What do you do if you want to keep a story in the news, but reality isn't cooperating? That was Associated Press writer Hillel Italie's dilemma when he sat down to write about the horrors of Trump's ties with Russia... but no new details have emerged on which to realistically report. As "fake news" insults continue to be lodged against the mainstream media, his next actions are not going to help his cause: he consulted with fiction writers to get their hot take on the President and global politics. Italie wrote:
Jason Matthews is a retired CIA officer who now writes spy novels, focused on Russia. He was working on a book last year that ordinarily would seem a little far-fetched, but which proved too close to current events.
"The plot line was an American presidential candidate who has a secret that's so bad it would ensure his or her impeachment, and the only person who would know the secret is Vladimir Putin," says Matthews, a prize-winning author best known for his "Red Sparrow" thrillers.
Wow. This is groundbreaking stuff. He goes on to "report" that spy novelists have been "challenged, amused, angered and inspired" by the 2016 Presidential campaign and reports of Trump's ties to Russia. Also, the writers are learning from Trump's mistakes. "The Cold War ended decades ago, but writers now see a new wave of possible plot twists and plots to avoid, whether the reported Russian contacts of such former Trump campaign officials as Paul Manafort and Carter Page, the Trump dossier compiled by British intelligence or the firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over phone conversations with the Russian ambassador."
Additionally, Italie talked to Charles Cumming and Michael R. Davidson who are working on Trump-inspired thrillers. Author David Downing said, "This is what you get for electing a self-defining businessman/deal-maker as president - someone who can't be relied on to put the national interest first, while, of course, loudly insisting that that's exactly what he's doing."
Glenn Reynolds snarkily added, "Next: AP consults romance novelists in support of theory that Melania may leave Trump for hunky, bare-chested pirate."
They said that if Donald Trump were elected, it would really kill the arts. Now that so many novelists have received a fresh wind of inspiration from the new President, will liberals start supporting the guy?
Photo Credit: Cumming's Website