Big surprise Sunday morning in the world of TV news, Chris Wallace signing with Fox News, followed by a second surprise a few minutes later: Wallace will join CNN as host broadcast on the CNN+ streaming service.
A great loss for Fox Newsroom
I suspect Tucker Carlson was thrilled to hear the news, but Fox’s thin-staffed Washington office was gutted on Sunday. Wallace is part of the network. Or rather, he was. A Fox source told me his passing was like a death in the family at the office. Many Fox stars praised him on Twitter and said they were disappointed by the news. “Sad to see Chris gone – he had a great run at ‘Fox News Sunday’,” Bret Baier wrote.
Wallace is taking her five decades of journalism experience with her and putting it on CNN. Before assuming the position of host of Fox News Sunday in 2003, Wallace was the chief correspondent for Primetime Friday and substitute host for Nightline at ABC News for 14 years. Prior to that, Wallace moderated Meet the Press on NBC News and served as the network’s White House Executive Director. Wallace, the son of “60 Minutes” reporter Mike Wallace, began printing at the Boston Globe, where he displayed clues to ambitions in the news broadcasts.
Fox is “Absolutely Tucker TV Now”
“The reality is that Fox that Wallace is leaving is completely different from the network he joined 18 years ago. Back then, the network tended to be conservative. But in recent years, it’s morphed into a conservative one. a partisan far-right talk channel that can comfortably push dark conspiracy theories to its viewers day and night.
Puck’s Washington correspondent Julia Ioffe made it very clear on “Reliable Sources Sunday:” Fox is like “a crazy sauce you keep burning,” she said, “and it keeps falling more and more and more and more focused, and I think that taste is not for everyone. I can understand why Chris Wallace, a more honest, more genuine journalist, I think it’s hard to stay in a place like that.”