NewsBusters Podcast: Chris Wallace Pours Hate on 'Useful Idiot' Tucker Carlson

February 12th, 2024 10:40 PM

Tucker Carlson's interview with Vladimir Putin sent CNN host Chris Wallace into the ceiling. On his Saturday show, he said calling Tucker a useful idiot was an insult to useful idiots. He also called him an "eager puppy." 

This is an interesting tactic for Chris Wallace, since in 2017, he publicly criticized Fox News’s opinion hosts for bashing the media as unprofessional. See, it’s okay for Wallace to say someone’s not a journalist, they’re an eager puppy. But Tucker should never say that about oh, say, Brian Williams or Don Lemon.

This is also an interesting tack since it was his own father Mike Wallace who went to meet with Ayatollah Khomeini in his earliest days as the dictator of Iran, and American hostage-taker back in 1979. He's remembered for describing the view of Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat: "He called you, forgive me, Imam -- his words, not mine -- 'a lunatic.'" Was Chris Wallace proud of that? Or was Daddy an eager puppy?

We also address former Biden press secretary Jen Psaki ripping into the pro-Biden media as if they were savagely anti-Biden; Sarah Isgur educating Jon Karl on ABC about why special counsel Robert Hur had to describe Biden's mental state as a reason not to indict him; MSNBC avoiding inconvenient truths about the attempted shooter at Joel Osteen's megachurch in Houston; and the CBS morning love-bombing of Jon Stewart. Comedy Central's full-page newspaper ads tout Stewart's return to late-night leftist rants as "A Second Term We Can All Agree On." No. We can't. 

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