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Chris Wallace allowed Trump to turn debate into a ‘disgusting moment for democracy’: columnist

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Fox News host Chris Wallace during the first 2020 presidential debate. (Screenshot)

Writing in The Atlantic this Wednesday, James Fallows called Tuesday night’s first presidential debate a “disgusting night for Democracy” — and he laid a good portion of the blame at moderator Chris Wallace’s feet.

“It became obvious five minutes in that Donald Trump’s strategy was to interrupt, yell, insult, and disrupt as often as he could,” Fallows writes. “This is a strategy that can work only if no one gets in the way of it, and Chris Wallace just let it go on.”

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Fallows acknowledges that Trump is a hard person to rein in, but adds that Wallace should have adapted, but didn’t. Wallace did not enforce the rules, and the result was the same as it would be in a brawl or an unrefereed sporting match, according to Fallows — who didn’t completely absolve Biden, saying he was taking Trump’s bait half the time.

“I recorded a whole detailed minute-by-minute annotation of the debate as it unfolded, but I’m not going to dignify this disaster with any details. It was a giant mess,” Fallows continues. “Did the spectacle change any votes? Who knows. Maybe some people were revved up for Trump by his assertiveness. Maybe other people—I’d guess a larger number, but it’s just a guess—were repelled by his bullying tactics.”

Read the full article over at The Atlantic.


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DOJ begs for delay of hearing in Trump rape case — claims it didn’t know about COVID rules in NYC

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The United States Department of Justice was expected to attempt to intervene in a civil case involving President Donald Trump on Tuesday, but the government's attorney was apparently unable to enter the courthouse.

The case involves an allegation by longtime columnist E. Jean Carroll that Trump sexually assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York City. Trump denied the accusation and lashed out at Carroll, resulting in her suing him for defamation. On Wednesday, the DOJ was expected to argue a novel legal strategy that Trump's statements against Carroll were an official presidential action. This would allow taxpayer-funded attorneys to defend Trump in his civil case.

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Trump’s legacy in the GOP is one of ‘crybaby conservatism’: conservative columnist

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Writing in the Washington Post this Wednesday, columnist George Will slammed President Trump as a "practitioner of crybaby conservatism."

Citing Trump's disputing of reports that his inauguration turnout was lower than Barack Obama's, Will says Trump's presidency began with a "wallow in self-pity" and will probably end "in ignominy when he slinks away pouting, trailing clouds of recriminations..."

According to Will, the Trump era has caused the Republican Party to "eagerly" surrender its self-respect. "And having hitched its wagon to a plummeting cinder, the party is about to have a rendezvous with a surly electorate wielding a truncheon."

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‘Don’t you dare!’ CNN’s Brian Stelter gets into shouting match with conservative over Hunter Biden story

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CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter and Washington Examiner correspondent Susan Ferrechio tangled on BBC radio on Wednesday during a discussion about how conservative media have hyped a political attack on Joe Biden's son.

During a panel discussion that included the corruption allegations against Biden and his son, Ferrechio complained that most mainstream media outlets have not publicized the report, which was first published by the New York Post.

"The bottom line is it deserves scrutiny by all media outlets," Ferrechio said. "And if they pick and choose this and decide it's not worth their time, I think that's showing real bias."

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