Can you imagine an interviewer on another network not pushing back if a presidential candidate attacked the network?
Fox News host Chris Wallace moderated a town hall with Democrat presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday night.
One part caught people’s attention because despite appearing on the network, Buttigieg went after two popular opinion hosts and received no pushback from Wallace.
During Sunday’s New Hampshire town hall, Mean Little Mayor Pete trashed Wallace’s Fox News colleagues — two of the network’s biggest stars (Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham ) directly to Wallace’s face and Wallace said nothing in their defense:
You know, a lot of folks in my Party were critical of me for even going this with Fox News … and I get that, especially when you see what’s going on with some of the opinion hoists on this network. I mean, you got Tucker Carlson saying immigrants make America dirty; when you’ve got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps — summer camps….
Then Buttigieg went on to trash the entire network when he said, “There is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem.”
Buttigieg tried to save face by differentiating between the network and viewers:
Still, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said he thinks that many people who tune in to the network are doing so in good faith and that he wants to be willing to meet voters wherever they are.
“There are a lot of Americans who my party can’t blame if they are ignoring our message, because they will never hear it if we don’t go on [Fox] and talk about it,” Buttigieg said Sunday.
My problem with this lies with Wallace since he said, “All right mayor, we got to take a break here.”
After the break, Wallace did not stick up for his colleagues. As a moderator, I didn’t expect Wallace to go on a rampage, but I expected some follow-up questions or a hint that he wanted to stick by his colleagues. He could have at least clarified Carlson’s comments.
Carlson came under fire in December 2018 when he went off on immigration:
“Our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this,” he said. “We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided. Immigration is a form of atonement. Previous leaders of our country committed sins; we must pay for those sins by welcoming an endless chain of migrant caravans. That’s the argument they make.”
Carlson then railed against both Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who is set to be the next speaker of the House, and Paul Ryan, the outgoing speaker.
“Somehow the immigration-as-atonement idea has become the official position of virtually every guilty liberal in the United States,” the Fox host said. “Our tech overlords, the ones always lecturing you, corporate America, Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan—they all believe this, and anyone who disagees with them is denounced as a bigot and fired.”
Advertisers fled the show, which caused Carlson to lash out at them. He claimed his opponents mischaracterized his comments. Alan Dershowitz brought up the remarks in an unrelated segment, which allowed Carlson to clarify the remarks:
Dershowitz added, “I wish you hadn’t used that language. Language like that was used to describe my grandparents and great-grandparents and probably some of yours. So let’s move on.”
“Actually, just in point of fact since you brought it up,” Carlson responded, clarifying his position by repeating the context of the original comments.
“That was in context of a conversation with an elected official in Tijuana about the filth of his city, and he was complaining about how dirty it had become which was a byproduct of the policy decisions pushed by the American left. And I noted there is a lesson there perhaps for us. I would never describe people as inherently dirty. I don’t think they are, I’m pro-people. That’s why I’m against abortion. Strongly.”
The media, and Buttigieg, completely ignored Carlson’s interview with Tijuana official Gernaro Lopez Moreno. He said that the people in the caravan that came into Tijuana have left the natives frustrated because they left a lot of trash around the city along with a huge spike in crime from the migrants from Honduras.DONATE
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