(Wood)wards of Truth? 🤔

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First Nixon, now Trump?

This week saw the release of excerpts from the upcoming book by Bob Woodward titled Fear - Trump in the White House. Woodward is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who's most famous for reporting on the Watergate Scandal, which led to President Nixon's resignation. “Fear” documents Trump’s first 18 months in the White House.

What’s different about this Trump book?

Unlike Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff, Woodward possesses significant experience covering presidential scandals. Woodward’s reputation generally holds more weight than others who have written about the Trump White House. Further, Woodward claims to have hours of interview tapes for support. 


CNN: Woodward’s revelations raise disturbing questions about Trump  

Washington Examiner: ‘Let’s f--ing kill Assad’ Trump told Jim Mattis in 2017: Woodward Book

Those who believe Woodward’s book will hurt the White House focus on a few things. First, they mention the extensive number of claims made by Woodard (the book spans 448 pages in length). Second, they highlight the severity of his claims; Trump allegedly labeled Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and called for the assassination of Syria’s Assad. Finally, they focus on Woodward’s legitimacy as a journalist.


PJ Media: Bob Woodward’s Latest Novel

Fox News Insider: Trump: Woodward’s Book ‘Total Fiction’, Mattis and Kelly ‘Insulted’ by Claims

Those who believe the book will not hurt the White House stress remarks of denial from Sec. of Defense Jim Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly. They also say there is no proof of the damning remarks. The PJ Media piece cites Woodward’s Watergate experience to delegitimize the claims in his new book, stating that Woodward’s Watergate contributions inflated his ego and obscured his judgment.

Will this be another Watergate moment?

While Bob Woodward’s resume is strong, experience alone should not crystalize his words as absolute truth. Although Woodward’s book may or may not hold more damning revelations than similar works that preceded it, little to no consequential action followed previous works by other authors. We can't assume any serious consequences will follow Woodward’s book release unless if the tapes he says he possesses have some real juicy dirt. 

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