Meghan McCain is winning kudos today for putting Wolff through the ringer, challenging him to explain the mistakes in his fact-challenged “tell-all” book on the Trump White House. She even forced him to admit that one notable conversation Wolff related in the book was supposed to be off the record.
“You know, Michael, your credibility is being questioned. Trump says the book is full of lies,” McCain began. She was interrupted by Wolff, who said, “but let’s remember who my credibility is being questioned by.”
McCain pressed on, “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…. There are a lot of factual errors in here…. How can I trust some of these quotes when, again,… all these people are denying these quotes and stories attributed to them?” she asked, while Wolff’s eyes darted around nervously.
“I regret mixing up Mike Berman and Mark Berman,” a slightly cowed Wolff offered.
McCain pointed out that the same underhanded techniques he used — using hearsay from disgruntled staffers — were used against her father in the book Game Change.
“I think you have to look at, also, the other people who are not denying and, actually, the great number of people,” Wolff protested. He later insisted, “The New York Times is going into some amount of apoplexy about this probably because I kind of scooped them.”
But McCain was having none of it. She pressed him on the now infamous dinner conversation that took place at his home with the late Fox CEO Roger Ailes and Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon.
“Was that off the record?” she kept asking him.
“This was actually an off-the-record dinner,” Wolff finally admitted.
“This is why people hate journalists, by the way,” McCain interjected. “It’s why I don’t believe in the concept of ‘off the record,’ this right here.”