'Gorilla channel' warfare: Parody book excerpt fools Trump trashers
Trump opponents were fooled by a fake anecdote about Trump watching a 'gorilla channel.'
One of the most entertaining "excerpts" circulated from Michael Wolff's explosive tell-all was a passage describing President Trump supposedly watching a âgorilla channelâ for hours on end.
The excerpt, of course, was a parody and wasn't actually from the âFire and Furyâ book.
But it managed to fool plenty of Trump critics anyway, with an MSNBC contributor and others initially appearing to treat the passage as legit.
The âFire and Furyâ fake-out clearly exploited an environment where journalists were hastily tweeting excerpts as they devoured the salacious book filled with alleged anecdotes of aides trashing the president and Trump himself munching through cheeseburgers in his bedroom while glued to multiple TVs.
Amid the firestorm, Twitter user @pixelatedboat sent out the spoof excerpt Thursday.
The wild tale involves White House staff appeasing Trumpâs demands for a âgorilla channelâ by compiling footage of the combative apes, only for them to have to edit it further as Trump complained that they weren't fighting enough.
The story finished with a Wolff-style quote from an âinsider."
ââOn some days heâll watch the gorilla channel for 17 hours straight,â an insider told me. âHe kneels in front of the TV, with his face about four inches from the screen, and says encouraging things to the gorillas, like âthe way you hit that other gorilla was good.â I think he thinks the gorillas can hear him.ââ
Yet the tall tale was picked up by some credulous Trump trashers.