“Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace declared that “truth is truth” however dodged any criticism of his employer — and his colleague, conspiracy peddler Tucker Carlson — in an interview with the Financial Times revealed Friday.
Truth is “non-negotiable,” he informed FT. “There’s no spin to truth. Truth is truth.”
Wallace, the newspaper famous, isn’t a typical Fox media persona. He’s “cut from different cloth;” for “starters, he’s a journalist and not a ranting commentator … and he’s known for putting tough questions to politicians whatever their political stripe.”
But Wallace fastidiously averted taking any photographs at Carlson, although the 2 males have shared opposing views on COVID-19 precautions.
Wallace final yr informed The Washington Post that he was “pissed off” when then-President Donald Trump’s household eliminated their masks — ignoring preestablished rules — once they arrived on the presidential debates in Cleveland, the place Wallace was the moderator.
“I mean, did they think that the rules that applied to everybody else didn’t apply to them? I was upset when it turned out I’d been on the stage in a uniquely vulnerable position, and we found out 48 hours after the fact that the president [and the first lady] had tested positive for the coronavirus,” he informed the Post.
“Wear the damn mask,” Wallace later informed his viewers. “Follow the science. If I could say one thing to all of the people out there watching: Forget the politics. This is a public safety health issue.”
Carlson, then again, ignores the science, dismisses the efficacy of masks and vaccines, and has even urged viewers to “call the police” to report “abuse” once they see kids sporting masks outdoor.
Wallace refused to debate Carlson when pressed within the interview.
“I am only responsible for and only have control over my piece of real estate,” he mentioned. “I’m proud of what we do . . . I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to my audience and to the truth.”
As for criticizing Fox News extra broadly, Wallace in contrast his scenario to the time he requested William Casey, then head of Ronald Reagan’s presidential marketing campaign, about one thing controversial. Casey responded: “Why on earth would I answer that question?” Wallace recalled.
Fox News “has employed me for 18 years,” Wallace informed the FT. “They’ve never interfered with a question, with a guest I’ve brought on, or a question I’ve asked. They have changed my life. They’ve changed my career. So to paraphrase William Casey: ‘Why on earth would I share any concerns I have about Fox News with the readers of the Financial Times?’”
Check out the full interview right here.