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‘It’s a Big Story’: Chris Wallace Rebuts Fox Host’s Complaints About Comey Firing ‘Hysteria’

Last week, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace absolutely tore into President Donald Trump and the White House over the way they’ve handled the aftermath of FBI Director James Comey’s firing. He explained that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s “non-denial denial” on whether or not Trump is recording conversations in the Oval Office took his breath away. He also assailed Trump for destroying the credibility of his administration.

With that in mind, it makes you wonder why Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth thought Wallace would agree with his belief that the media has gone overboard with its coverage and reaction to the Comey news.

With Wallace appearing this morning on the program ahead of his Fox News Sunday broadcast, Hegseth stated that he could understand Trump’s frustration with coverage of him because “it’s been about Russian collusion from the beginning.” He then added that Trump’s critics are trying to make him look illegitimate while claiming that five days after Comey’s firing “the media is still chomping at the bit of hysteria.”

After a series of clips were played showing purported examples of over-the-top media reactions — some of which were from partisan lawmakers — Wallace noted that while some of what was shown was “overblown,” he took exception to Hegseth’s description of hysteria.

“This is a big story,” Wallace noted. “The fact that we’re continuing to talk about it a week later. This is the first time in history that a president has fired an FBI director who was conducting an investigation that was directly investigating him and his associates.”

He added, “It’s a big story and I think it’s a legitimate story to cover.”

Fox News has devoted a decent amount of airtime these past few days to criticizing the rest of the media’s coverage of the Comey firing. Outnumbered took issue with the networks connecting it to a Russian “conspiracy theory” while hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity have also railed against the media’s Russia fascination.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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