On Thursday, Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff appeared on MSNBC yet again, this time to discuss his implication that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was having an affair with President Trump. When asked about that implication, Wolff suggested that Haley’s rejection of the rumor somehow underscored its truth. He then stated that he hadn’t named Haley. “I didn’t go after her,” Wolff said, “but what I found puzzling was that she would deny something she wasn’t accused of.”
And Mika Brzezinski threw him off the set:
Brzezinski stated, “Do you regret inferring anything about Nikki Haley?”
Wolff answered, “Many of the people around the president believe she is still involved with President Trump…That was about her meaning to become the Secretary of State.” Brzezinski said, “You’re slurring a woman. It’s disgraceful.” Wolff answered, “She’s been accused of nothing…Certainly I didn’t accuse her of anything.”
This is untrue. Wolff stated on Bill Maher’s show that Trump was having an affair, and then pointed to a paragraph of his book in which he stated, “The president had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a national political future.”
“This is awkward,” Brzezinski shot back, “you’re on the set with us. I’m sorry, but you’re done.”
So why in the world did MSNBC and Brzezinski push Fire and Fury in the first place? Why did they go along with Wolff’s rumormongering? Why didn’t they toss him off the set when he arrived with his latest batch of steaming rumors? Remember, Brzezinski said just weeks ago that the “spirit” of the book was “true.”
The answer: the media thought Wolff’s nonsense was too good to check. Now it’s been checked, and it’s been found wanting.
Wolff, by the way, has now shot back on Twitter:
What a stellar fellow.