Monday, December 12, 2005

The Battling Wallaces

I've thought for some time that Chris Wallace of Faux News is a hacktacular goon, but didn't know til now what a classless patricidal one he is. Speaking to Newsmax and responding to comments his father had made about the Bush administration, Wallace said of his father, "He's lost it. The man has lost it. What can I say. He's 87-years old and things have set in. I mean, we're going to have a competence hearing pretty soon."

What I found particularly noteworthy about the younger Wallace's comments about his father was that in the same interview where Mike lit into Bush, he seemed to be careful of criticizing Faux News, out of what I took to be deference to his son's employment there. "Well, my son [Chris Wallace] works for them. . . . [Fox News chairman and CEO] Roger Ailes is a man I admire very much. He understood there was a market that was not being served. He was right."

Now, Mike Wallace can be something of a self-righteous prick and he came off as less than a paragon of journalistic integrity in "The Insider", but you'd like to see his son, particularly one as crapalicious as Chris Wallace, show him a little more respect, at least in public. But his response isn't really surprising. It's become quite common for his ilk to suggest that those who disagree with them are treasonous or mentally ill. It's kind of mild at this point for one to suggest that it's merely a sign of senile dementia.
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