When Fire and Fury columnist Michael Wolff appeared on The View Wednesday morning, the multitudes were keen to heap adoration on him for uncovering President Donald Trump as a very unstable non-genius. But there was an exception, and it came from the show’s newest co-host, Meghan McCain.
” You know, Michael, your credibility is being questioned ,” McCain said at the top of his second roundtable segment. As she began to quote Trump’s criticisms of the book, Wolff trimmed her off, saying,” Let’s retain who my credibility is being questioned by .”
But as McCain pointed out, it’s not just Trump announcing his journalistic tricks into question.
She rolled off The New York Times ‘ Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin and David Brooks, along with Tony Blair and Anna Wintour as those who have feuded parts of the book. She could have also contributed Stephen Colbert, who gave Wolff a pretty strong grilling earlier in the week and CNN’s Jake Tapper, who called both Trump and Wolff” inaccurate narrators .”
” I miss desegregating up Mike Berman and Mark Berman ,” Wolff informed her, acknowledging one of the frequently cited lapses in the book.” The Berman brethren have my apologetics ,” he contributed, trying to reach those discussions jokey.
But McCain wasn’t having it, telling Wolff that the book” smacks a special situate” for her because she had a same know when Game Change , John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book about her father’s disappointed 2008 expedition, was released.
Wolff attacked himself, solely against appraisals from the Times , by saying they are “apoplectic” because he “scooped” them.” We’re all reporters, and “thats what we” do ,” he said.
” I’m not saying they’re not schmucks for, frankly, letting you around and giving you that kind of access ,” McCain said of Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes, who are repeated prolifically in the book,” because, quite frankly, if you had invited me to your live at any point before this work I would have said,’ Hell no, of course not ,’ I don’t go to journalists’ house and start dishing about anything private in the government roundabouts I’m in .”
Asked if his infamous dinner party with Ailes and Bannon was ” off-the-record ,” Wolff admitted that is was, spurring McCain to say,” This is why people hate journalists, by the way, this is why I don’t believe in the concept of off-the-record .”
But, as Wolff interpreted, after Ailes lived, he decided that the specific characteristics of his off-the-record statements died with him. As for Bannon’s comments at that dinner, he claimed that the now-former Breitbart premier yielded him special permission to put them back on the record, because they now represented “history.”
McCain has had major problems linked to Wolff’s book from the moment excerpts started to appear across the media.
” Giving[ Wolff] the various kinds of access, when he is shadowing the president, talking to the top staffers for 18 months, is not just amazing, but it is suicide and madnes ,” she said on The View late last week.” The only happening I can come up with right now, is that Steve Bannon is trying to take Trump out from the inside .”