The New Jersey Star Ledger’s Matt Zoeller Seitz writes up the landmark for Chris Wallace’s show…
On first glance, Wallace might seem an unlikely advocate for Fox News. He’s a bred-in-the-bone mainstream journalist. His politics are pretty much a question mark, a fact that led some conservative bloggers to tag him as a liberal fifth columnist. Plus, Wallace doesn’t re-frame the news in terms of a conservative world view, as Hume does virtually every single night.
Yet Wallace argues forcefully for Fox’s value — not as a primary news source, but as one voice among many. According to this interpretation, “Fair and Balanced” doesn’t mean Fox News is unburdened by preconceived political notions. It just means that if you set Fox alongside a news source that’s often unfriendly to conservative or right-wing thought, the complete picture becomes more balanced.
“The only thing Roger ever said to me was, ‘Treat everybody the same, be equally tough on everyone.’ Forget the conservative bloggers, just go do it,” Wallace said. “A lot of shots that are taken against Fox are cheap shots. I know the way we treat Republicans as well as Democrats on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ and I don’t know anyone in the political community, Republican or Democrat, who thinks I pull my punches.”