“I work like every journalist works so I have recordings, I have notes,” he told the “TODAY” show. “I am certainly and absolutely in every way comfortable with everything I’ve reported in this book.”
Wolff says in the introduction that many of the accounts “are in conflict with one another” and may be “badly untrue,” according to thehill.com. He goes on to say he “settled on a version of events” he thought were true.
Others, including CNN’s Brian Stelter, noted a string of flattering stories Wolff had written in The Hollywood Reporter about Trump in June 2016, five months before the election; and about top aides Steve Bannon two weeks after the election and Kellyanne Conway just after the inauguration.
“Wolff seems to have been warming up his sources for the book,” Stelter said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
Wolff conceded as much in the “TODAY” show interview.
“I certainly said what was ever necessary to get the story,” he replied when asked if he had flattered his way into the White House.
But he also fired back at Trump.
“My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on Earth at this point,” Wolff said.
The book set off a journalistic feeding frenzy when word of its contents surfaced Wednesday in The Guardian.
The book quotes aides by name describing Trump’s behavior as childlike and unbalanced. In one example, Bannon said the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between the president’s eldest son and a Russian lawyer was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Trump then lashed out at his former top aide, saying Bannon had “lost his mind.”
Bannon apologized on Sunday, saying Donald Jr. “is both a patriot and a good man.”
Wolff, 64, who has a reputation for arrogance, is a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and has written for numerous publications. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is his seventh book.
In reviewing Wolff’s 2008 book “The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch,” the late New York Times media columnist David Carr wrote:
“Historically, one of the problems with Wolff’s omniscience is that while he may know all, he gets some of it wrong.”