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 BannonCatholic cardinal says Steve Bannon using monastery for political purposes How Russia exploited Trump's messy presidential transition Scaramucci: Mr. President, the press is not the enemy of the people 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 McCainPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump 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.”