Left-wing hero Michael Wolff -- author of the error-ridden, incendiary Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House -- has been pummeled by fact-checkers over the past several days. The beating showed no signs of stopping on Wednesday's episode of The View, as Meghan McCain served up a robust helping of scathing scrutiny.
The show's lone conservative further questioned the veracity of the lurid anti-Trump publication, saying:
"You know, Michael, your credibility is being questioned. Trump said the book is full of lies…”
Wolff arrogantly interrupted Meghan, injecting:
“Let’s remember who my credibility is being questioned by.”
McCain pushed forward:
“Let me finish. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, New York Times’ John Martin, David Brooks, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, [former British Prime Minister] Tony Blair, Tom Barrack, Kate Walsh, Anna Wintour, all denying quotes.”
The list could've stopped there, already being sufficient to discredit Wolff's gossipfest alleging a troubled White House and an incompetent President. However, McCain wasn't close to done:
"'Washington Post reporter Mark Berman was in the Four Seasons at the same time as Ivanka Trump;' you admitted to mixing up Mark with Mike Berman. 'Trump needed the Constitution explained to him;' his advisors say [Sam] Nunberg has fabricated stories in the past. This goes on and on. The age of the White House communications director. There are a lot of factual errors in here. So [what] I want to know from you is, what do you say to people?"
Wolff paused to apologize to the Berman brothers.
For Meghan -- daughter of John McCain -- the inaccuracies of the book struck a personal chord, as she explained:
"I read your book, and I think this hits a special place for me because my family has been the subject of a book like this -- Game Change. And Game Change was written...a lot of disgruntled staffers...it's the disgruntled staffers who aren't loyal to their principal that give interviews like this. So I'm curious: when you talk about staff...you didn't talk to his cabinet. Did you ever interview Jared and Ivanka? And how can I trust some of these quotes when -- again -- Tony Blair, Tom Barack, Kate Walsh, Anna Wintour...all these people are denying these stories and quotes attributed to them?"
Wolff claimed he gleaned inflammatory information from an off-the-record dinner at his house. Furthermore, he dismissed the NYT's excoriation of his failed attempts at factual reporting with an allegation of simple journalistic jealousy:
"When you write a book like this...I mean, the New York Times is going into a bit of apoplexy about this, because...I kind of scooped them."
Riiight. So, The Times is jealous because he beat them to the punch of writing a book filled with stories and quotes that are denied by those to which they're attributed?
Meghan wouldn't relent, and the video is glorious to watch.
Wolff maintained that the book wasn't personal. "There is no 'I' in this book; I don't appear in this book," he said. It seems that, along with the author, another thing that doesn't appear in the book...is the truth.