It’s his fault people hate the media, apparently.
Author Michael Wolff slammed CNN host Brian Stelter on live air during Sunday’s broadcast of “Reliable Sources,” telling Stelter that he was a major part of the problem in the news media.
The segment was supposed to be about a new Trump book from Wolff but it quickly developed into a combative interview with Wolff repeatedly appearing to get the upper hand during arguments.
The first combative exchange happened early during the interview when Stelter appeared to take the side of Fox News in their statement about parts of Wolff’s book not being accurate. Wolff quickly pointed out how Stelter’s show is largely dedicated to attacking Fox News and their credibility.
A few minutes later in the interview, Stelter suggested that the way that Wolff got access to the Trump White House was he came on CNN and bashed the network, which got Trump’s attention.
“But maybe that’s how it works sometimes, huh?” Stelter asked. “Is that how it works? That’s how you got access?”
“I think the media has done a terrible job on this, I think you yourself, um, you know, while you’re a nice guy, you know, you’re full of sanctimony,” Wolff responded. “Um, you know, you become part of, one of the parts of the problem of the media. You know, you come on here, and you have a um, um, ugh, you know, a monopoly on truth, you know, you know exactly how things are supposed to be done. You know, you are why one of the reasons people can’t stand the media, I’m sorry.”
“You’re cracking me up,” Stelter remarked.
“It’s your fault,” Wolff responded. “You know, don’t talk so much, listen more. You know, people have genuine problems with the media, the media doesn’t get the story right. The media exists in its own bubble.”
“Also, you’re incredibly repetitive. It’s week after week,” Wolff continued. “I mean, you’re the flip side of Donald Trump. You know, fake news and you say virtuous news.”
“No, we’re just figuring out what is real,” Stelter claimed.
“Well, figuring out what is real is not so easy and you know most people don’t want turn to Brian Stelter to tell us what’s real, I’m sorry,” Wolff responded.
“Well, then why did you bother coming on CNN a few times this week?” Stelter asked.
“You know, I’m a book salesman,” Wolff responded.