Fox News host Chris Wallace may not be completely on board with Trump’s decision to strike back against liberal media, but he’s also admitting to the fact that liberal media are taking things one step too far.
On Thursday, Wallace was honored by the International Center for Journalists, which presented Wallace with its Founder Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Wallace has been working for Fox News, hosting the “Fox News Sunday” ever since 2003. Prior to that, he worked at ABC News for a decade an a half. Wallace also worked for NBC from 1982 through 1989 and was a moderator of “Meet the Press” from 1987 to 1988.
Wallace got the much-deserved honor due to his “tough but fair” interviews.
Wallace analyzed the situation between Trump and the media, pointing out to the obvious bias
“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 began.
Wallace explained how Trump called the media “fake news” a total of 140 times starting in January until October of this year, which made him persona non grata among liberal outlets.
“And that was precisely his point. If we report negatively about something he’s doing — we are hurting the country.”
He finished by stating this was “the easy part of what I want to say tonight.”
He then explained how the media were picking a fight with Trump.
“There’s an old saying — ‘Even hypochondriacs sometimes get sick.’” Wallace added. “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 pointed out that many of his 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 far as objectivity is concerned, Wallace noted it was hugely lacking in media.
“That doesn’t mean we’re stenographers. If the president or anyone we’re covering says something untrue or does something clearly over the line, we can and should report that,” Wallace said.
“But we shouldn’t be drawn into becoming players on the field, trying to match the people we cover in invective,” he added. “It’s not our role. We’re not as good at it as they are.”
Wallace emphasized that although the media have become politicized, it shouldn’t be the case.
“And we’re giving up our special place in our democracy,” he said. “There’s enough to report about this president that we don’t need to offer opinions or put our thumb on the scale.”
“Be as straight and accurate and dispassionate as we first learned to be as reporters.”
Take a look at his acceptance video below: