In a video for the Washington post, Chris Wallace called President Trump a threat to the free press and claimed President Trump has gone too far in bashing the media. He then warned the media to not push back.
The reality has actually been quite the opposite, with mainstream media coverage incessantly smearing President Trump, resulting in him then pushing back.
President Trump is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on the free press in our history. Since early in the campaign, he has done everything he could to delegitimize the media — attacking us institutionally and individually. And I think his purpose is clear. A concerted campaign to raise doubts over whether we can be trusted when we report critically about his administration….I believe some of my colleagues, many of my colleagues — think this president has gone so far over the line bashing the media, that it has given them an excuse to cross the line themselves, to push back. As tempting as that may be, I think it’s a big mistake. We are not players in the game…We are umpires, or observers, trying to be objective witnesses to what is going on. That doesn’t mean we’re stenographers. If the president — or anyone we’re covering — says something untrue or does something questionable, we can and should report it. But we shouldn’t be drawn into becoming players on the field, trying to match the people we cover in invective. It’s not our role. We’re not as good at it as they are. And we’re giving up our special place in our democracy. There’s enough to report about this president that we don’t need to offer opinions or put our thumb on the scale