump’s orbit are likely even less reliable sources than many of his past subjects.

“Wolff’s 1998 book about pursuing digital riches, Burn Rate, was met by largely positive reviews in the midst of the dot-com bubble. But longtime press critic Jack Shafer—perhaps as close to a defender as Wolff has—also wondered in his take for Slate whether Wolff’s nitty-gritty details could be trusted:

“Wolff exploits the human tendency to confuse frankness and cruelty with truth-telling. And by repeatedly reminding the reader of what a dishonest, scheming little # he is, he seeks to inflate his credibility. A real liar wouldn’t tell you that he’s a liar as Wolff does, would he? The wealth of verbatim quotations—constituting a good third of this book—also enhances Burn Rate‘s verisimilitude. But should it? Wolff writes that he jotted down bits of dialogue on his legal pads during meetings while others composed to-do lists. Not to accuse anyone of Stephen Glassism, but I’d love to see Wolff post those copious notes on his promotional Web site, www.burnrate.com.

“Michelle Cottle made similar observations in a 2004 profile for the New Republic, published when Wolff was a media writer at Vanity Fair, tut-tutting him as “neither as insightful nor as entertaining when dissecting politics.” She continued:

 

 

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“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. 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 at Michael’s….“His great gift is the appearance of intimate access,” says an editor who has worked with Wolff. “He is adroit at making the reader think that he has spent hours and days with his subject, when in fact he may have spent no time at all.”

“None of that is to say that Fire and Fury won’t be an entertaining read. Wolff has been a frequent critic of the media’s Trump coverage, lambasting the press earlier this year for portraying Trump as “an inept and craven sociopath.” He’s also spoken in favor of journalists acting only as stenographers. Those may have been sly plays to get greater access to the Trump Administration before biting its hand en route to a bestseller.

“But if these early excerpts are any indication, Wolff’s turn at stenography led to the same basic observations as everybody else—that the administration is chock full of back-stabbing, out-of-their-depth staffers washed up from a campaign that no one, even the man who’s now president, expected to win. The fact that the internet has latched onto so many of these colorful—if only “notionally accurate”—anecdotes may say less about Wolff, that much-hated media man, than it does about the rest of us.”

Opportunism is cheap and runs deep.

Legions of readers will recognize the golden shower kind of salacious writing favored by dirty dossier Fusion GPS and how it seems to have spawned a new breed of writers.

But who’s likely ever to believe anything written by Steve Bannon about whom someone famously said: “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind”?

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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com.

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