Chris Wallace’s Commentary on Jen Psaki Devolves Into Absolute Insanity – Opinion

If anyone is still under the impression that Fox News’ Chris Wallace is a fair-minded individual just calling balls and strikes, I bring evidence today that should thoroughly disabuse you of that notion.

While appearing on Sandra Smith’s daytime news show, Wallace was asked to discuss the fact that Jen Psaki doubled down on Joe Biden’s CNN town hall lie that he had visited the border in the past. As RedState reported, the president’s assertion was completely untrue. Furthermore, it is absurd that the president claimed that flying to El Paso, Texas to cross the border once was a trip to the frontier. Yet, that’s what Psaki tried to claim.

What was Wallace’s response? He brushed it off and proclaimed Psaki is “one of the best press secretaries ever.”

Two things are worth noting in my opinion. One, Wallace’s assertion that Psaki is one of the “best” press secretaries ever just doesn’t pass muster. She’s easily flustered, often unprepared (hence the “circle back” meme), and lies continually (see here, here, and here). Is she good at lying for President Obama? Yes, she’s pretty good at it and has learned to mix snark and outrage in order to push false narratives to a largely compliant press corps.

Is it possible to be good at lying and make a great press secretary? I don’t think so, and I don’t think Wallace thinks so — given he’s never been so kind in the past to Republican press secretaries who are good at spin. Rather, I think he’s just a partisan hack who can find little fault with the current White House because he’s sympathetic to it.

Kayleigh McEnany served as Donald Trump’s press secretary. McEnany, regardless what opinion one may have about Trump’s presidency, was objectively an excellent employee. Her ability to be organized, well prepared and have answers to even politically biased questions was remarkable. She didn’t tell reporters over and over that she’ll “circle back.” McEnany even often had visual aids to make her points.

Wallace did not praise Wallace for her work ethic. Instead, he called her intellectually dishonesty and hostile towards the media corps. I’d quibble with that characterization, but if dishonesty and hostility were a problem for Wallace in regards to McEnany, why is it not in regards to Psaki? Fox News Sunday hosts praise the former and have rarely, if any, offered criticism.

That’s not a coincidence, and it leaves me asking exactly what Fox News is doing at this point. Is it their desire to lose the audience they have? Perhaps they believe they can carve out a new niche and be CNN-lite, but I have a feeling that won’t work out very well. To the extent that the network is doing well, it’s almost solely due to its primetime hosts and afternoon shows like “The Five.” The executives over there should probably recognize where their bread is buttered, because it’s not by Chris Wallace insulting everyone’s intelligence with praise of a dishonest hack like Jen Psaki.

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