MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace broadcast a powerful lecture of “cynical” Fox News personality Jesse Watters for treating his viewers as being “stupid.”
Wallace joined MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” on Friday to analyze special counsel Robert Mueller ending his investigation and submitting his report to Attorney General Bill Barr.
The host noted that Wallace was providing breaking news coverage on MSNBC when news of the report’s submission was learned. Since she was not watching Fox News at the time, Williams played a clip to show “how the moment transpired on Fox News.”
“Mueller took too long, he lost all his momentum,” Fox personality Watters immediately argued.
“It’s kind of like the guy at the BBQ, when you invite everyone over at 5:00 and at 7:00 no one’s eaten yet and he burns the meat. you say, ‘I waited two years for this? This is terrible!'” he continued.
“I honestly don’t think the rest of the country outside of the swamp and the partisans really care about the Mueller report,” he argued. “They care about the brackets for the NCAA, they care about spring vacation and they care about what’s on Netflix.”
The host asked Wallace for a response.
“I learned at the very beginning of my career in politics to never to treat voters like they’re stupid,” she replied.
Prior to her career in journalism, Wallace was a top Republican communications professional.
“And I don’t know who that guy was and I don’t watch a lot of Fox News anymore,” she said with a chuckle. “But to treat viewers and voters and citizens like they’re so stupid they don’t care about anything more than sports is really cynical.”
“We don’t know what he found, there are really serious questions,” she noted. “I think we should give our viewers and voters credit for wanting to know the answers to those kinds of questions.”
Former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal agreed.
“I want to echo what Nicolle said — it brings pride to my eyes to hear someone say that, because I do think that is our fundamental responsibility, which is to try to and give viewers and the American public an education about what’s in this report and what’s likely to come,” he said.