Washington, United States:
Chris Wallace, the Fox News host who will moderate the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, is a veteran news editor who has a reputation for playing them right on a network where the opinion of the hosts deviates to the right.
Wallace, a youthful looking 72-year-old, is the son of legendary “60 Minutes” reporter Mike Wallace, who was known for his combative interviews on the CBS show.
The younger Wallace may not be quite as combative as his late father, but he’s not afraid of confrontation.
That includes taking on Trump on a Rupert Murdoch-run news network that critics have accused of being a cheerleader for the Republican president.
In a one-on-one interview with Trump in July at the White House, the president boasted that he passed a cognitive test with flying colors.
“Well, it’s not the hardest test,” Wallace replied, noting that one of the questions was to identify a picture of an elephant.
He also checked a false Trump claim about coronavirus pandemic death rates by stating, “It’s not true, sir.”
Wallace will serve as the sole moderator for Tuesday’s debate between 74-year-old Trump and 77-year-old Biden at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.
It is the first of three debates ahead of the November 3rd elections.
Speaking to Fox News Radio, Trump said that while he had “a lot of respect” for Wallace, he was “willing to bet he won’t ask Biden tough questions.”
“He’s going to ask me tough questions, and it’ll show it’s going to be unfair,” Trump said. “He is controlled by the radical left.”
Fox News interviewer Brian Kilmeade backed out of Trump’s claims, saying that Wallace “is not controlled by anyone”.
“I don’t pull punches”
Wallace’s parents were born in Chicago on October 12, 1947, and separated as a child.
Raised by his mother and stepfather, former CBS News President Bill Leonard, Wallace didn’t meet his father until he was a teenager after his older brother’s accidental death.
After graduating from Harvard University, Wallace worked at The Boston Globe.
He joined NBC News in 1975 to begin a long and distinguished career in television news.
During his 13 years at NBC, Wallace covered the White House, anchored the NBC Nightly News and hosted the Sunday morning political talk show “Meet the Press.”
He left NBC in 1989 for rival ABC, where he hosted a show called “Primetime Thursday” and “Nightline”.
As a registered Democrat, Wallace joined Fox in 2003 and hosted the network’s Fox News Sunday political chat show.
In an interview published in June with the New York Times, Wallace was asked about Fox’s experience.
“Do I agree with some of the things I hear? Absolutely not,” he said. “In the end I decided that what I can do is important to me.
“I’ve never been thought of a guest I booked, a question I asked,” said Wallace. “I don’t draw strokes. I don’t play favorites.”
He moderated one of the 2016 presidential debates between Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, became the first Fox News presenter to do so, and received praise from both sides for his performance.
Wallace has received numerous awards over the course of his career, including an Emmy Award for a harsh interview with Vladimir Putin in 2018 in which he questioned the Russian leader specifically about the untimely death of his political opponents.
Wallace has four children from his first marriage and two stepchildren from his second marriage to Lorraine Smothers, former wife of comedian Dick Smothers.
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