Skip to comments.Wallace Demonstrates Flaky Journalism
Posted on 06/26/2011 11:42:41 AM PDT by AmericaTalks
On his program Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked his guest, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann if she was a flake.
Bachmann seemed perturbed by the question, and rightly so, and then proceeded to answer the question with coherence, grace and dignity. She responded by saying "well, I think that would be insulting, to say something like that, because I'm a serious person". Bachmann pointed out that she has been married 33 years, is a lawyer, has a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law, worked in the U.S. federal tax court, has five children, raised 23 foster children and opened a charter school for at-risk youth.
"I've also been a state senator and a member of the United States Congress for five years. I've been very active in our business. As a job creator, I understand job creation. But also I've been leading actively the movement in Washington, D.C., with those who are affiliated with fiscal reform," Bachmann said.
Wallace's question was an ugly example of shoddy journalism, the kind of "gotcha" question reserved for Republicans, and especially Republican women, in what can only be described as a double standard set by the mainstream media that gives liberals a pass.
Wallace asked the question because in some circles Bachmann is perceived as gaffe prone. To be fair, she has made a few mistakes, but has come a long way since the "anti-American" comment in November of 2008.
But where was the media when Barack Obama, while campaigning for president in 2008, said he had visited "57" states, referred to a "bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor", declared that Memorial Day honors "an unbroken line of fallen heroes - and I see many of them in the audience here today"?
Yes, political candidates do make embarrassing remarks on the campaign trail, but once elected, every speech, every move will be without flaw, because should something go awry, the media will be all over it, such as when Obama picked the name of a dead hero as a live Medal of Honor winner, referring to a military medic as a "corpseman", and botching a toast to Queen Elizabeth II, right?
Wallace did offer one of those back-handed apologies on the Fox News website, the kind where one says "if anyone was offended, I'm sorry".
That's not good enough. This was a hit job on Bachmann, one for which she should be insulted. But journalists should also be insulted, as should every American. There is no place in the news media for this kind of attack.
And although we have come to expect this sort of thing from the talk hosts at MSNBC, or the writers at the Huffington Post, one would expect better from a Sunday morning news and analysis program, especially one on Fox.
Shame on you, Chris Wallace. That question was flaky journalism.
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Just another example of why serious conservatives have deserted FAUX news
He’s turning into his old man.
A well-known flake.
Here’s the two-minute clip:
“Ron Paul is a chiropractor...”
He’s an OB-GYN.
Wallace is and has been a liberal all the time.
Wallace makes "if you were a tree, what tree would you be" acceptable.
He calls himself a journalist because he isn't worth a sh!t as a reporter.
“has a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law”
The media keeps telling me how STUPID she is! HOW CAN THIS BE????
Probably needs a better anti-kook argument that what she gave...
Chris Wallace exposed himself here as a misogynist perhaps? Michele comes across to such boorishness as rather grand.
If answered correctly (apparently Bachmann did), sometimes a bad question can make a conservative look good. I tend to like Wallace. I know he is not a conservative, but he usually does ask difficult questions to both sides.
I used to catch him on Mike Gallagher’s radio program every Friday morning and I found him to have a good sense of humor. It was always my favorite segment of the show.
If Wallace was the norm or the worst of the MSM, we would have little difficulty getting our positions out there.
Wallace shoves a ten inch knife in the back, then renders a half-hearted, excuse ridden apology.
Wasn’t this question that Wallace asked really about her “Some in Congress are un-American statement?” She if said that was telling the truth about the Socialist and Communist in congress who are trying to destroy America from within!
Are you a liberal? Cause that is what the left calls Fox News!
I can’t watch his show at all.
After watching Chris Wallace fumble around the FoxNewsSunday set the past couple of years, I don’t have any trouble understanding why his old man is depressed.
Watching this clip made me appreciate Bachmann more. And reminded me of a Proverb (20: 4-5):
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Wallace is the flake, now get back to licking Clinton’s butt, you’re getting behind, get in the groove.