Fox News anchor Chris Wallace announced his departure from the network after 18 years on Sunday, stating he’d like to “go beyond politics.”
Within hours it was announced he’d be joining CNN.
“It is the last time — and I say this with real sadness — we will meet like this,” Wallace told his audience.
The anchor, heralded by the mainstream media as being straight-laced and unbiased, said Fox had allowed him to be “free to report to the best of my ability,” and added, “It’s been a great ride.”
“I want to try something new, to go beyond politics to all the things I’m interested in. I’m ready for a new adventure,” he closed his show. “And I hope you’ll check it out.”
News of his ‘new adventure beyond politics’ was announced shortly thereafter.
Within hours CNN Business was pleased to announce that Chris Wallace was joining CNN+ to host a weekday show.
The network took a shot at Fox News in their announcement.
They described Wallace as “one of the few high-profile news personalities who retained a reputation of integrity as Fox leaned hard into right-wing and conspiratorial programming.”
To join a network that has zero reputation of integrity and has leaned hard into left-wing programming while having to deal with multiple anchors in the news of late for being accused of sexual harassment or interfering in major liberal scandals.
Good luck with your reputation over at CNN, Chris.
CNN said Wallace will host a weekday show featuring interviews with newsmakers “across politics, business, sports and culture.”
While Chris Wallace has occasionally investigated both sides of the political aisle with his journalism, he is by no means unbiased.
The Fox News anchor was widely panned for his presidential debate performance the previous October due to his inability to get both Donald Trump and Joe Biden to stop arguing and talking over each other.
Wallace blamed Trump for the disastrous performance, though evidence would suggest it was actually Biden who got things off to a rocky start.
Trump “bears the primary responsibility for what happened,” he would later accuse.
Wallace, also at that debate, showed remarkable ineptitude by presenting the Charlottesville hoax almost as fact when he questioned Biden about running for President.
“Vice-President Biden, you say that President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville three years ago, when he talked about very fine people on both sides, was what directly led you to launch this run for president,” he stated.
Such a comment had already been widely debunked at the time.
The Fox News anchor let the hyperbole fly when analyzing President Biden’s inaugural speech as “the best inaugural address I ever heard.”
“I thought it was a great speech,” Wallace said. “I’ve been listening to these inaugural addresses since 1961 — John F. Kennedy, ‘ask not.’ I thought this was the best inaugural address I ever heard.”
Just last month, Chris Wallace received the Panetta Institute’s Jefferson-Lincoln Award for representing the importance of an “unbiased” media.
Leon Panetta, of course, is a career Democrat who served in the Obama administration and was the CIA Director.
Wallace, in his acceptance speech, claimed he gets “stopped a fair amount these days by people who want to praise me for being fair, for playing it straight.”
“Look, it’s simple,” he continued. “Reporters don’t take sides, reporters don’t push agendas, reporters report the facts. And facts and the truth are non-negotiable.”
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