Fox News' Chris Wallace Enters Spotlight As Debate Moderator
Oct 20 2016
After the debate, the usual idiots will say Trump did fine, and then polls will come out showing Hillary Clinton soundly beat him, and it won't matter. Wallace previously worked for ABC and NBC News, and Hume helped facilitate Wallace's move to Fox News in 2003. Moderating the evening is Chris Wallace, a notable anchorman who's made his way around the journalistic block. "You don't want to do that". But he did make an appearance on the program, which anchor Bret Baier hosted, as the feature of the "power player of the week" segment.
"The danger of leaving it up to the candidates to fact-check each other is that it doesn't necessarily bring us any closer to the truth", Lucas Graves, a fact-checking expert at the University of Wisconsin Madison, told me before the first debate in September. "If people say, "it was a great debate and I don't remember you being there, ' I will have done my job", he has said". "Look, there's a lot of pressure". But he has reminded himself it's possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to have as much fun with it as possible. "And basically you're there as a time keeper, but you're not a participant". The interviews also showed that Wallace is seen by Democrats as fair and by Republicans as willing to ask questions conservatives care about.
"I take it very seriously", Wallace said Sunday. "We're helping millions of people decide who we're going to elect the next president". While serving as a White House correspondent for NBC News in the 1980s, he got the Chief Executive sometimes known as "The Gipper" riled up by asking a simple question after the US had intercepted an Egyptian airliner. The first presidential election Wallace covered was in 1980. The moderator is in a unique position to hold the debaters accountable by asking follow-up questions. The candidates and the Commission on Presidential Debates, which selects the moderators, will not know the questions beforehand.
The debate will start at 9 p.m., and will continue for 90 minutes without commercial interruption.
Those topics are subject to change based on news developments. Mike McCurry, co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates told THR. Donald Trump Pisses Off The First Lady: Michelle Obama Says Lewd Comments Have "Shaken Me To My Core"Donald Trump Now Has Seven Women Accusing Him Of Sexual Assault, Say He Groped Or Kissed Them In March, Chris Wallace attended the Republican primary debate armed with full-screen graphics to debunk some of Trump's false claims according to The Washington Post.
The presence of any Fox News personality on the presidential debate stage, even one with Wallace's sterling reputation, would normally be cause for controversy and complaint among progressives who view anyone with the Fox imprimatur as inherently biased.
While this is the first time a journalist from Fox News will moderate a general election debate, Wallace is familiar with moderating Trump, having joined Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly for all three Fox News Republican primary debates (Trump only showed up to two of them). "This is a debate", he said.