Don't Trust Ron Suskind on Politics

New book on Obama full of dubious claims: Jacob Weisberg
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2011 12:08 PM CDT
Don't Trust Ron Suskind on Politics
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: A book 'Confidence Men' written by Ron Suskind is on display for sale at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on September 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Two new politacal books 'Confidence Men' and 'The Rogue written by Joe McGoinnis creat a stir   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – You can’t always believe what you read—especially if it’s written by Ron Suskind. The wide-ranging claims made in Confidence Men, his account of the Obama administration, are as dubious as ever, writes Jacob Weisberg in Slate. “Issues of accuracy, fairness, and integrity come up nearly every time Suskind publishes something.” Some specifics errors in this book: The Federal Reserve isn't a bureau but a board; Horatio Alger wasn't a character but an author; and the "centuries-old" gothic spires of Yale Law School were built in 1931.

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But those are just the little things. The big picture Suskind paints seems way off base, too. A key example is the book’s assertion that Tim Geithner went against Obama in preventing a Citigroup breakup. "The problem with this tale is that it, too, is plainly wrong," Weisberg writes. Former Obama adviser Austan Goolsbee calls the idea "absurd," and a transcript of Suskind's interview with Obama doesn't contain what Suskind say it does. Of course, being “controversial” sells books. “But at this point, Suskind should no longer be treated as a ‘controversial’ journalist as much as a disreputable one.” Click through for the full article. (Read more Ron Suskind stories.)

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