Fox News anchor Chris Wallace hit President Donald Trump hard on Wednesday night during remarks he made at the Newseum, calling Trump out for his constant attacks on the free press that are having a negative impact in America and around the globe.
Trump has frequently attacked journalists and the news, especially reports he doesn’t like, because he expects the press to act as his personal propaganda machine instead of the independent fourth estate that has served as a check on government since the ratification of the Constitution.
Even Wallace himself has been a constant target of Trump on Twitter, including in response to Wallace reporting on Trump’s Ukraine scandal.
Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019
Trump demanded a “favor” from Ukraine President Zelensky in the form of a sham investigation and dirt on former Vice-President Joe Biden in exchange for the release of military aid Trump was withholding to get something of political value he wanted. That, as Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified, is bribery.
Wallace, however, focused on Trump’s attack on the First Amendment.
“I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history,” Wallace said. “He has done everything he can to undercut the media, to try and delegitimize us, and I think his purpose is clear: to raise doubts when we report critically about him and his administration that we can be trusted. Back in 2017, he tweeted something that said far more about him than it did about us: ‘The fake news media is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people.’”
“Let’s be honest, the president’s attacks have done some damage,” he continued. “A Freedom Forum Institute poll, associated here with the Newseum, this year found that 29% of Americans, almost a third of all of us, think the first amendment goes too far. And 77%, three quarters, say that fake news is a serious threat to our democracy.”
Journalists around the world and in our own nation have been placed in danger of having violence committed against them or being wrongfully arrested and persecuted, all because of Trump’s rhetoric.
No doubt, Trump will launch a vicious attack on Wallace once he learns of his speech, thus demonstrating once again that he is not fit to hold office.
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