Chris Wallace Issues Scathing Critique Of Trump’s Treatment Of The Press

Debate moderator Chris Wallace from Fox News takes part in the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat... Debate moderator Chris Wallace from Fox News takes part in the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump face off in their last presidential debate on October 19, with the Republican candidate spiraling downward amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a "rigged" US election. / AFP / POOL / joe raedle (Photo credit should read JOE RAEDLE/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Fox News host Chris Wallace didn’t mince words while blasting President Trump for his attacks against the press.

According to a Guardian report Wednesday night, the Fox News host delivered a scathing critique of the President’s treatment of the press during a farewell event to the Newseum, the journalism-focused museum in Washington.

“I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history,” Wallace said, which reportedly drew applause from attendees.

Citing a 2017 tweet in which Trump said that “the fake news media media is not my enemy” but that “it is the enemy of the American people,” Wallace argued that Trump “has done everything he can to undercut the media, to try and delegitimize us” and that his purpose is “to raise doubts when we report critically about him and his administration that we can be trusted.”

Wallace added that he agrees with retired admiral Bill McRaven who said that Trump’s attitude toward the press is maybe “the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime,” according to the Guardian.

“Let’s be honest, the president’s attacks have done some damage,” Wallace said, before citing a Freedom Forum Institute poll that found that 77 percent say that fake news is a serious threat to democracy.

Wallace also said that Trump’s behavior encourages members of the press to “cross the lines themselves,” which he argued is “a big mistake.”

“I think many of our colleagues see the President’s attacks, his constant bashing of the media as a rationale, as an excuse to cross the line themselves, to push back, and that is a big mistake,” Wallace said. “I see it all the time on the front page of major newspapers and the lead of the evening news: fact mixed with opinion, buzzwords like ‘bombshell’ and ‘scandal’. The animus of the reporter and the editor as plain to see as the headline.”

Read The Guardian’s report here.

Latest News

Notable Replies

  1. Wallace is throwing shade in the event that #45* is impeached Fox can claim “See? We were fair and balanced all along.”

  2. Avatar for dont dont says:

    I agree that fake news is a threat to our democracy. The sources of fake news are Fox, OAN, Limpdick, Insanity etc.

  3. Yes Mr. Wallace, Woodward and Bernstein were so unnecessarily unfair to Richard Nixon. They are to blame for all the bad media behavior since. Sigh . . . . The journalism gene skipped a generation on this one.

  4. I appreciate Wallace’s top-line message here and will toss him a chunk of respect for it, but for Christ’s sake is it a rule in his shop that if you say something that’s actually fair and balanced you have to toss in some shot at the libs to re-de-balance it if you can possibly manage? If you’re reading the words “scandal” and “bombshell” in the news it’s probably because the administration is so thoroughly corrupt and luridly awful that they’re very often the right words to use. This idea that thinking Trump did a bad thing is in itself evidence of disqualifying bias is pretty absurd, wingnuts, just saying.

  5. Chris, quit working for a Russian/Republican propaganda agency and maybe you’ll get some credibility back. Until then, you are just a foil.

Continue the discussion at

42 more replies


Avatar for steviedee111 Avatar for becca656 Avatar for losamigos Avatar for dont Avatar for callmeeric Avatar for sniffit Avatar for sickneffintired Avatar for tomanjeri Avatar for bonvivant Avatar for karlsgems Avatar for robcat2075 Avatar for twowolves Avatar for ronbyers Avatar for fiftygigs Avatar for milord Avatar for caltg Avatar for birdford Avatar for corncaucus2008 Avatar for spin Avatar for eyeball Avatar for moniker Avatar for dvdf1126 Avatar for emiliano4 Avatar for JorgeP

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: