Everyone certainly said so: On Thursday night, did the New York Times deliver its latest "bombshell"—its latest "bombshell report?"
We refer to the news report which topped the paper's front page the next morning.
To read that news report, click here. In hard copy, the report appeared beneath these front-page headlines:
TRUMP ORDERED MUELLER'S FIRING BUT WAS REFUSEDThat news report, by Schmidt and Haberman, appeared online Thursday night. By now, it has been described as a "bombshell" at least three million times.
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More cautious pundits have called it "explosive." That said, we have two questions:
Was that front-page report in the New York Times a genuine bombshell report? Was it even a sound news report?
Starting Monday, we plan to examine those questions. For now, we'll recommend the opening segment of last evening's Last Word.
Lawrence's guest was Michael Wolff. He's the somewhat slippery, unreliable author of Fire and Fury, the current bombshell best-seller.
For the first twelve minutes of Lawrence's program, Wolff offered his take on the Times' bombshell report. In our view, Wolff's statements are well worth considering. You can watch the Last Word interview here.
Was Schmidt's report a bombshell report? Was it even a competent, sound news report?
We think each question is well worth exploring. Monday morning, we'll start.
Some bombshells may be unreliable: For the last four minutes of Lawrence's interview, he questioned Wolff about the claim that Donald J. Trump has been getting it on with his U.N. ambassador.
Wolff triggered that exciting rumor one week ago, in a pair of public forums. We will assume that his slippery remarks also triggered additional sales of his best-selling book.