I don’t know why I assumed Chris Wallace would be a fair moderator…he works for Fox News after all.
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace is moderating the third and final presidential debate tonight in Las Vegas, and when asked whether he should fact check the candidates, or call out the candidates when they lie, he said NO.
Wallace said, “That’s not my job. I do not believe that it’s my job to be a truth squad. It’s up to the other person to catch them on that. I certainly am going to try to maintain some reasonable semblance of equal time. If one of them is filibustering, I’m going to try to break in respectfully and give the other person a chance to talk.”
Wallace said people can fact-check the candidates after the debates, but it’s not his role to do it in real time.
From The Huffington Post:
At the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, NBC anchor and moderator Lester Holt fact-checked several of Trump’s false claims, including his recurring lie about being a staunch opponent of the Iraq war. Holt endured criticism for days from Trump and his surrogates. Trump’s persistent gripes about moderators treating him unfairly ― before, during, and after he’s hit the stage ― have only heightened the scrutiny.
Wallace acknowledged “there’s a lot of pressure” and “a lot of stress” that comes with the moderator’s high-profile gig. “We’ve seen [the] previous moderators get criticized, and at certain points I’ve had to remind myself, this may be a once-in-a-life opportunity, so have fun,” he said Sunday. “To the degree you can stop biting your nails, have fun with it.”