Annoying veteran news anchor Chris Wallace, who Fox News artificially elevated for a long time, used his platform to attack his political opponents, who happened to be supporters of President Donald J. Trump, at a time when Trump was soaring in popularity.
Lispy Wallace, who never had enough followers to be on his own in the first place, was given the coveted position of a mainstream talk show host who was viewed as important enough to moderate a Presidential Debate between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. Unfortunately, at the debate, all Wallace did was childishly fanboy for his personal idol- Democrat Joe Biden, and attack Trump with an obvious vendetta to make him look bad.
Wallace completing a play set in motion by the Democrat National Committee (DNC) to discredit Trump over his tax returns (which turned out to be a massive nothing burger when they were made public) goes after Trump in a highly unsophisticated manner:
Chris Wallace: "Is it true that you paid $750 in federal income taxes each of those two years?"
President Trump: "I paid millions of dollars in taxes…"
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 30, 2020
Wallace constantly and amateurishly showed favoritism of the leftist agenda on FOX- and that behavior no doubt damaged the network’s reputation as fair and balanced media.
Trump pushed back on Wallace for his highly outrageous behavior as a moderator:
“Trump goes off on ‘the biggest fakers in the fake news’ like Chris Wallace, who shielded Joe Biden while Trump tried to debate him,” Newsmax reported.
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) February 28, 2021
And it wasn’t only Trump who Wallace went after.
Here is a clip of smack down with Steve Cortes who took issue with Wallace over his personal attacks on others:
“One year ago today, I challenged Chris Wallace after he harangued me the same way he badgered Pres Trump in the first debate days earlier — Wallace inserted himself into the showdown and didn’t remotely act as a neutral moderator,” Steve Cortes reported about Wallace.
One year ago today, I challenged Chris Wallace after he harangued me the same way he badgered Pres Trump in the first debate, days earlier — Wallace inserted himself into the showdown and didn’t remotely act as a neutral moderator.pic.twitter.com/7B0toD5GCW
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) October 5, 2021
And now we find out that Wallace has gotten his comeuppance.
Wallace once helmed one of the most popular and influential Sunday news programs in all of the television at Fox News, is barely making a dent in the industry at his new employer, CNN, according to a report by Western Journal.
“Specifically, January will be an ugly mark on Wallace’s resume as his show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” pulled in abysmal ratings — the worst viewership numbers since his program was launched in the spring of 2022,” WJ reported, adding:
“Nielsen data revealed that for the first month of this year, Wallace’s show averaged only 365,000 viewers. Even worse, in advertisers’ coveted 25-54 demographic, his struggling program pulled in an average of just 48,000 viewers.”
The Washington Examiner noted that on Sunday, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” managed to pull down only 323,000 viewers and 38,000 in the 25-54 demo. Yikes.
Making matters worse, Wallace’s failing show came on the heels of the utterly humiliating CNN+ experiment, which is where he landed after stunning viewers in 2021 with his abrupt exit from Fox News.
Explaining why he left the network, he told The New York Times in March 2022, “I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion. But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable.”
As you might recall, CNN had high hopes that Wallace’s star power would make the paid streaming service a household staple, but CNN+ was shut down by the network after less than a month in operation.
It’s not that people aren’t tuning into Sunday news programs, either. Take a gander at former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Sunday Fox News show for proof.
“Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy” managed to garner over 1 million viewers on average in January, according to US TVDB. Gowdy also roughly doubled the number of 25-54 demographic viewers that Wallace pulled in.
In addition to Wallace’s poor showing, CNN has taken a steady beating in the ratings in recent months, even falling to an embarrassing record low a few weeks ago.
For the week of Jan. 16-22, the network’s ratings collapsed to a nine-year low, with only 444,000 viewers for CNN’s primetime lineup. It also struggled to reel in much in the way of 25-54 demographic viewers with just 93,000.
Again, it’s not a matter of fewer viewers watching TV these days. By comparison, in the same period, Fox News hauled in 2 million primetime viewers and landed 256,000 in the prime 25-54 demographic.
It’s almost as if Americans are no longer interested in the radical progressive narratives pushed by CNN.
Simon Ateba, the chief White House correspondent for Today News Africa, asked his Twitter followers if they had any advice for Wallace.
JUST IN: Chris Wallace sees the lowest ratings since leaving @FoxNews and Joining @CNN. Any advice for Mr. Wallace? Simon Ateba (@simonateba)posted on Twitter on February 1, 2023.
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) February 1, 2023
The comments were hilarious, including lawyer Harmeet K. Dhillon, was simply one word: “Retire.”
“Retire!” Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) posted on Twitter on February 1, 2023.
Others slammed Wallace’s reputation and contrasted it with the legacy of his father, longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace, as noted by Western Journal.
“Retire. You’ve had your time and couldn’t achieve what your father did. HE was a journalist,” one Twitter user wrote.