One of ‘The View’ hosts, Meghan McCain, went on a full-fledged attack against botched journalist Michael Wolff over his new book, pointing out the discrepancies and the countless of people who have pointed out the factual errors in the book, reports Town Hall.
McCain doesn’t back down from her line of questioning when Wolff mistakenly stepped on to the set of The View. She starts right off the bat listing all of the people who have publicly condemned and denied quotes that Wolff has used in his book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Tony Blair, Anna Wintour and The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin and David Brooks, are the names McCain lists off. She also brings up her own experiences with journalists like Wolff when she mentions the book Game Change, which was about her father, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and the 2008 presidential election.
“Traditionally, in situations like this, it’s the disgruntled staffers who aren’t loyal to their principal who give interviews like this,” McCain told Wolff, suggesting that their testimony might not be a complete truth.
What McCain really got Wolff on was this so-called off-the-record dinner with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes that he then writes about in his book.
Wolff confirmed it had been an off-the record and McCain said, “this is why people hate journalists, by the way; it’s why I don’t believe in the concept of ‘off-the-record,’ this right here.”
Wolff’s explanation for why he did include it in the book was that when Ailes died, the claim of “off-the-record” died with him and he says Bannon then later encouraged him to include the diner in the book.
During the interview, Wolff also says he regrets how he mixed up Washington Post reporter with his brother, but he does it so in a dismissive way.
McCain also asks why he only bothered to talk to the disgruntled staff about Trump and not Ivanka Trump and her husband, or any of Trump’s cabinet members which would have been the most obvious interviews to be had.
All in all, the interview was an awkward one and in the end Wolff essentially says that all of these journalists, like the ones at The New York Times, are coming after him is because he “scooped them” and got this shocking story out before they could.
This interview is just another showcase of Wolff trying to defend his defenseless book that is full of factual errors and just so many lies that the book should be discredited along with its author.