Journalists have turned on Michael Wolff after the anti-Trump author continued to stoke baseless rumors that United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was having an affair with President Trump.
Wolf’s controversial book about the Trump administration, “Fire and Fury,” was once the hottest item among Washington journalists. Wolff kickstarted rumors about a Haley-Trump affair by saying he hid references to a Trump affair in his book. Haley forcefully denounced the rumors, but in another interview on Tuesday, Wolff doubled down and claimed she had “embraced” the smear.
Wolff’s insistence on stoking the Haley-Trump rumors appears to have been the last straw for many in the media.
Michael Wolff has no basis to spread rumors about Nikki Haley and Trump, but he doesn’t even seem to care. That’s not journalism. It’s just sleazy. https://t.co/CqIgliYY5M
— Christopher Rowland (@GlobeRowland) January 31, 2018
This is so vile. https://t.co/HO15arbNYP
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 31, 2018
— janu-erin (@morninggloria) January 31, 2018
Michael Wolff is a sleaze who sleazed his way into the good graces of sleazy people to write a sleazy book about a sleazy president.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) January 31, 2018
Michael Wolff is a scumbag. https://t.co/P1jZJ0kzeH
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) January 31, 2018
Michael Wolff is the Harry Reid of journalism
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) January 31, 2018
Why does anyone take Wolff seriously anymore? https://t.co/Q9XoWeIHLz
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) January 31, 2018
If you were wondering, “Is Michael Wolff capable of shame?” here is the answer. https://t.co/mLiOBob9qA
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 31, 2018
Members of the media had previously helped Wolff spread another baseless rumor: that President Trump is mentally ill. The White House doctor knocked down that conspiracy theory in a briefing two weeks ago. (RELATED: These Media Members Were Behind Conspiracy Theories About Trump’s Mental Health)