A prominent reporter featured in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” has demanded the author strike his name from future editions of the tawdry book, saying it “must be fun to write” whatever you want with “zero fact-checking.”
Jonathan Swan, a reporter for Axios who was mentioned in the book’s acknowledgements, blasted Wolff on social media Wednesday; telling the tabloid author that he had “no idea why you put me in your author acknowledgments.”
“Hey @MichaelWolffNYC: it must be fun to write and say whatever you want under the banner of “non-fiction,” with zero fact-checking or basic decency. I have no idea why you put me in your author acknowledgments but please remove my name for the next edition,” he tweeted.
Hey @MichaelWolffNYC: it must be fun to write and say whatever you want under the banner of “non-fiction,” with zero fact-checking or basic decency. I have no idea why you put me in your author acknowledgments but please remove my name for the next edition. https://t.co/fNkqff4IeY
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) January 31, 2018
Swan becomes the latest reporter to distance themselves from Wolff’s incendiary book.
Upon its release, even liberal journalists from the New York Times and CNN disputed multiple claims throughout “Fire and Fury,” saying specific conversations simply didn’t happen.
CRYING WOLFF: NY TIMES Reporter Says ‘Fire and Fury’ FACTUALLY WRONG
Even liberal journalists are beginning to question the veracity of claims made by “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff; with prominent New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman saying there are multiple “parts that are factually wrong.”
Haberman was speaking with CNN when she suddenly admitted that she could “see several places in the book that are wrong,” adding that Wolff “inaccurately describes a report” from her own newspaper.
“I believe parts of it, and then there are other parts of it that are factually wrong,” she told CNN. “I can see several places in the book that are wrong… So, for instance, he inaccurately describes a report in the New York Times. He inaccurately characterizes a couple of incidents that took place early on in the administration. He gets basic details wrong.”
When it comes to Michael Wolff's new book about Trump, NYT's Maggie Haberman says, "I believe parts of it and then there are other parts that are factually wrong." https://t.co/Wb2cFM3QvQ
— New Day (@NewDay) January 5, 2018
Wolff’s latest exposé, titled “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” came under fire from liberals and conservatives this week, following multiple reports of inaccuracies and flat out falsehoods.
The book’s prologue itself admits that many aspects of the book are “badly untrue.”
“Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue,” Wolff writes.
BANNON BACKTRACKS: Former Trump Aide 'REGRETS' Donald Jr. Comments
Former White House official Steve Bannon expressed his “regret” over allegedly calling Donald Trump, Jr. “unpatriotic” and “treasonous” in a recent tabloid exposé; saying the President’s eldest son is “both a patriot and a good man.”
Bannon released an official statement to Axios after comments attributed to him were published in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” adding his “support is unwavering for the President and his agenda.”
“Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man,” writes Bannon. “He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around […] My comments about the meeting with Russian nationals came from my life experiences as a Naval officer stationed aboard a destroyer whose main mission was to hunt Soviet submarines.”
“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate,” he added. “He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.”
Steve Bannon made national headlines earlier this month after excerpts from “Fire and Fury” made their way to the press.
The President immediately called-out Bannon for his hypocrisy, saying that when he lost his job at the White House “he also lost his mind.”