When I listen to Chris Wallace occasionally (very occasionally) on Fox News, he seems to be one of the network's more reasonable pundits. But after reading his Nov. 19 Sunday Opinion essay, "Trump is assaulting our free press. But he also has a point," I wondered what point President Trump has. Mr. Wallace did not tell us.
The puzzling term "fake news" was not really examined. For Mr. Trump, the news he does not like is what is labeled "fake." Usually it is news that brings out facts after he has mouthed untruths, "alternative" facts. Is that what Mr. Wallace is condemning along with Mr. Trump?
Mr. Wallace has clearly chosen sides: Mr. Trump's and the Republican right wing's. He uses words such as "bashing" and "invective" to describe how his colleagues in the media treat Mr. Trump. But what if Mr. Trump truly deserves such invective?
Mr. Wallace came across as a basher in his own right, not as a person who understands the proper, truth-seeking role of the media.
David Eberhardt, Baltimore
I am writing to applaud the courage and salient commentary by Chris Wallace. There is too much hyperbole in reporting today. We hear the inflated verbiage, and our moral barometer asks: "Why is he/she coloring the report with what seems to be personal bias and/or overstatements, all for ratings?"
Both sides need to slow down and breathe deeply. Clear, phlegmatic reporting, as in the early days by veteran journalists of note, is sorely needed. As Mr. Wallace stated, journalists "shouldn't be drawn into becoming players on the field, trying to match the people we cover in invective."
Joanne M. Brignolo, Washington
It was enlightening and dispiriting to read Chris Wallace's Sunday Opinion essay. I see clearly now how American journalism has been run for so long by a crop of people who just don't understand the importance of telling it like it is, doing it unambiguously and doing it loud. Look at the results. The citizens in the two political parties can no longer agree on a common set of facts.
Leonard Wayne, Washington