On Wednesday, Meghan McCain cornered author Michael Wolff on The View, eliciting his admission that he used at least one lengthy conversation that was off the record in his book, “Fire and Fury,” which attacked President Trump and his family. She also bluntly confronted him about all the people he quoted in his book that have denied remarks attributed to him.
McCain went right after Wolff with this question:
“New York Times Maggie Haberman, New York Times John Martin, David Brooks, CNN’s Alyson Camerota, Tony Blair, Tom Barrack, Kate Walsh, Anna Wintour, all denying quotes. Washington Post reporter Mark Berman was in the Four Seasons the same time as Ivanka Trump. You admitted to mixing up Mike with Mark Berman. “Trump needed the Constitution explained to him.” His advisors say Nunberg has fabricated stories in the past; this goes on and on. The age of the White House communications director; there are lots of factual errors in here. So what I want to know from you is, what do you say to the people…”
“So anyway, this dinner was questioned, and then it came out because somebody who was at this dinner pointed out, “Oh, this dinner was actually at my house,” which is, that’s how I know exactly what happened there. So when you write a book like this, and this is a particular kind of book, I mean, The New York Times is going into some sort of apoplexy about this; probably because I kind of scooped them; we’re all journalists, and this is what we do.
But I want to say there’s room, there’s room. Daily reporters do a specific job; book writers do a specific job. My goal was not to give the explosive things that happened every day in this administration and therefore make you forget what happens the day before, but to give this longer view to put some context, to put everyone actually to put everyone in the seat that I sat on in the West Wing, to see that this administration from that point of view, to see the forest for the trees.”
McCain again reiterated her question, clearly frustrated:
I’m not saying that they aren’t idiots for honestly letting you around and giving you that kind of access because, quite frankly, had you invited me to your house at any point before this book, I would have said, ‘hell no, of course not.’ I don’t go to [a] journalist’s house and start dishing about anything private in the political circles I’m in. I’m just confused, were you friends with Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes beforehand and you were like, “Come to my to house for an off-the-record dinner” and then you reported on it, or was it on the record?