Anyone wondering why 41.8% of Americans still say they approve of President Trump’s performance is underestimating the ignorance of a large segment of the populace and their aversion to hearing facts that contradict the world-view super-glued to their psyches.
Case in point: the reaction of Fox News viewers watching host Chris Wallace grill two of his guests today while employing the age-old journalistic technique of challenging their unsubstantiated statements with actual facts and statistics and forcing them to defend their positions.
Wallace confronted both right-wing talk radio gasbag Rush Limbaugh and white nationalist Trump aide Stephen Miller with tough questions on Fox News Sunday this morning, and Fox News viewers reacted as if their favorite “news” channel had suddenly hired Barrack Obama as their latest talking head.
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When Miller presented the fallacious Trump propaganda that an emergency declaration was necessary to build a border wall to protect the nation from an unlimited flow of drugs pouring over an unprotected border, Wallace shot back with facts provided by the administration’s own CBP statistics.
“But 80 to 90 percent of those drugs don’t come across in unfenced areas,” Wallace pointed out. “They come across from ports of entry. Those are your own Customs and Border Patrol numbers.”
The Fox News Sunday host was equally dogged in his interview with Rush Limbaugh, rightly accusing the conservative radio fixture of an obvious case of hypocrisy in his failure to condemn President Trump’s usurpation of congressional authority by his declaration of a non-existent “national emergency” after launching a multiplicity of tirades against President Obama’s use of executive actions during his time in office.
“I understand that you like what President Trump is doing,” Wallace acknowledged. “And you didn’t like what President Obama was doing. But that’s the concern here, is that to the degree that you give the president more and more powers, yes, you are going to get some things — executive powers — from one president you like, but you’re going to get things — executive powers — from another president that you don’t like.”
All this logic, reason, and truth was simply too much for the aged couch potatoes sitting in front of their TVs watching their normally reliably reactionary news source spout something resembling actual reality. Angry die-hard conservative acolytes took to Twitter to express their outrage over the intrusion of the real world into their carefully constructed castle of fantasies.
I so dislike the hypocrisy from @FoxNewsSunday and Chris Wallace who NEVER treats the Dems or anyone in the Obama adm like he just treated Steve Miller. Steve Miller you rock! #BuildTheDamnWall @POTUS @realDonaldTrump
— Cindy Foust (@CindyFoust) February 17, 2019
I tuned in to FOX News Sunday because I wanted to see the annual Rush Limbaugh interview. Chris Wallace is so bad, however, that I had to turn it off and record it so later I can Fast Forward through his libtard babble and only watch the good part. He really is awful!
— Cyril Wyche (@CWWyche) February 17, 2019
THAT'S IT FOX. I'M DONE. CHRIS WALLACE AND ANNE COULTER WILL KILL YOUR NETWORK. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR AUDIENCE.
— timothy r warehime (@TimothyWarehime) February 17, 2019
I’m watching FoxNews Sunday! AND THATS ENUF!
CHRIS WALLACE IS A HARDCORE LIBERAL!!!
GET HIM OFF FOX!
He’s no longer a journalist he’s a liberal protectionist!
— Fredric❌Beckman (@beckman_fredric) February 17, 2019
Chris Wallace is such a prissy twit! Trying to give Stephen Miller a hard time like some snotty teen age girl!
— Greg Hansen (@grannyrecipe) February 17, 2019
I bet Chris Wallace in Fox News voted for Hillary
— Wesley Archer (@WesleyA14539788) February 17, 2019
Chris on FoxNews Sunday is ARGUING with his guest, Strumming on him like he was a Congressional Democrat. Shame on Chris Wallace. Could definately like Raymond Arroyo in his spot. Can't stand deep state Chris Wallace. Today, he is revolutionary as bullying is crass & impolite!
— Carolyn SpindlerKahn (@SpinKahnCarolyn) February 17, 2019
Chris Wallace is bullying and hammering his guest, Stephen Miller. Chris Wallace cannot be defended for his audacity. Chris Wallace is definitely pushing the Democrat's agenda for them. I thought FoxNews was supposed to be accommodating to both sides of opinion. Not bigot Wallace
— Carolyn SpindlerKahn (@SpinKahnCarolyn) February 17, 2019
It’s demonstrative of the deterioration in public discourse to note that this particular viewer not only believes that Fox News is accommodating “both sides of opinion,” but that statistics and facts are a matter of debate not settled reality. The complete brainwashing of these people by Trumpian propaganda and right-wing memes is frightening.
Chris Wallace sure likes to try to play “Gotcha”. He thinks he’s his daddy. He’s a real tool. Too bad Stephen Miller is smarter than him. Owned. #FNS
— Covfefe Kimmie (@kimmieguy) February 17, 2019
Chris Wallace's behavior on Fox News Sunday this morning was that of a punk who can dish it out but refused to answer a question from his "guest" Senior White House Representative Stephen Miller. Seriously Chris is that fair & balanced? It was definitely RUDE & COWARDLY!!!
— Fred Michael Hughes (@FredMichaelHug1) February 17, 2019
Chris Wallace is a rude liberal hack who constantly rudely interrupts his guests #FoxNewsSunday
— Julie ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@jlynnbaker85) February 17, 2019
The moral character of these incensed, hyper-partisan bigots is best exemplified by the casual anti-Semitism displayed in at least one commenter’s response.
You know, the joy of this is I get to ask you questions," Wallace said. "You don't get to ask me."
Chris Wallace is such an arrogant jew.
— Patrick Kleber (@1792kentucky) February 17, 2019
Only white privilege and racism could produce a comment like that.
It’s good for progressives to realize what we are up against in the battle for the soul of our nation. As the reactions to a real journalist refusing to accept the pre-packaged talking points peddled by Trump’s surrogates without challenging the falsehoods that lie behind them demonstrate, the battle is far from over.
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Original reporting by David Edwards at RawStory.