Fox News’ Chris Wallace characterized President Trump’s attacks on the press as a “tremendous threat” to our democracy, but also added some critique of the media for their bias against him.
Here’s the video of Wallace bashing both Trump and the press:
“President Trump is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on the free press in our history,” Wallace said in a video for the Washington Post. “Since early in the campaign, he has done everything he could to delegitimize the media — attacking us institutionally and individually.”
“And I think his purpose is clear,” he concluded. “A concerted campaign to raise doubts over whether we can be trusted when we report critically about his administration.”
Wallace also referred to the opinion of retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, who presided over the missions that captured Saddam Hussein, and killed Osama Bin Laden. He asked him about Trump calling the media an “enemy of the people.”
“Those threats brought us together,” McRaven responded. “Both the president and I swore an oath to the Constitution. And the First Amendment of that Constitution is freedom of the press. When the president says the media is the enemy of the people, to me that undermines the Constitution. So I do think it is a tremendous threat to our democracy.”
The media IS to blame, however
Wallace went on to present the other side of the argument – that the media really is biased against Trump and other Republicans. He presented examples of the mainstream media editorializing when trying to pass of unbiased reporting.
“I believe some of my colleagues,” he continued, “many of my colleagues — think this president has gone so far over the line bashing the media, that 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.”
“We are not players in the game,” he added. “We are umpires, or observers, trying to be objective witnesses to what is going on. That doesn’t mean we’re stenographers. If the president — or anyone we’re covering — says something untrue or does something questionable, we can and should report it.”
A warning for the media
“But we shouldn’t be drawn into becoming players on the field,” Wallace warned, “trying to match the people we cover in invective. It’s not our role. We’re not as good at it as they are. And we’re giving up our special place in our democracy.”
“There’s enough to report about this president that we don’t need to offer opinions or put our thumb on the scale,” he concluded.