As his star climbed, she served as one of his most diligent chroniclers: in 2016, her byline appeared on five hundred and ninety-nine articles; more recently, she has averaged about an article a day. She's called me as she was drivingswearing and running latebetween an errand at the American Girl doll store and a dinner party. None of this is to say that the Habermans and Trumps were showing up at the same dinner parties, but Manhattan can be a provincial place, among a certain inside crowd. Thats what people have really struggled to understand., Articles about Haberman like to say that the mother of three, who will turn fifty this October, desperately needs a break. Learn more about Friends of the NewsHour. She has worked for the trifecta of local dailies The Post, The Daily News and, most. For the next decade, she worked for both the Post and the other tab in town, the New York Daily News, covering Hillary Clinton's senate campaign, Michael Bloomberg's mayoralty, and Clinton's first presidential campaign. Trump wants what she can give him access toa kind of status he's always craved in a newspaper that, she says, "holds an enormously large place in his imagination." And that's going to mean certain situations are fraught. Is this something he believes to be true, or what? Haberman and Thrush again, with their colleague Matthew Rosenberg. . [5] In 1999, the Post assigned her to cover City Hall, where she became "hooked" on political reporting. She was wearing an evil-eye bracelet. She was a correspondent for Politico with roots in city tabloids, and while I didn't know much about politics or the media, I knew that when she reported. "That's all I care about." Her measured stance infuriates Trump's detractors, who harangue her on Twitter for "normalizing" the president. And thank you for having me to talk about the book. "And so he will take this chair and say to you, 'This is actually a table.' You are considered the reporter who goes back longer with Donald Trump than anyone else and who understands him better than any other reporter. 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In hindsight, Haberman was building a reservoir of knowledge and contacts that would make her probably the best-sourced reporter of the 2016 campaign. she says she told him. Confidence Man by Maggie Haberman: 9780593297346 | Books. It was simply desperation for a job other than bartending that led her to newspapers. ", Trump has also sent her his famous press clippings with Sharpie notes on them, mostly with criticisms, but at least once with praise. However, contrary to the hopes of her campaign, subsequent stories by Haberman about Clinton were much more critical of her than they had hoped for. "This place is so loud I want to put a bullet in my brain," she had said, matter-of-factly, when we first sat down for a late dinner, observing that so much hard-partying energy on a weeknight seemed more NYC than DC. Habermans assessment was grimmer. She says she does most of her work from her car, shuttling her kids around, dashing between the office in Times Square and her apartment. [10], Her reporting style as a member of the White House staff of the Times features in the Liz Garbus documentary series The Fourth Estate. There's that Felix Sater character, who was arrested and, I think, did time, for shoving a broken Martini glass in someone's face . "This is a symbiotic relationship," says an administration official. And it's very hard to know now whether he really believes this or whether it is just something he is saying. "No, that's not all I care about. In the weeks before John Wayne Gacys scheduled execution, he was far from reconciled to his fate. Dhruv Khullar examines what strategies worked to control the virus, and talks to the C.D.C.s director, Rochelle Walensky, about the issue of misinformation. And laugh at him. Do you think, at his core, that he is racist? "If you're going to come at her," says a Democratic operative, "you've got to come correct. All Rights Reserved. Donald Trump will be basking in affection from activists at CPAC on Saturday. A new era of strength competitions is testing the limits of the human body. As we were talking, her phone buzzed. Is a Woman Ever Going to Win the White House? "She came into the Page One conference room, and there was this huge round of applause," Parker says. And I want to start with, I think, the question a question that is all about what keeps him in the news, and that is his denial of the result of the 2020 election, insisting that he actually won. Like the president she covers, Haberman, 43, is a born-and-bred New Yorker and slightly ill at ease in Washington. Because he is the same person he was during the campaign.". Sean Piccoli,Jonah E. Bromwich,Ben Protess. Haberman, one of the main conduits of Oval Office drama, came under particular fire for her handling of anonymous sources. And, for all Habermans success in demystifying Trump, at times she seems to vest him with eerie power. Well, we know that he I mean, and you have written this. "Maggie doesn't camouflage. Trump conceded this was true and the story was about an "8. How does he see the truth? I think that theres a misunderstanding among certain aspects of our readership about what it is we do, she said. Toward the end of our meeting, Haberman told me that she is superstitious. Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for The New York Times, has been covering Donald Trump since the 1990s. She glanced at it, then apologized. But no matter what Haberman writes about Trump, he has never frozen her out. And, early on, he figured out how to neutralize threats by hiring them, as when he lured Anthony Gliedman, the housing commissioner who denied his request for a tax break on Trump Tower, and whom Trump subsequently threatened and sued, to come work for him several years later. She was part of a team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2021 for coverage of the Trump administrations handling of the coronavirus. People have a right to feel however they feel, she said, dismissing the subject. Judy Woodruff: A number of news reporters have tried and are still trying to understand former President Donald Trump and his influence on our nation's politics today. She was accused of skewing her coverage in exchange for access (a claim she rejects)these allegations sometimes came from the same critics who bristled at her papers studious impartiality. "She's like Michael Corleone," Thrush says, "sucked into the family business." Her daughter was home sick from school with a fever. He's called him a weakling. Because she was literally talking to 16 people within our campaign at the same time.". The tale concerns a boy named Harold who goes for a walk in the evening and draws things from his imagination, including an entire city, with his enchanted crayon. " She's like my psychiatrist . A word I didnt use in the book, she told me, but that a lot of people whove worked for [Trump] use, is nihilist. In Confidence Man, Haberman writes that Trump is often simply, purely opaque, permitting people to read meaning and depth into every action, no matter how empty they may be.. Haberman did not let it slide. "There's an enormous personal price that she pays, that people pay when they devote so much of themselves to this," Thrush says. He noticed right away that Haberman had talent. Three years later, she moved to the Times as it beefed up its political staff in advance of the 2016 campaign. No one suggests her male colleagues are "wooing" Trump. By Damon Winter/The New York Times . Is she, in fact, friendly to Trumps people? President Xi Jinping of China, he has been praising repeatedly since he left office. The media writ large was unprepared to cover a political candidate who lied as freely as Trump did, on matters big and small, Haberman reflects, adding that the word lie presumes knowledge of a speakers motivations. "I used to really cringe at the way my colleagues would talk to spokespeople," she said. I also think he's extremely suggestible and I think he's extremely paranoid. Todays press culture thrusts reporters onstage, parsing their judgments and perspectives as part of a ceaseless Twitter meta-drama about journalistic integrity. There is also the question of what prolonged exposure to Trumpa man who profanes and corrupts everything he toucheshas done to Haberman herself. Haberman was not the only reporter to see the underlying logic in the daily bedlam emanating from Washington. He confesses that he is drawn to her, like a moth to a flame. he yelps like a sixth grader sent our way on a dare, and dashes off. (Both her brother, Zach, and her husband, Dareh Gregorian, work at the New York Daily News.). "What do they thinkthat it's going in a secret newspaper?". "In the beginning, you're going to a lot of crime scenes. And somewhat in connection with that, there's a long list of people he's belittled, people who've been loyal to him, like Lindsey Graham, Senator Graham, Kevin McCarthy. I mean, what what how does he do this? "You're going to bring this up every time, aren't you?" It was Haberman he dialed. She was the dominant Trump reporter on the campaign, and she didn't travel with him. As a construction tycoon, Trump sought out unsavory accomplices, partnering on one project with a Soviet-born investor whod been convicted for both first-degree assault (shoving a broken margarita glass into a mans face) and fraud (a pump-and-dump penny stock scheme involving the Genovese crime family). He donated heavily to politicians who could grease the wheels of his business machinations. She almost never turns her phone off. And so it is easy for people to convince him that something is true, when it is not. The books thesisTrumps gonna Trumpis pointedly unglamorous, in keeping with Habermans deflationary assessments of Trumps character. I know a lot of people have been waiting to see this. Pictures of the incident show Haberman talking nonstop as an uncharacteristically silent Koch stares at her, slightly astonished. Maggie grew up on the Upper West Side, attending P.S. Millions of high-quality images, video, and music options are waiting for you. Confidence Man, which synthesizes years of reporting on Trump and his milieu, is, in some ways, a standard-issue Trump book. But he and Haberman say it reminds them of New York politics; they see Trump's presidency more as a "national mayoraltyit's got that scale, it has that informality," Thrush says. Are you doing an interview?" Another evil eye was in her pocket. Subscribe to Heres the Deal, our politics Haberman was learning the same arthow to "punch through" in a daily news cycle, as New York Times political reporter and frequent collaborator Alexander Burns puts it. The man with the orange hair is making a scene. But Confidence Man is among the first to seriously consider its subjects backstory, how he sprang from the overlapping scenes of New York real estate, city government, and media celebrity. I just have totems, she said, hoarsely, because her press tour had already begun and she was losing her voice. She wore an iteration of her usual uniform: black pants, black jacket, reddish-pink blouse, and an air of bone-crushing fatigue. "You're pretty!" Well be fine.. I dont want this out there, she remembers saying. "This is the book Trump fears most.". For a moment, it seems he might be coming over to tell off the reporter. She echoed the same thought to me in email dispatches as she and her colleagues furiously traded scoops with the Washington Post last week. I just wanted to make the point that we were engaged in some revisionist history. Maggie Haberman is a tireless, keen-eyed example. Include your name, the article headline, and your message. Many of the juiciest Trump pieces have been broken by her: That story about him spending his evenings alone in a bathrobe, watching cable news? he asks, uncertainly. Sister Sites: Techmeme Tech news essentials. And I think that the people who he would put into key jobs would be very alarming to a number of people across Washington. He is who he is and he's not going to change. "I'm wearing a sweatshirt, and my hair is in a bun," she told the producer. I was shaped by understanding what sold in a tabloid, Haberman told me. As a woman and a receptacle for liberals disappointed hopes about the capacities of journalism in the MAGA era, Haberman received a tremendous amount of vitriol, Drezner said. ", It makes her both an enticing challenge and a nettlesome problem for a president who does not let the truth get in the way of a good story. For his first term, Haberman has said, he wanted to campaign more than he wanted to be elected; now he wants to be elected without all the travails of campaigning. By Sean Piccoli,Jonah E. Bromwich,Ben Protess and William K. Rashbaum. Haberman countered that such soap operas have been happening for years. Mediagazer Must-read media news. Maggie Haberman, Author, "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America": It's a really good question, Judy. Premium Access. he says, holding out his fist. There's a malevolence around how he does this a lot of the time, but he treats facts as if they are things that can be either discarded or invented or created or augmented, but facts are an ongoing, fluid thing with him. Brian Fallon, who was a campaign spokesperson for Clinton, says that Haberman was in touch with him and his staff so often that it was like she'd been assigned to cover them. It narrates how he and his siblings cut off medical funding for his brothers infant grandson, who was born with a disorder that led to cerebral palsy, in order to punish some of his relatives during an estate dispute. Ashley Parker, now a Washington Post White House correspondent but then one of Haberman's colleagues at the Times, says Haberman confirmed the tip and wrote the story on her phone during the graduation. My job, she said, is to provide as much information on a topic as possible that is significant and relevant and related to events. What a President does, she noted, will always get coverage. Please check your inbox to confirm. She tried to get work in magazines, but she ended up bartending at Cleopatra's Needle, a jazz club on the Upper West Side frequented by Columbia University students, before eventually landing a job at the Post as a "copy kid" (the new politically correct term at the paper). This would be a profound shift in the shape of the federal government. I don't believe that he learned how to be president more astutely. Some of his aides laughed. But his campaign is preparing for an ugly, protracted primary fight for the nomination. Her expertise wasn't just Trumpit was the Trump psyche. Guy Cecil has led Priorities USA since 2015 and will leave at the end of March, as outside political groups begin to make plans for the 2024 races. Her coverage is often grounded in statements about Trumps characterthat he thrives on chaos but loves routine, or that he stirs up infighting among his cronies. [2] Haberman returned to the Post to cover the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign and other political races. During the Trump Presidency, Habermans output and name recognition placed her at the center of debates over how journalists should cover his Administration. Like Kane in Orson Welles's masterpiece, Trump was a swaggering . "Haven't you joined us already?" ", "Maggie's magic is that she's the dominant reporter on the [White House] beat, and she doesn't even live in Washington. The aides and advisers who spoke to Haberman for the book - she writes that she interviewed more than 250 people - offer a damning portrait of a commander in chief who was uninterested in. Haberman jumped to Politico in 2010, where she covered him full-bore for the first time; he was then flirting with the idea of joining the 2012 Republican primary and beginning to spread the lie that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. How Should an Older President Think About a Second Term? "I'm actually not trying to be funny," Haberman said, correcting them, and, when they continued to laugh, insisting, "Again, I'm not doing a comedy line. "[18], She has been credited with becoming "the highest-profile reporter" to cover Trump's campaign and presidency, as well as "the most-cited journalist in the Mueller report". When Haberman interviewed Trump in the Oval Office this April, he was making his usual complaint about how unfair her coverage is. 1996 - 2023 NewsHour Productions LLC. Haberman pressed her point: "It was two months ago. Slate called her Trump's "snake charmer"; New Yorker editor in chief David Remnick recently likened Trump to her "ardent, twisted suitor." Oct 9, 2022. She's former transportation secretary. Congratulations on the book. Her tweets frequently numbered more than a hundred and forty in twenty-four hours. For Confidence Man, Haberman interviewed Trump three times. To revisit this article, select My Account, thenView saved stories, To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories, Among the revelations in the recently released materials from the January 6th committee was an account of a conversation that took place in May, 2022, between the former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson and the former White House ethics attorney Stefan Passantino. When he accused former national security adviser Susan Rice of committing crimes, and defended Fox News' Bill O'Reilly against the sexual harassment claims that would soon end his career at the network? And she clearly knows the family dynamic and knows him and all of these family stories very, very well, better than anyone. Grow your brand authentically by sharing brand content with the internets creators. And she's got a BlackBerry and a flip phone going at the same time. Haberman has spent a good part of the past seven years immersed in Trumps deranged fantasia of American life. I think, to quote someone who knew him years ago who said this to me a couple of months back, a second Trump presidency would be very heavily driven by spite. As the 2024 race gears up, the Confidence Man and his chronicler have become each others context, bound together and propelled by desires that both are and arent their own. [20][21] A Guardian review of the book describes her as "the New York Times' Trump whisperer", and describes the book as "much more than 600 pages of context, scoop and gives Trump and those close to him plenty of voice and rope. With a tentative tour that would include stops in Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire, the Florida governor is paving the way for a presidential run. Adds Haberman, "Some Ed Koch. Is it the claustrophobia that bothers her? All rights reserved. Haberman and The New York Times supposedly disproportionately covered Hillary Clinton's email controversy with many more articles critical of her than of the numerous scandals involving her competitor Donald Trump, including his sexual misconduct allegations,[16][17] with Taylor Link writing: "The NYT's White House reporter calls the Clinton campaign liars, but was hesitant to use that word with Trump. Maggie Haberman chose not to make this about another smear campaign against the 45th president of the United States, but rather offer some context that all readers ought to heed. Maggie Haberman during a screening of The Fourth Estate at TheTimesCenter on May 9, 2018, in New York City. It's titled "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.". I can't think of anyone whose behavior in typical U.S. political fashion he admires right now. At the annual conference this week, conservative celebrities like Mike Lindell and Kari Lake will attend, as will Donald Trump, but many possible 2024 rivals are skipping it. They're going to lose [their access] anyway," she says. Glass ceiling: Tishby, an Israeli native who now calls Los Angeles home, joined the podcast to discuss her new book . She finds the framing of her relationship with the president in romantic terms "facile." How an unemployed blogger confirmed that Syria had used chemical weapons. And we clearly saw it continue in the White House, be it attacking Elijah Cummings in Baltimore, a city that is part of the United States, and Trump was supposed to be the president for all of the United States, whether he was attacking congresswomen of color, whether he was getting into various condemnations, or lack thereof, I should say, of white supremacists, whether he was flirting with the QAnon conspiracy theory. Your Privacy Choices: Opt Out of Sale/Targeted Ads. Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for the New York Times, stops midsentence to stare at his back as he gesticulates broadly and shouts at his dinner companions over the already considerable din at BLT Steak in Washington, DC, downstairs from the offices of the Times' bureau. When the moderator of the panel, Jeff Greenfield, a veteran reporter and host of PBS's Need to Know, remarks that a Democratic senator told him the Republican senators think Trump is "nuts," Haberman prefaces her response with "I don't know that I'd go with the diagnostic that you used," but then offerswith specific details that are more enlightening and perhaps more damningthat she had lunch with a Republican senator who has been astonished to discover that Trump watches his every move in the media, calling him directly to parse his TV appearances and quotes he's given the print press. [3] She is a 1991 graduate of Ethical Culture Fieldston School, followed by Sarah Lawrence College where she obtained a bachelor's degree in 1995. What Did We Learn About the Georgia Grand Jurys Findings? In those days, the future president was a fixture in Page Six, the Post's gossip column. She previously worked as a political reporter for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and Politico. Because otherwise you're just never going to be able to cover him," she says. As she regards the man with the orange hair, it's like watching a predator decide whether or not to go in for the kill. Over time, however, as Haberman did not get beat, did not get beat, he realized she was for real. By Jim Rutenberg, Jo Becker, Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin, Matthew Rosenberg and Michael S. Schmidt Published Jan. 31, 2021 Updated June 14, 2022 The shift by Mr. Lowell, one of Washingtons best-known scandal lawyers, highlights the blurry lines between self-promotion, access to power and the right to legal representation. As an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence, Haberman