Sebastian Gorka on Michael Wolf, “Thanks, but no thanks”
Sebastian Gorka says he was instructed to talk to Michael Wolff for the book he was writing about President Donald Trump but that he politely and firmly declined, the former White House strategist writes.
Mr. Gorka does not identify the person who told him to talk to the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” only that he encountered Mr. Wolff in the office of the then Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
“When I met Michael Wolff in Reince Priebus’ office, where he was waiting to talk to Steve Bannon, and after I had been told to also speak to him for his book, my attitude was polite but firm: ‘Thanks but no thanks,'” Mr. Gorka wrote. “Our brief encounter reinforced my gut feeling that this oleaginous scribe had no interest in being fair and unbiased.”
Mr. Gorka goes on to tear Mr. Wolff’s work apart, layer by layer, especially the assertion that Mr. Wolff’s sloppy reporting can somehow be excused for a larger truth.
“For Wolff and all the Trump haters who buy his book and endorse what is, in practice, a smear campaign, the philosophy is crystal clear: Facts don’t matter. It’s the narrative that is king,” Gorka wrote.
“Trump must be incompetent or mentally unwell because, well, we want him to be. ‘Notional truth’ is another phrase for my ideological ‘reality,’ a phrase that George Orwell would have recognized instantly,” Mr. Gorka wrote.
He finished with a message to the staffers still working at the White House.
“I would like to remind my colleagues still inside the White House: You don’t have to be friends with each and every journalist who seeks you out. But if you do engage, remember that smartphones make excellent recording devices,” Mr. Gorka concludes.
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