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Meghan McCain questions 'Fire and Fury' author's credibility: 'There are a lot of factual errors
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Meghan McCain questions 'Fire and Fury' author's credibility: 'There are a lot of factual errors

During Wednesday's airing of "The View," co-host Meghan McCain spoke to "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" author Michael Wolff about his controversial book, and not only questioned his credibility, but also was successful in forcing Wolff to admit that he used initially off-the-record information in his writings.

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At the top of one of the show's segments, McCain directed a pointed statement to Wolff.

"You know, Michael, your credibility is being questioned," she began, attempting to launch into the Trump administration's criticisms of the book.

During McCain's remarks, Wolff shot back, "But let's remember who my credibility is being questioned by."

Undaunted, McCain fired back, rattling off a list of names of those who have disputed portions of the book.

"New York Times' Maggie Haberman, New York Times' John Martin and David Brooks, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, Tony Blair, Tom Barrack, Kate Walsh, Anna Wintour — all denying quotes," she said. "Washington Post reporter Mark Berman was in the Four Seasons the same time as Ivanka Trump; you admitted to mixing up Mark with Mike Berman, Trump needed the Constitution explained to him. His advisers say Nunberg has fabricated stories in the past. This goes on and on."

During her spiel, Wolff sat quietly and without expression, staring at McCain.

"There are a lot of factual errors in here, so I want to know from you is what do you say to the people?" she demanded.

Wolff's answer? "I regret mixing up Mike Berman and Mark Berman. The Berman brothers have my apology."

Undaunted, McCain continued, noting that while she read Wolff's book, it "hit a special place" for her as the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was the subject of a similar book, "Game Change," a publication about her father's failed 2008 presidential bid.

"How can I trust some of these quotes when ... all of these people denying these quotes and stories attributed to them?" she asked.

Wolff defended himself by saying that people should be looking, instead to those who have not denied quotes or stories.

When the conversation turned to the late Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon, who were quoted heavily in the book, Wolff admitted that comments from the two, given during their infamous 2017 dinner party with Wolff, were off-the record.

"This was, actually, an off-the-record dinner," Wolff explained, "but two things happened."

Shaking her head, McCain interrupted, "This is why people hate journalists, by the way — this is why I don’t believe in the concept of off-the-record."

"With Roger Ailes' death, it seemed to me that off-the-record died with the death of the source, that's number one," Wolff defended. "Still, Steve Bannon understood it was off-the-record, but not long after Roger died, Steve said to me, 'You're going to put that on the record, aren't you, you're going to use that, that was history.'"

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Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Sarah is a former staff writer for TheBlaze, and a former managing editor and producer at TMZ. She resides in Delaware with her family. You can reach her via Twitter at @thesarahdtaylor.