Meghan McCain slams Wolff over Trump book: 'This is why people hate journalists'

Meghan McCain sparred with “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff on “The View” Wednesday, confronting him over inconsistencies in his book.

McCain specifically criticized Wolff over an excerpt from his book that revealed a conversation between late Fox CEO Roger Ailes and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon. The conversation took place at an off-the-record dinner that was revealed after publication to have taken place at Wolff’s home.

“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 said. “I don’t go to journalists’ house and start dishing about anything private … I’m just confused, were you friends with Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonMcCarthy claims no one 'questioning the legitimacy' of the 2020 election The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Veteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges MORE 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 began to say.

McCain interrupted, adding, “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 defended his choice to include the conversation in his book, saying that Ailes’s death meant that “off-the-record died with the source.”


He added that after Ailes died, Bannon encouraged him to include the conversation in his book, telling him, “That was history.”

McCain also jabbed Wolff over the numerous people who have doubted the veracity of some of his claims, reading a long list of journalists and prominent figures who have questioned Wolff’s reporting.

“There are a lot of factual errors in here,” she said.

She referenced the book “Game Change,” about her father Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRepublicans have dumped Reagan for Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential run, and questioned Wolff’s sources.

“This hits a special place for me because my family has been the subject of a book like this,” McCain said. “Traditionally, in situations like this, it’s the disgruntled staffers who aren’t loyal to their principle who give interviews like this.”