Fox News host Chris Wallace, who has drawn the ire of Trump supporters from his anti-Trump commentary, delivered his most pointed attack at the President yet at a Newseum event.
Wallace told the audience “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 delegitimise us” Wallace continued “and I think his purpose is clear: to raise doubts when we report critically about him and his administration that we can be trusted.”
At ‘Celebrating the First Amendment and the Newseum’ event at The Newseum. Fox News host Chris Wallace: “I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history.” pic.twitter.com/2sMGwxi98O
— David Smith (@SmithInAmerica) December 12, 2019
Per The Guardian, Wallace recalled that retired admiral Bill McRaven, a navy Seal for 37 years, had described Trump’s sentiment as maybe “the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime” because, unlike even the Soviet Union or Islamic terrorism, it undermines the US constitution.
The veteran broadcaster added: “Let’s be honest, the president’s attacks have done some damage. A Freedom Forum Institute poll, associated here with the Newseum, this year found that 29% of Americans, almost a third of all of us, think the first amendment goes too far. And 77%, three quarters, say that fake news is a serious threat to our democracy.”
“We are not participants in what we cover, we are observers trying to be objective witnesses. We shouldn’t be drawn into taking sides. We’re not as good at it & we’re abandoning the special role that was created for us in this democracy,” – Chris Wallace, anchor, @FoxNewsSunday
— Newseum (@Newseum) December 12, 2019
The Newseum is closing this year. Per their website:
After more than 11 years and nearly 10 million visitors, the Newseum will close on Dec. 31, 2019. Thank you to everyone who has visited, especially the members, donors and Founding Partners whose support made it all possible.
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