We’re always looking for a straight-shooter in the media. We thought Jake Tapper was the guy, but it seems as though he’s been overtaken by the CNN hive mind. CBS News’ Mark Knoller is a great, old-school, just the facts kind of reporter but he doesn’t get much exposure. And then there’s Fox News’ Chris Wallace, whom even critics of “Faux News” had to admit was an unbiased, straight-down-the-middle newsman. Was.
Wallace is turning off a lot of Fox News viewers, though, with his takes on the Horowitz report. This was his take Monday when the report dropped:
Chris Wallace's take: “The headline is that they didn’t find the things that Bill Barr and Donald Trump alleged…There was not political bias by James Comey or by his deputy Andrew McCabe. They found that it was proper to launch the investigation." pic.twitter.com/BK2N4323a5
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) December 9, 2019
No, Michael Horowitz said they didn’t have any documentary evidence of political bias; that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any, and no one at the FBI would admit to it if asked.
And in response to Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Mediaite notes that Wallace again seemed to be letting the FBI off the hook:
Chris Wallace: 'Terrible Misconduct' From FBI on FISA 'Doesn't Mean the Entire Russia Investigation Was Fraudulent' https://t.co/Ycf3m7Zq4y
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 11, 2019
Mediate quotes Wallace as saying, “So one of the points I think Democrats will make is that it can be true on the one hand that there was terrible misconduct or even potentially crimes in the FISA application and the way in which Carter Page was treated by the federal government.” He added, “It doesn’t mean though that the entire Russia investigation was therefore illegitimate.”
People have thoughts:
The entire investigation was based on lies and misinformation. . . You know, the very essence of fraudulent. https://t.co/JskWiOkzhb
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) December 11, 2019
Just the entire basis for it.
— Bert Bowers (@BertBowers8) December 11, 2019
Yes, that's exactly what it means Chris.
— Gareth Bryne ⚔️ (@kmjoseph705) December 11, 2019
But it is a pretty good indication.
— Brian Rippey (@BrianRippey) December 11, 2019
Actually it does
— Mike Vinci (@VinciMike) December 11, 2019
Yes it does. That’s how it started. And they found nothing.
— Gerald Garner (@lovesosa01) December 11, 2019
It kinda does.
— Robert Smith (@RSmithInc) December 11, 2019
— Middle Name's James (@doradopescado) December 11, 2019
Ummm. Yes it does.
— Sean O'Casey (@SeanOCasey1) December 11, 2019
We call this classic cognitive dissonance.
— Hypocrisy Hound (@found_ur_bias) December 11, 2019
Fruit of the poisoned tree. All of it
— The Goat Chimes In (@TheGoatChimesIn) December 11, 2019
Chris Wallace has no idea what “fruit of the poisonous tree” is
— Ben Jammin 🇺🇸 (@xBenJamminx) December 11, 2019
1/2 Someone please give Wallace a crash course in basic law before he spouts off anymore or interviews the prime suspects on Sunday Its called Fruit of the Poisonous Tree When the inception of the investigation was corrupt #FBI #Corruption #Lies
— Kim Seefeld (@KAS_SB) December 11, 2019
2/2 and the applications for surveillance warrants were based upon lies and withheld truths, all the conduct that flows from the wrong doing is tainted with criminality and is inadmissible #FBI #Corruption #Lies @FoxNewsSunday
— Kim Seefeld (@KAS_SB) December 11, 2019
That’s double talk, Chris. Wrong can never be right.
— Stephanie 🇺🇸 (@stephaniewren60) December 11, 2019
— Max77 (@BillMax077) December 11, 2019
When the foundation is fraudulent, it places the rest of the operation into question. The FBI knew the Steele dossier was largely uncorroborated and unconfirmed (and didn’t meet standards) when they misled the FISA court on multiple occasions. That should have halted the ops.
— Jay (@Jaykay4728) December 11, 2019
One could argue that there was initially some reason to look at the Trump campaign. OK. But almost immediately it was obvious that things weren’t adding up, yet they continued. Seems like an organized smear. Or those leading the investigation are totally and completely inept.
— Kevin (@scurvemond) December 11, 2019
Yes it most certainly does. If agents are falsifying evidence to obtain warrants, the whole investigation is corrupt. 17 different times where procedure and precedent were ignored. That's intentional. 1 or 2 mistakes, okay. 17? No. Those are done on purpose.
— Tony Gouveia (@OriginalGouveia) December 11, 2019
Correct, the ENTIRE investigation is not fraudulent, only the part that occurred after they realized “there’s no there, there”. Had they stopped, the country would be in a completely different place…
— John Gaskey (@jrgaskey) December 11, 2019
That's like saying just because my Miranda rights weren't read to me upon arrest I have no recourse to demand my charges be dropped from due process mistakes
— Account Suspended (@Jarekai2) December 11, 2019
Who has gotten to him??!!
— Ohmymy (@Ohmymy80469139) December 11, 2019
— JJChronicles.com (@JJChronicles) December 11, 2019
Speaking of, Wallace will be interviewing James Comey and Adam Schiff this Sunday.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace To Interview James Comey, Adam Schiff On Sunday https://t.co/REjao1Xg4L
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 11, 2019
Why don’t they just interview themselves? It would be as beneficial.
— Toinette Madison (@SherryToinette) December 11, 2019
I didn’t realize it was softball season already on @FoxNewsSunday. You know they’ll be soft to get them back again.
— Tim Stoner (@timothystoner) December 11, 2019
I guess Sunday we find out if Chris Wallace is looking to get out of Fox. I’d much rather have had @BretBaier do this.
— Gary (@GarySchlager) December 11, 2019
And after the show they will sing Kumbaya, right?
— Mildred Garner (@cmgarner_garner) December 11, 2019
IG Michael Horowitz ‘not sure’ the Carter Page FISA warrants were producing useful information https://t.co/FWHr2YxUwO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 11, 2019