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Meghan McCain Takes Michael Wolff To Task Over Salacious Claims In WH Tell-All

Author Michael Wolff’s new book - 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' - has captured a ton of attention. The book has been flying off the shelves, and it’s led to an endless amount of chatter in both media and political circles.

Wolff has been out on a promotional tour to provide some more insight into the book, and he’s been faced with some rather tough questions. A number of interviewers have questioned the overall credibility of the book, as it’s quite clear that Wolff is doing his best to drive home specific points.

As The Hill shares, Wolff was recently on ABC’s ‘The View,’ and he faced some rather tough questioning by co-host Meghan McCain. The co-host doesn’t appear to be buying what Wolff’s peddling, and she wasn’t too shy about making that clear.

The pair had a number of testy exchanges, and the author seemed to be clearly taken aback by being called out in such a public forum.

“You know, Michael, your credibility is being questioned. Trump said the book is full of lies…” McCain said.

“Let’s remember who my credibility is being questioned by,” Wolff interjected.

“Let me finish,” McCain replied. “The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, New York Times’ John Martin, David Brooks, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Tony Blair, Tom Barrack, Kate Walsh, Anna Wintour, all denying quotes.”

Wolff doesn’t have the greatest track record in journalism circles. Many critics have called him out for relying a bit too much on his storytelling skills as opposed to simply sticking to the facts.

While that doesn’t mean that the book is filled with nothing but tall tales, it does call into question the validity of his overall claims. In short, Wolff paints a picture of a president that is unfit for the job, and he draws on a number of different sources, quotes, and rumors to drive his point home.

McCain would also question Wolff’s inclusion of certain quotes in the book, as there have been plenty of questions making the rounds about what was ‘on-the-record’ versus ‘off-the-record.’

“Quite frankly, had you invited me to your house at any point before this book, I would have said ‘hell no, of course not.’” McCain explained.

“I don’t go to journalists’ house and start dishing about anything private … I’m just confused, were you friends with Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes beforehand and you were like, ‘come to my house for an off-the-record dinner’ and then you reported on it?”

“This was actually an off-the-record dinner,” Wolff replied.

“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,” McCain replied.

Wolff would try to justify the inclusion of the quote by explaining that Ailes is dead, so in his mind, that means all bets are off. All in all, it was the latest in a long line of poor performances from Wolff once the spotlight was turned back on him.

During a number of interviews, he’s come across as nervous and unsure of himself, and he incessantly returns to the book’s narrative whenever he starts feeling the heat: that Trump is unfit for office. He may want to spend some time crafting his responses a bit better before stepping in front of a camera again.

Otherwise, prospective readers may come to the conclusion that ‘Fire and Fury’ is just a bunch of hot air.

Source: The Hill, Daily Caller
Photo: The View, YouTube

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