Chris Wallace

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Chris Wallace
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Born October 12, 1947
Chicago, Illinois
Political Party Democrat
Spouse Elizabeth Jane Farrell (div.)
Lorraine Smothers
Religion Jewish

Christopher “Chris” Wallace (born October 12, 1947 (age 73)) is a television journalist who currently works for the Fox News Channel as a political affairs correspondent and host of its signature weekly interview show Fox News Sunday.

Wallace moderated the first presidential debate in 2020 and interrupted President Trump 76 times, even repeatedly interrupting Trump during his 2-minute time slots to absurdly tell Trump that he was speaking during his time slot. In a biased way Wallace pursued Trump, while allowing Biden to completely avoid answering questions like whether he supported court packing.

Wallace previously worked for 15 years at ABC as senior correspondent for Primetime Thursday and as substitute host for Nightline. After working at ABC, Wallace served as host of the longest running television program ever, Meet the Press, and later as anchor of NBC ‘s Nightly News Sunday edition. In 2007 he served as moderator for the presidential primary debates shown on Fox, called, First in the South. Wallace has once been an outspoken critic of what he saw as a liberal bias in the mainstream media, stating at one point, "Fox News wouldn't exist if it weren't for this kind of stuff going on in the mainstream media….That's why people are fed up with that and want the antidote to it because they get it and they've gotten it for years - the so-called bias in the objective press.".[1] He is the son of the ambush-journalist Mike Wallace who was one of the hosts of Sixty Minutes since its inception on CBS.

In November 2010, Chris Wallace signed a multi-year extension to his contract with Fox News.[2] He is also a registered Democrat, though only supposedly so to enable himself to vote in the Washington D.C. primaries, as similar to Tucker Carlson.

Chris Wallace as a reporter for WBBM-TV, Chicago in August 1975.

Clinton Interview

Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

One of Wallace’s most well recognized broadcast moments occurred in 2006, when he interviewed former president, Bill Clinton. He questioned Clinton about his administrations attempt at killing terrorist leader, Osama Bin Laden. During the interview, Clinton lashed out at Fox News and the media for attacking his administration, and said to Wallace, “So you did Fox’s bidding on this show. You did your nice little conservative hit job on me.”[3] (See also: Fox Derangement Syndrome)

Increasingly liberal/anti-Trump viewpoints

Wallace has become increasingly anti-Trump in recent years. Breitbart noted in late September a few days prior to the first 2020 presidential debate fifteen times that he had went to criticize President Trump.[4] In mid-December 2019, Wallace said: "I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history."[5] Wallace has even attempted to cover for the cognitively dysfunctional and senile Joe Biden by falsely claiming that the latter supposedly opposes defunding the police.[6] He apparently believes that Kamala Harris is "not far to the left".[7] An article published by the Washington Examiner on July 17, 2020 used his bias in arguing against "fact-checking" at the 2020 presidential debates.[8]

In May 2019, Wallace made no direct reply when then-presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg attacked Fox News.[9]

Wallace has been criticized by conservative U.S. representative Debbie Lesko, who noted that he was "definitely biased".[10] He also faced criticism from Laura Ingraham after attacking Attorney General William Barr.[11] After lashing out against Townhall conservative commentator Katie Pavlich on-air over the Trump impeachment, Wallace was rebuked by his colleague Bret Baier.[12]

Liberal "news" outlets, such as The Daily Beast,[13] appeared to have favored Wallace. Others, such as the Arizona Republic, have insisted that "he's not the liberal hero you might think".[14]

Despite his blatantly biased viewpoints separated from reality, Wallace was chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates to "moderate" the first debate between President Trump and Joseph Robinette Biden over the 2020 general election.[15] The topics he chose exhibited liberal bias, as he excluded abortion, foreign policy and immigration from the list,[16] issues Trump has made extraordinary accomplishments on. Furthermore, he admitted while making an introduction that he alone had decided the topics/questions.[17]

During the presidential debate, Wallace at several moments exhibited unsurprising bias towards Trump, including at one point beginning to debate him rather than act as a moderator, and even bizarrely asked the president at another moment to tell his supporters to not riot.[17] At one point, Trump told Wallace: "I guess I'm debating you." Wallace faced criticism from both leftists[18] and some conservatives[19] afterwards for being unable to halt Trump throughout the debate. Sen. Ted Cruz said that he thought Wallace "did an abysmal job."[20]

Awards

Wallace has won many major journalism awards including three Emmy Awards, a Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton; which he won for his investigation of Ford Motor Company’s finance department; and a Peabody Award.[21]

External links

References

  1. https://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/10/16/80900.shtml
  2. TVNewsewer; Chris Wallace Reups With Fox News
  3. http://thinkprogress.org/clinton-interview
  4. 15 Times Chris Wallace Went After Trump
  5. Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Trashes Trump, Says President “Engaged in Most Direct Assault on Freedom of the Press in Our History”
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  8. Chris Wallace is why there can't be 'fact-checkers' at the 2020 Trump-Biden debates
  9. Nolte: Chris Wallace Silent as Buttigieg Trashes Fox News, Lies About GOP ‘Taking Away’ Health Care
  10. Rep. Debbie Lesko SLAMS FOX News Never-Trumper Chris Wallace: “This is Over the Top… What’s Up with This Guy?” (VIDEO)
  11. Laura Ingraham Torches Chris Wallace, Wants Him Gone From Fox News
  12. Multiple references:
  13. Chris Wallace Calls Out Fox Hosts for Seemingly Justifying Vigilante Violence: ‘I Don't Think That's Right!’
  14. Trump doesn't like Fox News' Chris Wallace. But he's not the liberal hero you might think
  15. Multiple references:
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  17. 17.0 17.1 First 2020 Presidential Debate: WATCH LIVE Pres. Trump, Joe Biden go head-to-head | ABC News
  18. Multiple references:
  19. Chris Wallace's debate performance met with swift blowback: 'This is a Get Trump fest'
  20. Cruz on Presidential Debate: ‘I Think Wallace Did an Abysmal Job — I Think He Was Whiny and Petulant’
  21. https://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,104584,00.html