Fox News Host Blasts Trump Over ‘Most Sustained Assault On Press In US History’
Fox News host Chris Wallace blasted President Donald Trump for his treatment of the press on Wednesday, saying the president has “engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press” in the country’s history.
Wallace’s comments came during an event celebrating the First Amendment at the Newseum, a media museum in Washington, D.C., The Guardian reported.
“He has done everything he can to undercut the media, to try and delegitimize us, and I think his purpose is clear: to raise doubts when we report critically about him and his administration that we can be trusted,” said Wallace, who is known to buck the Fox News trend and criticize Trump when warranted. “Back in 2017, he tweeted something that said far more about him than it did about us: ‘The fake news media is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people.’”
Wallace continued: “Let’s be honest, the president’s attacks have done some damage. A Freedom Forum Institute poll, associated here with the Newseum, this year found that 29% of Americans, almost a third of all of us, think the First Amendment goes too far. And 77%, three quarters, say that fake news is a serious threat to our democracy.”
But the veteran news anchor also cautioned against stooping to the president’s level and engaging in journalistic overreach.
“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.”