Michael Wolff has defended his reporting in his latest book about Fox News and the Murdoch media empire, while responding to critics in an interview with Mediaite.
Wolff argued that everything he published was “100 percent” true, adding that the book, published on Tuesday, September 26, is his “version of the experience, what he knows and what people have told him.”
‘This is the story through my eyes. There will be other stories and other accounts and other books,” he said.
“What I was trying to convey is not the public story, not the story for public consumption, but the private story.”
Wolff’s book “The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty” claims to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at how the company handled the Dominion libel case, post-election clashes with Donald Trump, the firing of Carlson and Murdoch family drama.
Wolff is best known for Fire and Fury, his story about the Trump administration.
Michael Wolff has defended his reporting in his latest book about Fox News and the Murdoch media empire, while responding to critics in an interview with Mediaite
When asked if Wolff had gone to Fox for a “fact check,” he responded that he had not done so on purpose to avoid negotiating with the $14.12 billion company.
“Fox said I didn’t call them for a fact check, and they’re absolutely right,” he responded in the interview with Mediaite.
“I didn’t call Fox’s PR people for a fact check because that just means you’re putting yourself in a position to negotiate with them.”
Wolff argued that everything he published was “100 percent” true, adding that the book (pictured), published on September 26, is his “version of the experience, what he knows and what people have told him.”
He added that he “didn’t want to negotiate the truth.”
“So many journalists are actually in that position of having to talk to the PR people at Fox and being harassed and threatened by them,” he claimed.
However, Wolff claims he did contact “every major character” in the book, but a source at Fox claimed to Mediaite that he did not contact Sean Hannity or Laura Ingraham.
A spokesperson for Fox News said, “The fact that this author’s books were spoofed by Saturday Night Live is really all we need to know.”
The salacious details in Wolff’s book have been hotly contested, with the Daily Beast going so far as to say that the book contains “absurd anecdotes that occasionally test credulity.”
Mediaite investigated Wolff for one such claim in the book, namely that Tucker Carlson was fired as an undisclosed condition of the $787 million settlement between Fox News and Dominion.
However, the outlet noted that Carlson was not a major figure in the Dominion case, with both Fox News and Dominion denying that this was the reason the inflammatory commentator was ousted.
Wolff’s book “The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty” claims to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at how the company handled the Dominion libel case, post-election clashes with Donald Trump, the firing of Carlson and Murdoch (photo) family drama
A Fox News spokesperson said, “The fact that the books are by this Saturday Night Live author is really all we need to know.”
“For Dominion it’s like, ‘We really want this money and we really want to get more and Hannity isn’t enough. Okay, they offer Tucker okay, $787 million, yeah, we’ll take that,” Wolff said in the interview while standing by his reporting.
“So think about it in the context of what was appropriate for everyone’s needs at the time, and remember that the primary needs here are money.”
Another aspect of the book that has already been disputed concerns the fact that Carlson and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis allegedly pushed and possibly kicked Carlson’s dog.
Wolff, best known for Fire and Fury, his story about the Trump administration
Both Carlson and DeSantis have denied this claim.
‘Maybe he exaggerated. Maybe he lied. Don’t know. Maybe he regrets saying that. I have no idea,” Wolff said when asked about Carlson’s denial.
DailyMail.com has contacted Carlson and Wolff for comment.
In a review of the New York Timesit was pointed out that Wolff ‘almost entirely avoids describing where his reporting comes from.’
“Instead, claims of fact and judgments of character emerge from a hazy collective consciousness.
“Lachlan Murdoch is a ‘chuckle,’ his brother James is a ‘hothead,’ Laura Ingraham is a ‘drunk,’ Sean Hannity is ‘an idiot.’ Who says that?’ the publication mused.
When asked about his origins, specifically pointing to Ingraham’s alleged drinking and a scene describing a former Fox News host wearing a revealing outfit to Roger Aile’s funeral, Wolff again backed up his claims.
“I state here what I believe to be the irrefutable truth,” Wolff said.
‘That is based on information that comes from people I trust, who I have dealt with before and who I know well. Or based, speaking of revealing outfits, on what I might have.”