On May 20, I blogged about how Fox News host Chris Wallace sat casually and said nothing as 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg criticized Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.

Wallace moderated candidate Kirsten Gillibrand’s town hall on Sunday. He took a different direction when she tore into the network.

From Fox News (emphasis mine):

When asked by a retired pediatric nurse named Susan about her stance on late-term abortions, Gillibrand pivoted to an attack on Fox News.

Gillibrand accused Fox of fueling what she called the infanticide “red herring” by devoting 6.5 hours of coverage to the debate, including comments from guests on the network.

“What we have created, unfortunately, is a false choice and a false narrative,” Gillibrand said of the climate surrounding the issue. “And Chris, I want to talk about the role that Fox News plays in this because it’s a problem. I can tell you before President Trump gave his State of the Union, Fox News talked about infanticide.”

“Infanticide doesn’t exist,” she said, at which point “Fox News Sunday” host and town hall moderator Chris Wallace cut her off.

“Senator, I just want to say, we’ve brought you here for an hour,” Wallace said. “We’ve treated you very fairly. I understand that maybe to make your credentials with the Democrats who are not appearing on Fox News you want to attack us. I’m not sure it’s frankly very polite when we’ve invited you to be here.”

The interaction caused an awkward tension, which Gillibrand tried to break by telling Wallace she will attack Fox News “in a polite way.”

Wallace shot back that Gillibrand should answer Susan’s question.

First of all, Senator, infanticide does exist. Abortion ends the life of a baby. Second, like Wallace said, we all know you have talking points to appease Democrats, but answer the dang questions. You come on Fox News to reach an audience that obviously watches Fox News so remember your audience.

Gillibrand has not polled well since she announced her candidacy, mainly staying at 1%. She has not received the “65,000 individual donor campaign contributions necessary to qualify her for the late June and July primary debates and hoped to use her platform on Fox to bolster support.”

 
 
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