THE BLITZ BE­GINS: JAMES COMEY’S MO­MENT OF TRUTH

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

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).

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A copy of for­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James B. Comey’s “A Higher Loy­alty: Truth, Lies and Lead­er­ship,” is on dis­play among book­store com­pe­ti­tion.

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