In a statement, her UK publisher said: “Virago stand by their author Naomi Wolf and the thesis of her book Outrages which is based on her Oxford PhD. With Naomi Wolf and her American publisher Houghton Mifflin we will make any necessary corrections.”
Wolf’s US publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said that while it employs “professional editors, copy editors, and proofreaders for each book project, we rely ultimately on authors for the integrity of their research and fact-checking.
“Despite this unfortunate error we believe the overall thesis of the book ‘Outrages’ still holds. We are discussing corrections with the author.”
It is not the first time claims by Wolf, a former adviser to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, have been ridiculed. In 2014, she sparked controversy after suggesting the Isis beheading videos “had been staged by the US government”. She added that it was possible the “victims and their parents were actors”. She later claimed she was not making “any assertions or drawing any conclusions”, merely stating that at that time “no one can” verify the videos’ authenticity.
She also claimed that sending American troops to Africa to stop the spread of Ebola was really an attempt to justify a military takeover of the region.