3) Wolff appears to have forgotten that Haberman has covered Trump for years.
4) Wolff is trying to attribute a stark rationality to Trump’s decisions about media interviews. They defy such. Sure, he does the softie stuff, like the interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business that aired Wednesday. He has also compiled a record of taking on tougher journalists. Example: Time magazine ran a story under the headline, “Can President Trump Handle the Truth?” Given Trump’s documented mendacity, an observer might suppose he’d stiff-arm interview requests for such a piece. But no. “There was a reason he got on the phone with me,” Time’s Michael Sherer said in an interview with the Erik Wemple Blog. The president felt that the media “was not fully appreciating, giving him credit for all the things he’d gotten right.” For a list of such things, consult the Trump-Scherer interview.
5) Wolff appears to consider Trump a reliable source. Maybe he hasn’t gotten the message that reporting any tidbit from this White House requires at least nine sources.
6) A top Trump aide went way out of her way to defend a reporter from the New York Times. Maybe it’s just the rest of the staff that fails all the time.