Chris Wallace: CNN Stood With Us When Obama Targeted Fox, But Jim Acosta Makes Solidarity ‘Awfully Hard’
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace was slammed, Wednesday, by CNN vice president of communications Matt Dornic for calling CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta‘s conduct at an East Room news conference “embarrassing.” But in the face of that rebuke from a CNN executive, as well as the White House pulling Acosta’s credential, Wallace is doubling down.
Appearing on The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, Wallace reiterated his critique of Acosta following his clash with President Donald Trump.
“I think he embarrassed himself,” Wallace said. “First of all, it was more of an argument than it was a question. He was disrespectful to his colleagues in asking repeated questions and, thereby, making it harder for them to get in a question. Then the President of the United States told him to sit down, and he refused, and he kept talking.”
Host Dana Perino added, “I do know a lot of Jim Acosta’s colleagues are very frustrated with him.”
Neither Wallace nor Perino made mention of the apparently doctored video posted by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to justify pulling Acosta’s credentials — a video which depicted physical contact between Acosta and a White House intern who attempted to pull the microphone away from the CNN reporter as he questioned the president.
Wallace did offer a lukewarm defense of Acosta on that front, stating he should not have his credential pulled. But he stated that Acosta makes press solidarity — which Fox News president Jay Wallace expressed following the last incident of the White House denying access to a CNN reporter in July — difficult.
“Look, Barack Obama, in effect, declared war on Fox News at one point,” Wallace recalled. “And interestingly enough, under a different CNN regime, CNN stood with us, and said, ‘Look, if you’re going to try to freeze Fox out, we’re not gonna participate in certain pool events either.’ We do have to stick together. But I gotta say, Jim Acosta makes it awfully hard to have journalistic solidarity on something like this.”
Wallace ended with a question: “What do the bosses at CNN see as their mission? In this particular case is it to cover the news, or is it to make a scene?”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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