Chris Wallace from Fox News said he felt honored to be one of the people chosen to moderate a Presidential Debate this fall. He explained to Howard Kurtz that he intends to be fair, and not to try to smear Trump and show extreme bias like so many reporters have done in the liberal media this election cycle.
Here’s how he explained his approach, when asked if it was different than hosting a Sunday show: “No, it’s very different, and I’m very mindful of that. It isn’t coming up with a killer question, not coming up with the great follow-up.
I see myself as a conduit to ask the questions and basically to get the two candidates, or as I say, if one of the other people is on the stage as well, one of the third party candidates, but to get the candidates to engage. I view it as kind of being a referee in a heavyweight championship fight. If it — if it succeeds when it’s over, people will say, you did a great job. I don’t even remember you ever even being on the stage.”
When Kurtz asked him if he was going to try to do on-the-spot “fact checking,” Wallace answered: “That’s not my job. I do not believe it is my job to be a truth squad. It’s up to the other person to catch them on that. I certainly am going to try to maintain some reasonable semblance of equal time. If one of them is filibustering, I’m going to try to break in respectfully and give the other person a chance to talk. But I want it to be about them — I want it to be as much of a debate, people often talk that it’s simultaneous news conferences.”
Added Wallace: “I want it to be as much of a debate as possible. Frankly, with these two and the way — as Keith Jackson used to say about football rivals, these two just plain don’t like each other.
I suspect I’m not going to have any problem getting them to engage with each other, but I don’t view my role as truth squading and I think that is a step too far. If people want to do it after the debate, fine, it’s not my role.”