Chris Wallace wants to set the record straight about why he left Fox News. And to do so, the veteran news anchor and current CNN journalist gave an interview to the New York Times.
“I just no longer felt comfortable with the programming at Fox,” Wallace said in the interview.
“I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion,” he claimed. “But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable. I spent a lot of 2021 looking to see if there was a different place for me to do my job.”
Wallace apparently had no time to elaborate on his insinuation that the 2020 election was entirely above-board — unlawful changes to swing state election laws be damned — or the damage potentially caused by the network calling Arizona early, nor the odd lack of Congressional security at one of the most politically charged events this century.
The CNN employee, now on-brand, did take time to slam Tucker Carlson for raising important questions about the prevailing narratives that every other major media outlet on television refuses to touch.
“He confirmed reports that he was so alarmed by Mr. Carlson’s documentary ‘Patriot Purge’ — which falsely suggested the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was a ‘false flag’ operation intended to demonize conservatives — that he complained directly to Fox News management,” the New York Times reported with characteristic left-wing editorialization.
“Before, I found it was an environment in which I could do my job and feel good about my involvement at Fox,” Wallace said. “And since November of 2020, that just became unsustainable, increasingly unsustainable as time went on.”
“One of the reasons that I left Fox was because I wanted to put all of that behind me,” he added. “There has not been a moment when I have second-guessed myself about that decision.”
Politics aside, Wallace maintained a track record at Fox News with a strong share of highlights. But it was running afoul of Donald Trump that earned him acrimony from much of the conservative Fox News viewership. His message upon leaving the network was one of gratitude and a desire to start fresh.
“I’ve gotten to spend Sunday mornings with you. It may sound corny, but I feel we’ve built a community here. There’s a lot you can do on Sunday mornings. The fact that you’ve chosen to spend this hour with us is something I cherish. But after 18 years, I have decided to leave FOX. I want to try something new, to go beyond politics, to all of the things I’m interested in.”
After nearly twenty years, a journalist has earned the right to go in a new direction; particularly, one that best fits that person’s views and tastes. Fox News viewers are equally relieved they don’t have Chris Wallace to ‘kick around anymore.’
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