Author and journalist Michael Wolff ridiculed Brian Stelter on his own show on Sunday, telling the CNN correspondent that he is ‘full of sanctimony’ and calling him a ‘media hall monitor’ who believes he has a ‘monopoly on the truth.’
Wolff appeared on Stelter’s Reliable Sources to discuss the details of his newest book, ‘Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency’.
But he launched an attack on the media – and Stelter in particular – who he says take a holier-than-thou approach in covering issues related to the Trump presidency.
The exchange began when Stelter recalled how Wolff slammed the media and CNN during his last time on the show, four years ago, before publishing his first book, ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.’
The CNN host says, ‘You came on and you called me ridiculous and you bashed the media and then the next day Trump called you . . . is that how you got access, by coming on CNN and making fun of us? I’m just curious.’
Wolff says his agreement predated that appearance and that Trump often calls people after seeing them on television.
He adds, ‘But I don’t want you to think that what I said at that point was in any way inauthentic. I think the media has done a terrible job on this. I think you, yourself . . . well you’re a nice guy, you know, you’re full of sanctimony.
‘You become part of one of the parts of the problem of the media. You come on here and you have a . . . monopoly on truth.
‘You know exactly how things are supposed to be done. You know, you are one of the reasons why people can’t stand the media.’
Author and journalist Michael Wolff ridiculed Brian Stelter on his own show on Sunday and called the CNN host ‘full of sanctimony’
Wolff (pictured) appeared on Stelter’s Reliable Sources to discuss the details of his newest book, ‘Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency’
During the discussion, Wolff gave a rant about how the media – and Stelter (pictured) in particular – have a holier-than-thou approach to covering the news
Stelters bursts into laugher and says, ‘You’re cracking me up,’ before Wolff adds, ‘It’s your fault.’
The ‘Reliable Sources’ host asks Wolff what he should do differently and Wolff pauses before he says, ‘Don’t talk so much, listen more. People have genuine problems with the media. The media doesn’t get the story right. The media exists in its own bubble.’
Stelter agrees before Wolff continues, ‘That last segment that I just had to listen to of all the people saying the same old stuff. Also, you’re incredibly repetitive. It’s week after week. You’re the flip side of Donald Trump. It’s fake news and you say virtuous news.’
Stelter interrupts and says, ‘No, we just figure out what is real.’
Wolff says back, ‘Yeah, figuring out what is real is not so easy, Most people don’t want to turn to Brian Stelter to tell us what’s real. I’m sorry.’
Stelter starts laughing again and says, ‘Well, why’d you bother coming on CNN a few times this week?’
Wolff sighs and says, ‘You know, I’m a book salesman.’
After the exchange, Stelter tweeted a clip of it with the caption, ‘ ‘Reliable Sources’ at its most META: The guest gave an in-depth media critique of . . . me. Thanks for the conversation, @MichaelWolffNYC! Let’s not wait four years to do it again . . .’
He also shared one tweet by political journalist and CNN alumnus Chris Frates, who shared the exchange and wrote, ‘Folks on the right sharing this as a takedown of @brianstelter are missing the most important part of the exchange. After @MichaelWolffNYC tells Brian he’s part of the problem, Brian asks what he should do differently + then listened to the answer. That’s journalism.’
Stelter, 35, has hosted Reliable Sources since 2013. Before his tenure at CNN, he worked for The New York Times for about six years.
Wolff, 67, just published his third book about former President Donald Trump. The first was published in 2018 and titled, ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.’ The second was published in 2019 and called ‘Siege: Trump Under Fire.’ His latest book, ‘Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,’ will be released on July 27.