Fox News personality Chris Wallace isn’t known for being a fan of President Donald Trump, but even he has to admit that journalists by and large aren’t treating him fairly.
According to the Daily Caller, Wallace flipped from his usual stance on the president on Sunday when he called out members of the media for their apparent bias against the White House. “Fairness is kind of unusual” when it comes to journalists talking about Trump, the Fox anchor admitted to host Howard Kurtz on the latest episode of MediaBuzz.
“The minimum requirement”
Wallace, for his part, is known by many on the left as one of the few journalists who are willing to call the shots as he sees them when it comes to President Trump. Still, he concurred with Kurtz Sunday that a substantial portion of those in the media had “decided they would toss out the old rule book of standards and fairness because they deemed Donald Trump to be such a threat to the country,” the Daily Caller reported.
“I think it’s even worse than that,” Wallace complained, noting that he has received compliments “for being fair,” something he considers to be “fairly depressing.”
“It used to be that fairness was what kept you from getting fired,” Wallace said, according to the Daily Caller. “That was the minimum requirement for a reporter is that you’re fair.”
The Fox host went on: “Today, I think that it’s gotten so polarized whether it’s on cable news, whether it’s in newspapers, that fairness is kind of unusual and that is a terribly sad reflection on our business.”
“Balls and strikes”
Trump has indeed long complained about the treatment he receives from the press, which has at times led to him cutting news conferences short, as CNBC notes. But according to Wallace, that’s not all that surprising, considering the questions the president is often asked.
“Some of the press briefings…it’s more playing ‘gotcha’ or just trying to get in arguments and advance their point of view,” Wallace said Sunday, according to the Daily Caller.
He continued: “I think too many reporters have fallen into the role of being advocates — and, frankly, with this president, anti-Trump advocates — and we’ve got to be neutral.”
Wallace said it’s time for journalists to learn not to take sides and just report the facts.
“We’ve got to play it straight and call balls and strikes, whether it’s something the president does that’s good or of bad, whether it’s something that Joe Biden does that’s good or bad,” he said, according to the Daily Caller.
Only time will tell if his media colleagues get the memo.