Fox News anchor Chris Wallace tries to portray himself as being above political bias. However, on Friday he angered Donald Trump supporters and Republicans by railing against the president’s base.
Wallace called out Republicans who are dismissing the whistleblower report that has fueled an impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Referring to the impeachment inquiry, host Sandra Smith asked Wallace, “Did it change anything?”
Chris Wallace: “That is very, deeply troubling…they didn’t go to the NYT, they didn’t go to MSNBC…to call them spies and to suggest that perhaps we should… [in effect] execute them really seems to me to strike at the very heart of what whistleblowers are all about.” 3/ pic.twitter.com/MWtjsUStHH
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Wallace responded, “Oh, I think it’s changed quite a lot, Sandra. And the spinning that has been done by the president’s defenders over the last 24 hours since this very damaging whistleblower complaint came out, the spinning is not surprising, but it is astonishing, and I think deeply misleading.”
Wallace was clearly referring to some of his colleagues at Fox, who have gone out of their way to defend the president. One such host is Kennedy, who hosts Kennedy on the Fox Business Network, who angered liberals by saying quid pro quo isn’t “necessarily illegal.” Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity have also staunchly defended the president amid the new accusations.
Wallace spent airtime describing why the whistleblower complaint appears credible, and praised the individual for revealing the information. Smith, trying to push back on Wallace, pointed out “major inconsistencies” and pointed out there was no direct quid pro quo in the phone call.
Wallace asked “You don’t think that dirt on Joe Biden and Joe Biden’s son is a thing of value?” Sandra tried to respond, but Wallace kept going. “You asked me a question, let me answer it, Sandra.” Wallace said he doesn’t necessarily believe there is a “hot solid case” for the president to be impeached, “but what is clear from reading the complaint is that it is a serious allegation. … lot of it has proven to be borne out already.”
He continued, “To dismiss this as a political hack seems to be to be an effort by the president’s defenders to make nothing out of something, and there is something here. For all of the efforts of a lot of people defending the president to pretend this is nothing, it’s not nothing. It’s something.”
Smith then quoted Trump, who called those who helped the whistleblower “close to spies.”
Wallace butted in, “Can I say something about that? That is very, deeply troubling. These are people inside an administration that are saying that something was going on that they were very, deeply troubled by. To call them spies and to suggest that perhaps we should deal with them the way we’ve dealt with other people, with treason, which is in effect to execute them, really seems to be to strike at the very heart of what whistleblowers are all about.”