I am an author who writes both fiction and non-fiction. In both styles, I am concerned about accuracy. The one trait that I think makes a good author, regardless of his style, is being accurate. If one is going to tell a story, having the facts correct adds credibility to the tale. The current events commentaries I write appear in 14 different news blogs.
Sometimes when I write an article, I can be ahead of the curve. When I am out front on my story, the editors look very carefully at the facts, and may even question me to prove my sources before they will print it. That challenge happened a year ago when I wrote a significant piece on Antifa and the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia. My commentary was ahead of the curve in exposing this group for what they are, and while my publisher was a little nervous at the onset, the reaction was very positive.
I tell you this because I am concerned about what is going on with former President Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman and her new book, "Unhinged." This is a tell-all book, but the problem is that some of what she is telling is not true. Let me cite an example of a first-person account of an attributed statement, which the person quoted denies ever making. Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz), the nationally known pollster, tweeted on Friday, “…that I heard President Trump use the N word. Not only is this flat-out false (I have never heard such a thing), but Omarosa did not even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.”
In this example, she did not actually hear the President make the statement that she attributed to Mr. Luntz. In fact, a third party supposedly reported the statement to her. In this case, she said that she heard it from George Conway. He is the husband of Kelly Anne Conway, a special assistant to the President, who responded, “It was ridiculous and absurd.”
Is Ms. Newman another member of the elite in this country who believes she is above the law? The elites do not have to be concerned with telling the truth if the truth does not fit their agenda. Much of what Omarosa says in the book is based on secret recordings she made in the White House. I have real concerns about anyone recording private or official discussions within the White House, especially when the other party does not know he or she is being recorded. I seem to remember we had a president resign because of his secret tapes.
The reporter in me wants to know how long she has been recording conversations. When did she start secret recordings at the White House? I believe there is not only a serious ethical problem here but perhaps also a breach of national security by her activity. She is now on a book tour hawking her book, which, even with all the hype, still has not moved to #1.
I thought the recent review by Entertainment Weekly reporter David Canfield was telling. His headline about the book is, “New Peak in Disgrace." The most damaging reviews came from two sources: Amazon, which with all the hype has only one review. And the second by omission from The New York Times Best Seller List of Non-Fiction to be released on Sunday, August 19, 2018. That release will not even show her book on the ranked list. Perhaps it will show up later, but it is telling that it has not done so early on with all the promotion.
What makes me uneasy about this book is not the book itself, but the idea that a person who has taken a job to serve the American people puts her need for exposure above the American people. Omarosa said in an interview that if the Special Counsel calls, she would be more than happy to turn over her recordings. With all the falsehoods in this book, we will find out whether the Special Counsel wants to be associated with it, or if his investigators find a significant lack of creditability and take a pass.