Even though Donald Trump has taken attacking the media to a whole other level, his rhetoric isn’t anything new. For decades Republicans have gone after the media, constantly whining about “liberal bias” because facts don’t tend to support their propaganda. As with most liars, con artists, and conspiracy theorists, when reality doesn’t support the nonsense they’re trying to sell, they simply attack those who are exposing them as frauds.
Though I’ve always found it rather interesting when people on Fox News push this idea that “the media is the enemy” — considering they’re part of the media. Furthermore, seeing as Fox News has consistently high ratings, they’re arguably the “top dog” among the so-called “mainstream media.”
Yet that hasn’t stopped many of the network’s on-air employees or commentators from frequently perpetuating the idea that any news they don’t like, no matter how factual, is “liberally biased” or “fake news.” Especially now that most of the network has morphed into a quasi state-run media platform for all things Donald Trump.
The network should really just rename itself “Trump News” and get it over with already.
While most of their employees have turned into nothing more than cheerleaders for Trump, Chris Wallace isn’t one of them. Along with Shep Smith, Wallace has been one of the few employees at Fox News who’s had the courage to call out Trump, his never-ending stream of lies, and the cowardly Republicans who refuse to stand up to him.
Well, during an interview with the Associated Press, Wallace made it clear that he’s not exactly thrilled with the onslaught of attacks by some of his colleagues on credible journalism and factual reporting simply because it doesn’t fit the agenda they’re trying to push:
It bothers me. If they want to say they like Trump, or that they’re upset with the Democrats, that’s fine. That’s opinion. That’s what they do for a living.
I don’t like them bashing the media, because oftentimes what they’re bashing is stuff that we on the news side are doing. I don’t think they recognize that they have a role at Fox News and we have a role at Fox News. I don’t know what’s in their head. I just think it’s bad form.
And he’s absolutely right.
While hacks like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson spend most of their time trying to undermine the credibility of the media, both seem to not understand that they’re literally attacking their own profession. While neither men are credible journalists — though they clearly try to present themselves as such — when they echo the “fake news” rhetoric and attacks on the media Trump spews on a daily basis, all they’re really doing is undercutting the work their own colleagues, such as Wallace and Smith, are doing.
Fox News has always been a bit of a joke. A “news” network that spent years calling itself “fair and balanced” even as any rational person could recognize that they were pandering to a conservative audience, aside from a handful of their employees on a few time slots throughout the day, they’ve now become a media arm for the Trump administration. From Fox & Friends in the morning, to Outnumbered and The Five in the afternoon, all the way to Carlson and Hannity at night, it’s ridiculous that people view this type of garbage as “news” when it’s nothing more than conservative entertainment and fan fiction.
I’m definitely not a fan of Fox News, but I do like Chris Wallace. I’ve always found him to be fair, honest, and credible. He’s one of the few true journalists on Fox News who should be taken seriously.