Yesterday, FOX's Chris Wallace went after Carl Levin on Fox News Sunday. He was ostensibly questioning Levin about his position that Bush mislead Americans by linking Iraq and al Qaida. In fact, he was overtly arguing the Bush line, using a single piece of incomplete footage and then trying to bully Levin into agreeing he was mistaken. (Crooks and Liars has footage.) I'll leave aside, for the moment, the egregious departure from journalism this represents (though it's a rich vein to mine).I find this amusing, if only because any number of right-wingers have accused Mike Wallace, over the years, of distorting facts and bullying interviewess into saying things they didn't mean that weren't true.
Chris Wallace: Mike Wallace Has 'Lost It'Nice way to talk about your 87-year-old father on broadcast radio.
"He's lost it. The man has lost it. What can I say," the younger Wallace lamented to WRKO Boston radio host Howie Carr on Friday.
"He's 87-years old and things have set in," the Fox anchor continued. "I mean, we're going to have a competence hearing pretty soon."
Mike and Chris warmly shook hands as they met in the green room. They talk frequently, but hadn't seen each other in months.(assembled from various souces)
Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes was there to see the confrontation.
Chris said he gets e-mails saying "You're just like your father." He says it's not intended as a compliment.
"Even a liberal reporter is a patriot, wants the best for this country," Wallace the Elder said. "And people, your fair and balanced friends at Fox, don't fully understand that."
At the interview's end, Mike said "I love you and I'm proud of you."
"All right, we don't want to cry. We're done," said Chris.
Q:What would you ask President Bush [who has refused, showing more intelligence than i usually credit him with, to even consider doing an interview with Wallace] if you had the chance?In the same interview, in what i suspected was snarkiness as soon as i heard it, and still do, Wallace referred to FOX Chairman/CEO, Roger Ailes, and the way he built FOX:
A. What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious. You didn't want to travel. You knew very little about the military. . . . The governor of Texas doesn't have the kind of power that some governors have. . . . Why do you think they nominated you? . . . Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?
Roger Ailes is a man I admire very much. He understood there was a market that was not being served. He was right.Yeah, there were a lot of knuckle-draggers out there who really needed something that would claim to be a "Fair and Balanced" news organisation while feeding them justifications and rationalisations of their Neanderthaloid view of the word.
Latter fifties, married, out of work (had knee surgery and haven't gotten back to work); my (step) son-in-law is back from Iraq, but a lot of boys are still over there. Support our troops -- throw the Republicans out!
Cost of the War in Iraq to Date
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