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Dec. 14, 2019, 8:43 a.m. EST

Fox News host delivers a scathing rebuke of Trump? Yes, it happened... again

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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Fox News anchor and moderator Chris Wallace speaks to the guests and attendees during the third U.S. presidential debate.

If Donald Trump had a problem with Chris Wallace before (he did), then he’s really not going to like the Fox News host after his latest critique.

‘I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history. 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.’

That’s Wallace sharing his thoughts on the presidency at an event on Wednesday night celebrating the First Amendment at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum.

Wallace pointed to this Trump tweet, in particular, from back in 2017 that “said far more about him than it did about us”:

“Let’s be honest, the president’s attacks have done some damage,” the longtime broadcaster and son of journalist icon Mike Wallace said, pointing to a poll that found 77% of Americans believe fake news is a serious threat to our democracy.

Wallace also warned the media that it’s a “big mistake” to use the president’s attacks as rationale to push back too hard and cross the line.

“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,’” he said. “The animus of the reporter and the editor as plain to see as the headline.”

Here’s the clip of Wallace’s speech:

Wallace has strayed from the prevailing political bias on Fox News before. Of course, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by Trump, the “counterpuncher”:

Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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