'Bad Form'? Chris Wallace Doesn't Like Fox Prime-Time Hosts 'Bashing the Media'

October 21st, 2017 1:04 PM

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace publicly scolded prime-time Fox News hosts in an interview with Associated Press media reporter David Bauder. Wallace, who worked for ABC and NBC before joining Fox, doesn't like the prime-timers attacking the media. CNN's Oliver Darcy hyped it as "perhaps the most searing criticism the network's opinion division has faced in recent memory from a colleague."

“It bothers me,” Wallace said in an interview. “If they want to say they like Trump, or that they’re upset with the Democrats, that’s fine. That’s opinion. That’s what they do for a living.

“I don’t like them bashing the media, because oftentimes what they’re bashing is stuff that we on the news side are doing. I don’t think they recognize that they have a role at Fox News and we have a role at Fox News. I don’t know what’s in their head. I just think it’s bad form.”

"Bad form"? Does he think the rest of the media refrain from criticizing his news network? Bauder turned to liberal media watchdogs and singled out Sean Hannity as the unspoken target, who allegedly criticized the press in 90 percent of his monologues from May 15 to September 1, and used the term “fake news” 67 times. Bauder suggested Wallace could speak his mind since he just signed a new contract.

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Wallace did tell Bauder he feels like people on the street respect him for asking tough questions to all sides: “When I go out and when I’m with people, people feel a tie to you because I’m an anchor at Fox News that I’ve never felt anyplace else,” he said. “There’s a sense of kinship, if you will. That doesn’t mean they want it one way. I’m not one of the opinion guys ... They know I’m not going to sell a party line, and the people who come up to me respect that.”