In perhaps his most unabashed criticism of Donald Trump to-date, “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace claimed that the First Amendment has never before endured anything quite like the president’s “direct” attacks.
Wallace’s remarks were made during his well-received speech to before a crowd at Newseum, the Washington D.C. media museum, The Guardian reports. “I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history,” the Fox anchor proclaimed to much applause.
Wallace was invited to speak at Newseum as part of a farewell event, for the museum is shutting down its location in America’s Capital nearly 12 years after opening its doors.
During his address, the Fox News host conceded that the president’s harsh criticism of the press had, at least in part, been effective: “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.”
Wallace’s remarks were in response to the following sort of sentiments expressed by President Trump:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Wallace has specifically been on the receiving end of Trump’s attacks. Recently, the president referred to him as both “nasty” and “obnoxious,” additionally claiming that Wallace would never live up to the legacy left by his father and iconic reporter, Mike Wallace.
During his speech, Wallace further claimed that Trump’s “clear” goal of attacking the media is done for his own personal benefit, so that the public will doubt the veracity of critical news reports, thereby by fostering a general sense of mistrust regarding the press as a whole.
Source: The Guardian
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff