Why does a serious journalist like Chris Wallace stay on Fox News? Wallace was being interviewed by Gretchen Carlson regarding Mitt Romney's response to the killings in Libya. He kept trying to point out that the press conference the next day, where Romney was beaten up by the media, was a press conference HE called. Carlson - the esteemed host of Fox And Friends - kept interrupting him like a teacher to a student. Finally Chris Wallace had to tell her he wasn't going to debate anymore.
“How is it that Sean Hannity and a few others of us out here predicted with pinpoint accuracy that the Muslim Brotherhood would be in charge in Egypt? Their first task when they took over the Parliament was to declare Israel, our closest ally, an enemy. First, their number one enemy,” Hannity said. “How is it that the administration with all their intelligence and all the money we spend to help them and the CIA — how is it that they didn’t see this coming? And they kept telling the American people, this is democracy. Democracy. I don’t view the Muslim Brotherhood as democracy. They want Sharia law implemented now in Egypt.”
McCain pushed back, telling Hannity that “that’s not clear that that’s true” and that he and Fox News were wrong with their take on the elections in Libya.
“But also it was you and people on Fox that said in Libya, ‘we didn’t know who they were and let’s not help these people.’ They had an election and they elected moderates. They rejected Islamists,” McCain said. “And yes, there are Al Qaeda factors and there are extremists in Libya today, but the Libyan people are friends of ours, and they support us, and they support democracy. So you were wrong about Libya.”
“I don’t think I was wrong about Libya at all,” Hannity replied.
McCain jumped in, telling Hannity, “Yes I do, I know you were.”
“No, I was not,” the Fox News host said.
“I know you were. They had a free and fair election, and a democratic non-Islamic government was elected. So you were wrong,” McCain said.
John McCain, war hero and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was arguing with Sean Hannity who dropped out of college? Not just arguing but actually presuming to know more than John McCain?
Chris Wallace and John McCain don't get it. Fox and MSNBC aren't in the business of journalism; they are in the business of pandering to conservatives and liberals to sell commercials. Both are alternative universes for angry people who don't have a life. And no place for serious-thinking homosapiens to safely enter.
September 15, 2012