The author and historian Conrad Black commented recently that this election is about the media.
Last night’s debate confirmed it.
Chris Wallace wasn’t a moderator. He was a participant. His ego and bias got on stage and pranced around in flamboyant display. Talk about a circus! Whenever Biden was in danger of falling on his face, Wallace threw him a trapeze.
At his first question, about the Supreme Court, Biden wandered into health care and the Affordable Care Act. Wallace let him do it and everything was derailed after that.
Wallace, the “moderator,” took up for Joe Biden at every opportunity. He ran interference for him. Whenever Joe couldn’t answer a question or came up with a lame answer, Wallace jumped in to stop him by going after Trump. How many times did he say “it’s time to move on” when Trump was speaking? By one person’s count Wallace interrupted Trump 76 times, Biden 15.
Not only that; all the questions were framed from a liberal slant. He contorted, flexed and muscled to help ole Joe. For instance, the Supreme Court and the quality of its justices became a question of Trump’s right to appoint one and whether his choice would stop abortions. Tellingly, Wallace never got an answer from Biden about the Democrats’ desire to pack the court. He didn’t press him and Biden skated through.
The issue of energy got subsumed into global warming. Wallace takes for granted that it is true, although science doesn’t all support that. Education? It only popped up in regard to Covid 19. Race relations was seen through the Charlottesville fine people hoax and riots. Wallace flatly said that white supremacists have been guilty of the riots and when Trump denied it, kept insisting on it. Critical race theory became racial sensitivity training, something it definitely is not. Immigration and the wall? Untouched.
Wallace chose to skip the topic of foreign policy, too. The Middle East and China didn’t warrant a question. Since Trump is triumphing in the Middle East and in corralling China, Chrissy didn’t go there.
I was monitoring Twitter and noticed that Fox News people and former Fox News people really panned Wallace. Dan Bongino, Brian Kilmeade, Andy McCarthy, Bill O’Reilly, Tod Starnes, Greg Kelly, John Gibson, even Megyn Kelly found Wallace maddening.
Here’s a sample:
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade even noted the discrepancy and called it out on social media, writing: “Why is @JoeBiden allowed to interrupt? @realDonaldTrump is not.”
Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy wrote: “I love Chris Wallace, but he should get out of the way.”
McCarthy added: “Biden doesn’t support the Green New Deal. Oh, Wallace got that out of him? No, Trump did. Oh, well, did Wallace clarify what’s parts of Green New Deal Biden is against? No, needed to move on …”
McCarthy added: “Chris Wallace jumps in a second time when Biden having trouble with Trump’s questioning.”
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said that it was “not good” when Wallace reportedly laughed with Biden.
That was not good
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) September 30, 2020
Bill O’Reilly, who used to be a colleague of Wallace’s, wrote on Twitter: “Good line from Trump—he tells Chris Wallace he’s debating him, not Joe.”
O’Reilly added: “Chris Wallace doesn’t have the facts at his command about the Ukraine payments made to Biden’s son that Trump brought up. Big mistake by Mr. Wallace.”
At times, I found myself asking why Chris didn’t go ahead and fully answer for Biden.
Had Trump called Biden a clown, or told him to shut up or said he was the worst president in the history of our country, Wallace would have called him on the carpet. He let Biden do all that.
Wallace covered for Hunter Biden. If I recall, he said that was not true, debunked. He also left unchallenged Biden’s lie about manufacturing going down after Trump took office.
Biden didn’t look healthy. His skin looked splotchy. He looked frail and weak. Trump on the other hand had all the energy of a nuclear bomb.
Biden used his life long technique of relying on cliches. He tried to appeal to the heartstrings. When the topic came to Covid he unabashedly asked how many families now had an empty seat at the family table because a loved one had died from covid. In a population of 350 million, 200,000 deaths is teeny. Maudlin in the least.
Wallace, a media elitist if ever there was one, wanted to use his power to help Biden and harm Trump. That’s why this is a titanic battle between media and the people. They are used to being able to sway the populace and not be called on it. Trump came along and changed all that. The media know that if he wins, it will be their death knell.
Wallace laid this bare with his coverage last night. He was willing to throw out all integrity to damage Trump.
It’s all about control. Ever since Woodward and Bernstein brought down Nixon, reporters have wanted to do that. Wallace does, too. Did he succeed?