Tons on journalists on Twitter ripping Wolff's work apart with things like, "A 500 word quote from a conversation between Bannon and Ailes? Get real." "Wow, everyone is quick to believe a known bullshitter when it's politically convenient."
They lack vision. That's okay, they're journalists evaluating the work as a piece of journalism.
It's so much more than that.
That year, he also wrote a biography of Rupert Murdoch, The Man Who Owns the News, based on more than 50 hours of conversation with Murdoch, and extensive access to his business associates and his family.
In the 1990s, Bannon ventured into the entertainment and media industry. He became an executive producer in the Hollywood film and media industry. Bannon produced 18 films, from the 1991 Sean Penn drama The Indian Runner to Julie Taymor's 1999 film Titus. Bannon became a partner with entertainment industry executive Jeff Kwatinetz at film and television management company The Firm, Inc. 2002–2003.
In 2004, Bannon made a documentary about Ronald Reagan titled In the Face of Evil. Through the making and screening of this film, Bannon was introduced to Reagan's War author Peter Schweizer and publisher Andrew Breitbart, who would later describe him as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party movement.
This isn't a news story, this is a narrative.
In a 2004 cover story for The New Republic, Michelle Cottle wrote that Wolff was "uninterested in the working press," preferring to focus on "the power players—the moguls" and was "fixated on culture, style, buzz, and money, money, money." She also noted that "the scenes in his columns aren’t recreated so much as created—springing from Wolff’s imagination rather than from actual knowledge of events." Calling his writing "a whirlwind of flourishes and tangents and asides that often stray so far from the central point that you begin to wonder whether there is a central point."
Bannon added: “You never see it, you never know it, because you don’t need to … But that’s the brain trust that they had.”
Bannon also speculated that Trump Jr had involved his father in the meeting. “The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”
The Columbia Journalism Review criticized Wolff in 2010 when he suggested that The New York Times was aggressively covering the breaking News International phone hacking scandal as a way of attacking News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch.
This is Steve Bannon and Rupert Murdoch controlling the narrative. We've been looking for a sign where the establishment Republicans say "okay, enough's enough, out of the pool" and my estimation is this is Rupert Murdoch's play.
Most of the crazy shit is pretty much Steve Bannon's point of view - he saw this, Jared said that. The inside access of the article is pretty clearly Steve Bannon's. Steve Bannon, for his part, has no incentive to tell the truth and Wolff has no incentive to ask "Steve, are you lying right now?"
It doesn't have to be true. It has to be true enough. More importantly, it has to be evocative.
Murdoch suggested that taking a liberal approach to H-1B visas, which open America’s doors to select immigrants, might be hard to square with his promises to build a wall and close the borders. But Trump seemed unconcerned, assuring Murdoch, “We’ll figure it out.”
“What a fucking idiot,” said Murdoch, shrugging, as he got off the phone.
This is signaling at its finest: the Trump administration is no longer useful to anyone but the Trump administration. Fox and Friends will continue to semaphore to its most important viewer but Shepard Smith still has a job. Brietbart is biting the hand that feeds.
This could very well be the Brutus moment. Rather than anklebiting and nipping at the heels, this might signal the beginning of the feeding frenzy.