Fox News used to brand itself as “fair and balanced.” Nowadays that is as laughable as CNN calling itself “the most trusted name in news.”
President Trump called out the weekend anchors on Fox a few weeks ago for their blatantly anti-conservative schtick, which is virtually indistinguishable from the Fake News bias on CNN and MSNBC. He can definitely add “Fox News Sunday” and its host Chris Wallace to the list of those on Fox who are carrying water for the Democrats.
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From the opening seconds of Wallace’s interview with Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to President Trump, it was obvious that Wallace was happy to twist and distort the president’s words to pander to the Democrats’ smear against the president as a racist.
“Let’s talk about Obama and the birthers,” said Wallace. “You don’t think that questioning whether or not the president of the United States, the first black president, is an American, you don’t think that there’s a race quality to that?”
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Miller should have said that no one ever questioned whether Obama was an American, just whether he was a natural-born citizen and thus met the constitutional eligibility requirement to run for president. He probably didn’t bother because he assumed Wallace was unfamiliar with the Constitution — a safe bet with most liberals.
Miller did try to answer by explaining that questions had been raised about the eligibility of John McCain to run for president as well, and Wallace revealed the total sophistry of his own argument by responding that “there were never race questions about John McCain; there were questions about whether he was born in the Panama Canal or not. There was never a race question about John McCain.”
Say what? Obviously there was no “race question” about John McCain! And there was never any “race question” about Barack Obama either. McCain was white. Obama is black. Race played no role in either discussion. In both cases there were eligibility questions, not “race questions,” and for Chris Wallace to somehow miss the point shows what an ignorant moron he is — or more likely, what a useful idiot he is to promote the anti-American agenda of the progressive left.
Stephen Miller had his best performance ever on a Sunday morning talk show. He stood up to the bullying and hectoring Wallace with calm and even-handed common sense:
“I fundamentally disagree with the view that if you criticize somebody, and they happen to be a different color skin, that that makes it a racial criticism. … If you want to have a color-blind society that means you can criticize immigration policy, you can criticize people’s views, you can ask questions about where they were born and not have it be seen as racial.”
When Wallace detoured to the “Send her back” chant at Trump’s campaign rally, he followed the Democrat talking points that Trump let the chant go on for 13 seconds and didn’t disavow the chant immediately.
I watched the rally and as soon as the chant started, Trump walked away from the podium and essentially turned his back on the crowd. This is the same tactic he uses when his crowds chant “Lock her up” about Hillary Clinton. He recognizes the righteous anger of the American people that we are repeatedly belittled by the Socialist Democrats, and he doesn’t want to dismiss our anger, but at the same time he doesn’t want to feed it either. The following day he told reporters he didn’t like the chant and he specifically said he doesn’t want he supporters to do it again.
Not good enough for Fake News Chris Wallace, who harped on the same point for the next half hour. He also was unable to comprehend the difference between Trump’s criticism of anti-American politicians and the Squad’s vitriolic hatred of America.
Adding insult to injury, Wallace defended Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s calling America “garbage.” Using the most twisted logic imaginable, Wallace insisted that when AOC said “where we are [as a country] is not a good thing, and this idea of 10 percent better from garbage shouldn’t be what we settle for,” she really didn’t mean the country sucks.
Miller said it was impossible to read AOC’s quote in any way other than as an insult to America. “She’s saying that America right now, in her view, is garbage.
Wallace then tried another ambush of Miller by quoting Trump from 2014 when he said that “everything [Obama] touches turns to garbage” as it it were the word garbage that were the problem, not the use of the word to describe our country.
It was at this point that Miller specifically, although mildly, called out Wallace for his hostile pro-Democrat questioning:
“Throughout this interview, Chris, you are continuing to conflate Donald Trump’s criticism of President Obama versus AOC’s deep and systemic criticisms of the country itself. Let me just cut to the heart of the issue. These four congresswomen detest America as it exists, as it is currently constructed. They want to tear down the structure of our country. They want it to be a socialist open-borders country. If you, as Donald Trump says, want to destroy America with open borders, you cannot say you love this country.”
Wallace, of course, didn’t get it. A few minutes later, when Wallace started the “panel” part of his show, he tried to get all his guests to condemn Trump’s words against the Socialist Squad as morally “wrong.”
Asking Fox News political analyst Lisa Boothe for comment, he said:
“There was a lot of talk this week about whether or not this was politically smart, which it seems to me misses the real point — which is, was this wrong? Was it over the line to say ‘Go back where you came from.”
Boothe talked about the double standard that has been applied for years to the words of Democrats and Republicans and said that the accusation of racism has been weaponized by Democrats. This didn’t sit well with Wallace, who again asked Boothe to say it was wrong for the president to say “send them back to the country” from which they came.
Boothe could have said it was factually wrong, since three of the four women were born in America, but it was obvious that Wallace wanted her to make a moral judgment against the president. Boothe was having none of it:
“I’m a political analyst, Chris. It’s not my job to say it was wrong or not. Ask his White House and his campaign.”
Of course Chris Wallace doesn’t have to ask the White House because we already have Jim Acosta asking stupid questions at the White House. It’s not a particularly hard job, so Acosta can handle it all by himself.
Frank Miele writes from Kalispell, Montana, at www.HeartlandDiaryUSA.com and is a columnist at Real Clear Politics. To read more of my columns about the Dishonest Media, the Deep Swamp, the failed presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Trump’s war to restore American greatness, read my “Why We Needed Trump” trilogy or “The Media Matrix: What If Everything You Know Is Fake?”. They are available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions.
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