Author of the explosive White House tell-all Michael Wolff was confronted by MSNBC’s Katy Tur regarding the many “factual errors” in Fire and Fury ––which the author dodged by suggesting that if his reporting on President Donald Trump feels true, then “it is true.”
Tur used two notable disputes made by Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney and former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh against Wolff’s book, and the author shot back by calling them both liars who are just looking to cover for themselves.
“They are all lying — I mean, they’re in a situation where — in a situation now where Donald Trump has come to think that this book is a mortal threat, I don’t know if it is or it isn’t, but he certainly feels that way, and he’s making demands on everybody,” Wolff said to Tur.
He continued, “I hear through the grapevine that Katie Walsh’s job is at issue now, and — which I regret. And even then, she’s not really saying that I misquoted her. She’s saying that she was quoting something, like she was quoting Steve Bannon who said he’s a child. Everybody says he’s a child, in fact.”
Wolff added that these Trump confidants quoted on the book are just “scrambling” and “panicked” right now, as this book seems to have particularly upset the president.
Tur said she read the book and found “factual errors” in it, despite the parts that did “feel true.”
While the writer admitted to some misleading information in Fire and Fury, in an amazing statement, Wolff said, “If it rings true, it is true.”
Obviously this postmodern interruption of journalism caused Tur to raise her eyebrows at the claim, but Wolff continued on this chain of thought. “As I say, the so-called errors that you’re talking about are the kind of miniscule errors you’re going to find in any book, including yours. I’m up to a particular kind of scrutiny because I’m threatening the President of the United States. And, you know, bring it on is what I say,” he said.
Despite the MSNBC host pushing Wolff to release the audio tapes of his bizarre interviews with White House insiders, the author said he plans on treating his book like any other piece of reporting — meaning he expects readers to trust his writing at face value.
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