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Lesson Learned? Chris Wallace Defends Fox News After Gillibrand Tears Into Network

Lesson Learned? Chris Wallace Defends Fox News After Gillibrand Tears Into Network

“Senator, I just want to say, we’ve brought you here for an hour. We’ve treated you very fairly…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKCphuWksLA

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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Comments

GeorgeCrosley | June 3, 2019 at 11:07 am

More media exposure does no favors to Gillibrand because she is obviously dumb.

If the shoe were on the other foot (which it never will be), CNN et al. would cut the microphone faster than you could say Bob’s your triggered Uncle.

They’re all dumber than fence posts, including the “moderator”.

    bw222 in reply to Barry. | June 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    We all know how Chris Wallace got where he did. The same way Chris Cuomo and Joe Buck did – riding daddy’s coattails.

    bw222 in reply to Barry. | June 3, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Question: who is running the worst campaign – Gillibrand or Beto?

Mark Michael | June 3, 2019 at 11:53 am

The applause Gillibrand got after her speech supporting abortion was relatively tepid. A lot of people didn’t clap. The question was “What is your position on late-term or third trimester abortion?” if I heard the older lady correctly. With modern medicine, fetuses that are 6 months along, nearly always are viable (maybe if there’s some problem – but that’s no more than 1% or 2% of pregnancies). The “third trimester” covers the period from 6 to 9 months! For me, that qualifies as infanticide.

I don’t think Sen. Gillibrand has a low IQ; I think she’s a rank opportunist who doesn’t have a personal moral commitment for something as basic as human life. [“You shall not kill” – Fifth Commandment of the 2nd Table of the Law: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” A viable unborn baby of 6 to 9 months qualifies as your neighbor imho.]

Imho she’s playing the very short-term political survival card just trying to make the June 2019 debate field.

For me, I now know I’ll never vote for her if (for some reason) I move to NY state, or if she attains the Dem Party prez nomination.

Hmm. I wonder how many of the other 20+ Dem candidates for president would aggressively support 3rd trimester abortion?

How many would explicitly say, “I only support abortion for mothers whose unborn babies have not reached viability, which I put at 12 [or, perhaps 16] weeks.” My guess: not a single one of them.

Comanche Voter | June 3, 2019 at 11:56 am

I have a very liberal nephew who used to come to Thanksgiving dinners at my home. Dumb little twerp grew up in San Francisco so I should cut him some slack. If it’s just family I’d tolerate his inane “frat boy” and “fascist” comments. But on one occasion there were several other guests–who I knew held quite different views. One of them was a Roumanian woman who had lived behind the Iron Curtain for the first 35 or 40 years of her life. My nephew insulted her. Big oopsie there, you don’t insult a host’s other guests. Since then I’ve tolerated him in my household only when he’s accompanied by his mother (my late sister), and only as an accommodation to her. Since she passed away a couple of years ago, I doubt that nephew will ever see the inside of my home in future.

Gillibrand has no manners.

Loathsome and duplicitous.

I wish some one followed up immediately by getting up and getting a microphone and asking “You object to male legisslatures dictating ‘female reporductive rights’, so if RGB were to die and Trump were to nominate a woman who has a history of voting for limits on abortion, you would be OK with that?”

About that “false narrative” of infanticide. VA governor Latham explicitly expressed his support of infanticide during an interview where he was asked about how “botched abortions” where babies are born alive should be handled. His answer was the very definition of infanticide. Put the baby safely aside and keep it comfortable while the doctor and mother have a calm discussion about what she wants to do and KILL THE BABY!

Maybe I am not clear about the nuances for what constitutes murder but should covers all of the bases for me. Just because all involved are calm, relaxed and comfortable doesn’t change the fact that it is murder.

Mark Michael | June 3, 2019 at 12:27 pm

I’d like to see every news person who interviews any of the Dem prez contenders, “Do you support 3rd trimester abortions? If ‘Yes,’ what is your definition of infanticide? Just if the baby is outside of its mother? Something else?”

“Pasadena Phil” points out that VA governor Latham explicitly supports killing a born-alive baby (I couldn’t remember his name, or I’d have mentioned it – so thanks for reminding me!).”

If the Republican Party doesn’t make campaign ads that highlight this position and run them in the battleground states where pro-life people live in larger numbers, they are truly the Stupid Party.

Should have been a follow up
Question with the statements from Latham from Chris Wallace himself
A little slow there Chris

And I do think there was too much clapping, I would have ???? booed

Chrissy was probably scared “Mayor Pete” would hit him with his/her/its purse.

healthguyfsu | June 3, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Not sure this is lesson learned.

Gillibrand is a super easy target. Even the leftist media uses her as a punching bag to say they are “unbiased”.

In the long run, you can’t trust Chris Wallace. Remember, he learned his trade from his scumbag father, Mike Wallace – a first class dirtbag if there ever was one!

She’s a jackass on the order of corey booker. How these two idiots becamse US senators is just amazing. Then again, that loser obama became president.

Hey, suurender your educational systems to leftists, and you can’t complain.

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