Fox News’ Chris Wallace: Trump ‘Has a Point’ When He Complains About Media Bias
While accepting the International Center for Journalists Founder Award for Excellence in Journalism last night, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace called out President Donald Trump for attacking America’s free press. But he also said the president was onto something regarding his constant complaints about the unfair media.
“Let me be clear — whatever side you’re on in the debate over journalism these days — you’re not going to like some of what I have to say,” Wallace told the crowd, giving them fair warning of what was to come.
The longtime anchor went on to tear into the president.
“President Trump is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on a free press in our history,” Wallace stated. “Since early in the campaign, he has done everything he can to delegitimize the media, attacking us institutionally and individually.”
The Fox News host noted that Trump had tweeted about “fake news” over 140 times between January and the end of October and called the mainstream media the “enemy of the American people.” He added, “And that was precisely his point. If we report negatively about something he’s doing — we are hurting the country.”
After discussing the dangers of Trump’s media attacks for a bit longer, Wallace then shifted directions, pointing out that was “the easy part of what I want to say tonight.” This then led to Wallace somewhat siding with Trump’s declarations of media bias.
“There’s an old saying — ‘Even hypochondriacs sometimes get sick.’ And even if President Trump is trying to undermine the press for his own calculated reasons, when he talks about bias in the media — unfairness — I think he has a point,” Wallace said.
He would go on to list out examples of what he felt were instances of the mainstream media showing undue bias towards the president.
He continued, “I believe some of our colleagues — many of our colleagues — think this President has gone so far over the line bashing the media, it has given them an excuse to cross the line themselves, to push back. As tempting as that may be, I think it’s a big mistake.”
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