Chris Wallace: Cronkite 'Would Not Be Happy to See What's Happening in the Evening Newscasts'
In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace condemned network television news for being obsessed with "what's trending online or some Internet YouTube video" rather than hard news, lamenting: "I'm frankly disheartened by some of the stuff I see creeping into newscasts."
He further observed: "The weekday morning television shows have really been overrun by it, and I am kind of disheartened to see it creeping into the evening, weekday news. Walter Cronkite, my first boss, would not be happy to see what's happening in the evening newscasts."
Wallace explained: "The reason it's such a joy to be the anchor of a Sunday news show is that unlike in so much of the news business you [don't] have to almost apologize for being serious – for talking about policy....You can talk in depth, you can talk seriously about issues....It's sort of a self-selecting audience. It's an audience that doesn't want stunts, doesn't want flash, they want a serious discussion of issues by serious people."