One problem: that same reporter overheard the profanity-laden conversation because they were connected without the Oz family realizing.
Olivia Nuzzi, a New York Magazine writer, released a profile of Dr Oz on Tuesday. Nuzzi’s profile began describing the challenges she encountered in trying to interview anybody she could from his campaign.
Due to the media reluctance of people on Oz’s team, Nuzzi decided to contact him directly, along with his wife.
Mrs Oz did pick up the phone call. But she hung up immediately. This prompted Nuzzi to call again to see if the hang-up was intentional, leading to a terse conversation.
It ended with Mrs Oz saying, “Have a nice day.” But crucially, the call wasn’t disconnected.
Nuzzi said that she “had mistakenly connected her device to what sounded like the sound system of a vehicle,” and she “remained on the line, hearing every word” of the couple’s conversation.
“She’s down at the office,” Dr. Oz allegedly said. “Your father called and said there’s a reporter from The New Yorker waiting for me down there who said she had an appointment … We?! We had an appointment to meet today!”
Mrs Oz then asked whether or not Nuzzi had “made up” the appointment to which Dr Oz allegedly responded with, “I think she made it up completely! ... It’s called being a liar.”
“This f****** girl reporter. This is the girl reporter who broke into some guy’s house and stole all his photo albums,” said Mrs Oz.
This comment was around an accusation made by ex-Trump aide Corey Lewandowski in retaliation to Nuzzi reporting on details of his alleged “obsession” with a White House official.