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Chris Wallace Publicly Blasts Donald Trump For ‘Most Sustained Assault On Press Freedom In...

Donald Trump and Chris Wallace have tangled before and after Wallace’s Wednesday remarks at Washington D.C.’s Newseum, look for the relationship to deteriorate even further. Trump claimed in October that Wallace was “nothing like his father” which prompted Wallace to quip, “one of us has daddy issues and it’s not me.” But that was lightweight compared to what Wallace shared last night. The Guardian: “I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history,” Wallace said to applause at the Newseum, a media museum in Washington, on Wednesday night. “He has done everything he can to undercut the media, to try and delegitimise us, and I think his purpose is clear: to raise doubts when we report critically about him and his administration that we can be trusted. Back in 2017, he tweeted something that said far more about him than it did about us: ‘The fake news media is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people.’” 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.” When Trump hears about this, he’ll lose his mind, not just because Wallace had the hubris to stand up to him, but because Fox News is apparently letting this go on. That begs the question, once again, what is Fox News up to with it’s seeming betrayal of Trump by certain journalists and pundits over there? This is getting curiouser and curiouser.

Vanity Fair: ‘He Thinks Fox Screwed Him’ Trump Enraged At Fox, His Impeachment Bulwark

Donald Trump is on the ropes these days, wondering if Fox News is going to betray him and just what he’s gonna do about it if they do. Recently Fox News decided to not allow Rudy Giuliani access to its airwaves anymore, which came as a shock, not only to viewers, but to Trump. He expects Fox News to be his bulwark against impeachment, far more than he depends upon the Senate, in point of fact — and he’s not sure exactly what they’re doing. I mean, they carried the impeachment hearings, like it was news or something. What’s up with that? Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair: So far, Trump’s wall of support from House and Senate Republicans appears as solid as ever. But Trump is less certain about the strength of his ultimate line of defense: Fox News. According to multiple sources who’ve spoken with Trump as impeachment has unfolded in the House, Trump is furious with pockets of Fox’s coverage. “He’s pissed. He thinks Fox screwed him,” a former West Wing official said. The news division carried the impeachment hearings live, a rare instance in which unmediated evidence of Trump’s misdeeds could pierce the Fox bubble. The network’s legal commentator, Judge Andrew Napolitano, declared Trump’s defiance of Congress “an impeachable offense,” a position that directly contradicted the House Republicans’ handpicked witness, George Washington University law scholar Jonathan Turley. Trump has also been engaged in a running war with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace; after Trump tweeted last month that Wallace was “nasty,” fellow Foxer Neil Cavuto rushed to Wallace’s defense. […] On Sunday, Trump lashed out on Twitter, writing: “Don’t get why @FoxNews puts losers on like @RepSwalwell (who got ZERO as presidential candidate before quitting), Pramila Jayapal, David Cicilline and others who are Radical Left Haters? The Dems wouldn’t let @FoxNews get near their bad ratings debates, yet Fox panders. Pathetic!” Also over the weekend, Trump tweeted multiple stories from Fox rival Newsmax run by Trump’s friend Chris Ruddy. “Having any opposing voices is a problem for Trump,” a Republican who spoke with the president told me. “He was saying this coverage is bullshit. This was a shot across the bow to all the hosts.” Inside Fox, the message was received. “He’s clearly worried we’re really going to cover this fairly, and he’s starting to freak. This is about keeping us in line,” a Fox staffer told me. Richard Nixon would have killed his own dog to have a propaganda machine like Fox News in his corner back in the day. Trump is depending upon it, and like a lover, he’s trying to make them jealous by going over to Newsmax and OAN. Trump does not want anything resembling actual news coverage, he wants his shills to do his bidding or get fired, period. He’s an authoritarian and he wants a compliant media like Kim Jong Un has. Who knows what Fox is up to, particuarly Cavuto, Wallace and Napolitano, who all deign to disagree with Trump regularly? Could it be that Rupert Murdoch is already contemplating a post-Trump world and preparing for it? No one knows, but one thing is certain: this is an area of Trump displeasure to keep your eyes on. This is Trump’s achilles heel.
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