Fox News' Chris Wallace Aims To Be Debate Timekeeper -- Not Fact-Checker
Huffington Post - 4 months
NEW YORK ― Chris Wallace has spent decades trying to puncture holes in politicians’ false or misleading claims. But a presidential debate, he insists, isn’t a Sunday morning interview.
“An interview ― it’s you and the candidate, and you’re the person holding them to account,” Wallace said over the weekend on “Fox News Sunday,” the public affairs show he’s hosted for 13 years. “This is a debate. And, you know, they’re both going to be on the stage. If I think there’s a need for me to intervene, I will, but I would prefer not to.”
Wallace, moderator of the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas, hasn’t ruled out real-time fact-checking. But his stated preference for not doing so has ignited a journalistic debate over the debate moderator’s role.
On Sept. 4, Wallace said he didn’t intend to “truth squad” the nominees. Several journalists and media watchers took issue with that position, arguing it’s vital for the moderator to call out blatant lies. A
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