Chris Wallace Notes His Own Panel on DNC’s Fox Ban is Loaded With Fox/Murdoch People
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace began a segment on the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) decision to ban Fox News from hosting debates by noting that only one of his own panelists did not have “ties either to Fox News or to the Murdochs.”
On this week’s edition of Fox News Sunday, Wallace played a clip of DNC Chairman Tom Perez explaining why the Democrats have decided not to allow Fox News to host any primary debates. He then turned to his panel, which consisted of Axios‘ Jonathan Swan, Fox News contributors Juan Williams and Newt Gingrich, and The Wall Street Journal‘s Shelby Holliday.
Addressing Swan, Wallace pointed out that almost every member of the panel depends on the Murdochs for a paycheck.
“As I was preparing for this panel, Jonathan, I realize you were the only one here who has no ties either to Fox News or to to the Murdochs, so I’m going to let you start,” Wallace noted.
Swan said it was “disingenuous” for Perez to blame the recent New Yorker piece that detailed the Trump administration’s close ties with Fox News, and called the move “a political decision that he made to satisfy his activists.”
Williams then rattled off a list of “real journalists” at Fox News that included Wallace (“not because you’re my friend”) and former Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.
“Those are real people who I think would conduct a fair debate,” Williams said. “Newt Gingrich is sitting here with me. Newt Gingrich and I have been in a Fox debate and he has attacked me and I’ve gone at him. I think that you can do this, but keep in mind Fox is the most-watched cable channel.”
Gingrich then called the DNC’s decision a “major mistake,” but then in the same breath, falsely claimed that Perez said Democrats “are afraid to be on Fox.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News Channel.
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