Chris Wallace can’t stop, won’t stop being a hack. His incredibly partisan performance as moderator of the first presidential debate has obviously made the most headlines lately (see Chris Wallace’s Debate Performance Was Absolutely Disgraceful), but it’s far from the full picture. Wallace has been doing his best to mimic being a CNN host for a while now. Just the other day, he fretted that Joe Biden wasn’t answering a question regarding court packing when Wallace himself let Biden skate on the very same question during the debate (see Chris Wallace Turns the Lack of Self-Awareness up to Eleven in Ridiculous New Comments).
Even still, there was an expectation among media onlookers that Wallace would handle the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett differently. After all, she’s not Donald Trump, right?
But nah, Wallace decided to completely bungle the history of Supreme Court nominations and pretend that every bad, partisan deed started with Merrick Garland.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 12, 2020
If you can’t watch, here’s a good description of the dishonesty that was spewed by Wallace.
Thank goodness for @BretBaier coming in to point out CLEARLY that this started with Bork, 30 years before Merrick Garland.
They pulled Bork's VIDEO RENTAL HISTORY. They said he would force back alley abortions. And we've never come back from it.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 12, 2020
The idea that the Senate saying absolutely nothing negative about Merrick Garland and simply choosing not to take up his nomination is somehow the beginning of the current Supreme Court insanity is so historically wrong as to be laughable. Democrats, led by Joe Biden, destroyed Robert Bork with lie after lie. They accused him of the worst evils and this was decades before Garland was ever nominated.
Further, it didn’t stop there. Democrats then tried to take out Clarence Thomas as well, though he was strong enough to survive the onslaught. Thomas is now perhaps the most transcendent Justice on the court, but it wasn’t without having to walk through the fire of smears thrown at him during his confirmation.
Wallace is not an idiot. He knows all of this but has instead decided to spew Democrat talking points on the matter. That Fox News continues to endorse this is to their own peril. Garland was not mistreated. It is not mistreatment or wrong to not confirm a nominee if they don’t have the votes. What is mistreatment and wrong is accusing Brett Kavanaugh of rape, Robert Bork of back alley abortions, and Amy Coney Barrett of being in a cult.
The fact is that Republicans have never treated a Democrat nominee the way Democrats treat Republican nominees. Even Elena Kagan and Sonya Sotomayor got GOP votes to confirm despite their radical ideologies.
Fox News should think long and hard about whether they want to continue to have one of their chief anchors blatantly lie like this. It’s going to cost them with their viewers, if it already hasn’t.
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