studied creative writing and child psychology. Theyre outraged by what were covering, and they dont understand why its not having the effect it should. Other commentators, reacting to Rupert Murdochs withdrawal of support and the strong Democratic showing in the midterms, were beginning to treat Trump like a political has-been. The Manhattan district attorneys office is scrutinizing the former presidents role in the hush money payment to a porn star. Because Haberman has known Trump for so long she has been derided as a schill. Haberman was born on October 30, 1973, in New York City, the daughter of Clyde Haberman, who became a longtime journalist for The New York Times, and Nancy Haberman (ne Spies), a media communications executive at Rubenstein Associates. These words were spoken in 2008 by an unlikely film critic named Donald Trump. Habermans own confidence man, though overexposed, can seem similarly elusive. I reflexively tense up; she doesn't flinch. What is he at his core, what does he care about? The subjects may have primed her for the task of deciphering Trump; her classmates, she said, talked a lot about magical thinking. Her first job in journalism was at the Post, which sent her to crime scenes, trials, hospitals (to document V.I.P. "I'm just trying not to get beat," she says. Through it all, she never missed a beat in our conversation. The man with the orange hair is making a scene. "You can change her mind," Madden says. He draws buildings. She wrote fiction. Access the best of Getty Images with our simple subscription plan.Millions of high-quality images, video, and music options are waiting for you. But I do think he figured out personnel, which is often what he's focused on. But, no, I think that, of political of U.S. political leaders who are alive right now, I'm very hard-pressed to point to a single person who he really admires, unless they're fighting for him. They range from an extraordinarily intimate account of a "sour and dark" Trump berating his staff as "incompetent" to the revelation that Trump called Comey a "nutjob" in an Oval Office meeting with the Russians the day after his dismissal, telling them that Comey's ouster had relieved the pressure of the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and his campaign. Ppl don't change." She's so well-sourced and so well-connected that she doesn't need to," Karni says. And Haberman, like Trump, knows how to spin: Confidence Man makes a show of refusing Trumps enticements. "We were pretty demanding in terms of getting quotes, good-quality ones"which, in tabloid terms, means they have to be memorable and true"and getting them fast." As her book tour began, in October, Haberman and I met for an interview in Washington. "And it's not just any mayoralty; it's a late-'80s, early '90s New York mayoralty." I think he has a long pattern of racist behavior going back to when he was in New York City. The media personality Keith Olbermann and the opinion columnist Michael J. Stern, among others, charged her with failing to immediately report vital knowledge uncovered over the course of her book researchmost significantly, that Trump had told aides that he wasnt leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after the election. "His whole thing has always been to be accepted among the New York elites, whom he sort of preemptively sneers atthat thing that people do when they are not really sure if they will be completely validated, where they push away people whose approval they are seeking. Maggie Haberman is a senior political correspondent who joined The New York Times in 2015 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on Donald Trump's advisers and . "Short fiction, always somewhat curiously resembling my own life," she says. I just want to go back to the psychiatrist line. The one who has undoubtedly spent more time covering him than any other is New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, who has been covering Mr. Trump since the 1990s. "The Triborough and Empire State view of Trump is very different from the national view of Trump," she points out. Her reporting, much of it written with other Times staffers, mingled Pulitzer-winning discoveries (Trump told Russian officials that firing James Comey relieved great pressure on him), palace intrigue (John Kelly clashed with Corey Lewandowski), and bathetic details (Trump watching television in his bathrobe). CNN political analyst Maggie Haberman weighs in on the statements made to CNN by Emily Kohrs, the foreperson of the Atlanta-based grand jury that investigated former President Donald Trump's . The first two years of the Trump presidency were a boom time for political books, and one of the boomiest was the deal announced in September 2017 in which the New York Times' star White House reporters, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush . So it must be that were doing it wrong. I noted that the idea of silver-bullet journalismof the one article that levels the Trump White Houseis deeply bewitching. But who he is is also why he won and why he tripled down after Access Hollywood," the political crisis which Haberman says is probably the yardstick Trump is using to measure his response to the current situation. She's "wickedly competitive," says Gregg Birnbaum, the former Post editor (now senior political editor at NBC News Digital) whom Haberman credits with drilling into her head, "Do not get beat, do not get beat. "I have respect for you, sir, but you have called me to thank me about my coverage over the past year and a half at different points," she told him.

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