Fox News’ Chris Wallace: Our Own ‘opinion people’ Are Politicizing Barr Coverage
Fox News host Chris Wallace, who is part of the news arm of the network, warned viewers on Wednesday that coverage from the opinionated sections of his own network couldn’t be trusted when it came to reporting on a letter from special counsel Robert Mueller to Attorney General William Barr.
Perhaps anticipating falsehoods and misleading statements to come later that evening, Wallace urged viewers to focus on the “facts” of the matter — that Mueller’s letter indicated he was upset with Barr’s depictions of his own findings in the special counsel’s investigation of the president.
“I know there are some people who don’t think this March 27 letter is a big deal. Some opinion people, some opinion people who appear on this network, who may be pushing a political agenda,” Wallace said, according to reporting from Newsweek.
Chris Wallace: Some opinion people who appear on this network, who may be pushing a political agenda. But, you know, we have to deal in facts. And the fact is that this letter from the special counsel … was a clear indication that the [special counsel] was upset, very upset. pic.twitter.com/fZZSz57PTD
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 1, 2019
Following the submission of Mueller’s report to the Justice Department, Barr released a four-page letter to Congress summarizing Mueller’s findings. It said that Mueller didn’t find any evidence of collusion.
In actuality, Mueller’s report found nothing to charge the president on regarding coordination, but did find that the Trump campaign acted inappropriately at several junctures and expected to benefit from Russian interference.
Mueller also laid out a compelling case demonstrating the president tried to obstruct the investigation, not pushing for any charges but laying out what many have described as a roadmap for impeachment proceedings to begin, according to reporting from The Intercept.
Mueller “wanted [Barr’s letter] changed, or wanted it at least added to, and the Attorney General refused to do so. He felt the Attorney General’s letter was inaccurate,” Wallace added.
“What [Mueller] says in the letter is, ‘You didn’t reflect what we found in the report,'” Wallace said, “and there were a lot of people — having read now the full report, or as much as it has not been redacted — agree that he didn’t reveal what was fully in the report.”
The viewpoint that Wallace was expressing, he added, weren’t opinions, “that’s not a political agenda, those are the facts,” he matter-of-factly said into the camera.