Fact-checking Michael Wolff

( CNN) It’s unprecedented to see a chairwoman trying to keep a book off the shelves — and rare to see a publisher moving up that book’s on-sale date — as has happened with Michael Wolff’s explosive “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, ” which prompted “cease and desist” threats from one of Donald Trump’s lawyers against Wolff, his publisher, and former chief strategist Steve Bannon. In reaction, John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, the parent company of Wolff’s publisher Henry Holt, sent a strongly worded memoranda to employees that the company would not back down.

“Fire and Fury” has sparked a frenzy in Washington and beyond. Among many other things, the furor over the bookhas accelerated debates over reporting from unnamed sources and laid bare gaps between fact-checking procedures in book publishing and in journalism.

CNN Opinion asked experts on free press and the presidencyto weigh in: What can we learn from the issues raised by the reactions of the President and the press to Michael Wolff’s book? The views expressed here are solely theirs.

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