Michael Wolff: ‘I’m Barely a Journalist,’ My Job Has ‘Nothing to Do With Truth’


Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff deflected from critics questioning the credibility of his infamous White House insider book by saying he is “barely a journalist” and is instead a “writer” who is not focused on “truth.”

Wolff, who made the comments while speaking to the student publication of his alma mater Vassar College, defended his work on President Donald Trump’s administration to the Vassar Political Review:


“I am an observer: I investigate nothing. All I do is look and write what I see and what I hear, and my job — which has nothing to do with truth — is to take what I see and what I hear and write that in a way that readers can come [as close] as possible — as close as I came — to the experience of doing this. I want to be able to turn what I see into something that a reader says ‘oh, I see that too.’”

The criticisms leveled against Wolff’s book, which have come from both sides of the aisle, accuse the author of sensational reporting and even lying to create a more intriguing narrative. Still, the book managed to captivate the attention of Washington, D.C. and even Trump himself, who angrily tweeted about it incessantly.

Wolff continued the interview by refraining from calling himself a reporter: “I’m not a political journalist. I’m not, frankly, all that much interested in politics. I’m a writer. I’m barely a journalist, actually. I am a writer.”

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