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Debate Moderator Chris Wallace: Not My Job to Be ‘Truth Squad’ If Candidates Lie

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace is getting some attention from media observers for his take on whether he has an obligation to call out candidates when they lie.

Wallace previewed the big task ahead of him with colleague Howard Kurtz on MediaBuzz yesterday. Kurtz asked him, “What do you do if they make assertions you know to be untrue?”

Wallace replied thusly:

“That’s not my job. I do not believe that it’s my job to be a truth squad. It’s up to the other person to catch them on that. I certainly am going to try to maintain some reasonable semblance of equal time. If one of them is filibustering, I’m going to try to break in respectfully and give the other person a chance to talk.”

He said people can fact-check the candidates after the debates, but it’s not his role to do it in real time.

Already Wallace has received a fair amount of criticism online for this position, with ThinkProgress’ Judd Legum saying Wallace would basically “allow lying.”

For the record, Wallace has had no problem calling out Clinton and Trump in one-on-one interviews.

Watch Wallace’s full sitdown with Kurtz above, via Fox News.

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