THE BLITZ BEGINS: JAMES COMEY’S MOMENT OF TRUTH
After weeks of hubbub, James B. Comey the author has emerged. His book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership” is in stores Tuesday. His broadcast debut on ABC drew 9.8 million viewers on Sunday night but was still bested by the Academy of Country Music Awards on rival CBS, which attracted 11.5 million. Amused media critics pointed out that adult film actress Stormy Daniels’ recent appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes” garnered an audience of 22 million. Some observers are predictably unimpressed.
“James Comey’s publicity tour reaffirms that his true higher loyalty is to himself. The only thing worse than Comey’s history of misconduct is his willingness to say anything to sell books. He has no credibility and President Trump was right to follow through on the bipartisan calls for him to be fired,” says Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
Anthony Scaramucci — who got fired from the White House after only 11 days on the job — has advice for Mr. Comey.
“You worked for the president — he was your boss, OK. He elected to fire you. I got fired. No big deal. I’m still loyal to the president. And I think that when you are the director of the FBI, you are at a certain level. Subordinate yourself to the president, and zip your mouth,” Mr. Scaramucci advised the author during an appearance on Fox News on Monday.
Meanwhile, the publicity blitz is on. Mr. Comey’s schedule is wall-to-wall in the next 72 hours. He’ll sit down for interviews with Bret Baier on Fox News, Judy Woodruff on PBS, Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper on CNN, Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, Stephen Colbert on CBS and “The View” on ABC. His 10-city national book tour begins Wednesday.
How’s it all going? It’s complicated. The press is tracking Mr. Comey’s metamorphosis from former government official to a public figure now under a very bright spotlight, and before a fickle audience. A few headlines of note:
“James Comey’s ‘A Higher Loyalty’ is a study in contradictions” (Rolling Stone); “Could James Comey’s book threaten credibility as chief prosecution witness?” (USA Today); “Is Comey a hero or villain? That’s the wrong question” (Washington Post); “Mainstream media attacks James Comey from the left despite ex-FBI boss’ constant Trump bashing” (Fox News); “James Comey: A legend in his own mind, but not at the FBI” (Power Line); “George Stephanopoulos is Comey’s Homie” (American Spectator); “Comey may be many things, but is he really a liar?” (BBC News); “Trump: Comey, McCabe ‘committed many crimes” (The Hill).
A copy of former FBI Director James B. Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” is on display among bookstore competition.