The long-anticipated first presidential debate between President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden finally happened. Chris Wallace of Fox News was the moderator. Disappointingly, it was more of a debate between President Trump and Chris Wallace.
During the health care segment, President Trump pointed out that he was really debating with Chris Wallace and that was mostly true for the entire 90-minute debate: “Well, first of all, I guess I’m debating you, not him. But that’s OK. I’m not surprised.”
Wallace recently asked Biden for an interview, but Biden refused. When Wallace finally had a chance to ask Biden tough questions, he instead protected Biden and assisted him when President Trump tried to press Biden to answer the tough questions. Throughout the debate, Wallace rebuked President Trump multiple times while allowing Biden to call the president a “clown,” and a “liar.” Wallace and Biden had a good chuckle together over President Trump’s “ranting.”
Egregiously, Wallace let Biden accuse the president of calling “neo-nazis” very fine people, referring back to the Charlottesville tragedy concerning the Robert E. Lee monument. Supporters of the monument and leftists violently clashed, and in an interview, the president pointed out that there were “very fine” people on both sides of the argument about monuments but the left has labeled the president a “white supremacist” because of his comment. The trope has been debunked, but Wallace did not provide any fact-checking of Biden on the issue.
Wallace ran interference for Biden when President Trump asked about Hunter Biden’s military discharge. Joe denied that Hunter was discharged from the military because of drug use, and Chris Wallace, ever ready to correct the president, did not correct Biden. Ensign Biden was discharged after just nine months in the Navy Reserve after a drug test returned positive for cocaine.
In a direct question to Biden, Wallace asked him if he intended to pack the Supreme Court. Biden said the question was a distraction. When Trump pushed Biden to answer the question repeatedly, Biden told the president to “shut up.” Instead of rebuking Biden, Wallace ended the segment, relieving the pressure on Biden to answer. Watch:
As Pres. Trump repeatedly interrupts Joe Biden, Biden says, “Will you shut up, man?”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 30, 2020
In discussing universal vote-by-mail, President Trump explained why it was problematic and ripe for fraud, but Chris Wallace “fact-checked” the president’s arguments rather than asking Biden to refute the president.
One of the segments was a direct attack on the president without a corresponding attack on Biden. The New York Times leaked the president’s tax returns, and Chris Wallace, parroting the left, asked the president if it was true that he only paid $750 in federal income taxes in the last 10 years. Wallace did not do a similar segment on Biden’s taxes, even though a new story about the Biden’s evading $500,000 in payroll taxes by using S corporations in 2017 and 2018 just came out.
According to the Wall Street Journal earlier this week:
According to their tax returns, in 2017 and 2018 the Bidens and his wife Jill avoided payroll taxes on nearly $13.3 million in income from book royalties and speaking fees. They did so by classifying the income as S-corporation profits rather than taxable wages.
The consensus about this first presidential debate is that Chris Wallace is biased, partisan, and a debater rather than a moderator. And he was Fox News’ choice. Fox would have done better to have Brett Baier and Dana Perino as the moderators.