Bob Woodward is well known for his know-all and tell-all books. Starting with his first book, All the President’s Men from the Nixon era all the way to Fear for the Trump era, his books have had some unanswered questions about what did he know and how did he know it. This article points out several difficulties with his writings. If they were questionable then, they should be questionable now. Please read on.
As Written and Reported By Byron York for the Washington Examiner:
Bob Woodward’s new book Fear: Trump in the White House, is filled with extended accounts of behind-the-scenes conversations between major players in the Trump campaign and administration. There’s no need to give examples; almost every page has dialogue that is presented, in quotation marks, with the implicit assurance that the author knows precisely what was said.
Woodward’s note raises an obvious question. If Participant A, for example — whether it was Kellyanne Conway, or Steve Bannon, or Gary Cohn, or someone else — told Woodward what he or she said in a particular conversation that occurred months earlier, how could Woodward be confident that they recalled just what was said? So even if Woodward accurately recounted what Participant A said she said, how could he, or anyone else, be certain that that is what was actually said? Shouldn’t Woodward have written that this is what Participant A recalled about a conversation, rather than this is the…..
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