There used to be quite a distinct line running right down the middle of the mainstream media. It separated the two sides of the political debate fairly evenly, with CNN spearheading the liberal ethos that has long permeated the infotainment industry and Fox News acting as a sort of real-time retort to them.
These days, the divide may be deeper and darker than ever, but there are a few rare instances where the line has been blurred. Chris Wallace, a longtime anchor at Fox News, may be the most profound example of surprising stances within the media, as he becomes the token anti-Trump voice at the otherwise GOP-friendly news station.
This week, Wallace took his screed even further, shaming the President for what the Fox News’ staple believed was his promotion of Russian propaganda.
On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace asked Vice President Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short asked why President Donald Trump wanted to investigate Ukraine interference in the 2016 election, which he claimed was Kremlin disinformation.
[Wallace said], “Every major U.S. intelligence agency says it was Russia that interfered in the election. During a House Intel Committee hearings, a member of the Trump National Security council Fiona Hill said this idea that Ukraine interfered in the election is Kremlin disinformation, so why does the president think it’s still worth investigating whether Ukraine did something?”
Short said, “Why don’t we try to find the bottom line and the answers. We are not questioning Russia’s interference. I’m excepting that, but it doesn’t mean that just because Russia interfered doesn’t mean others didn’t as well.”
Wallace said, “They are saying and Fiona Hill that the whole question of Ukraine is Russian disinformation and in fact according to reporting, you may say it was inaccurate, Putin supposedly in a meeting they had in Germany told the president that it was Ukraine. And he apparently said to some people in the administration, ‘Putin told me at Ukraine.’”
This sounds awfully similar to the circular logic used by many a Democrat in order to smear the President, claiming that any refutation of their allegations Russian influence is, itself, somehow Russian influence.