On his morning program Fox News Sunday yesterday, Fox News host Chris Wallace did what no one on the left expected: he acted like a real journalist rather than a conservative talking head for the Republican party. In speaking with NRA spokesman and CEO Wayne LaPierre, Wallace asked about the now-infamous anti-Obama advertisement that targeted the President’s two daughters. When confronted, LaPierre tried to trot out the parents of the Newtown victims (despite the fact that they’re calling for the same gun control measures President Obama has campaigned for). Wallace didn’t let LaPierre off the hook with a flimsy response.
“They also face a threat that most children do not face,” Wallace said, referring to the President’s daughters.
“Tell that to the people in Newtown,” LaPierre responded.
“You really think that the president’s children are the same kind of target as every other school child in America?” Wallace said. “That’s ridiculous and you know it, sir.“
LaPierre became flustered at Wallace’s line of questioning – and understandably so since Fox News is normally a safe haven for gun enthusiasts to spout off nonsense about gun ownership and President Obama without being questioned. Wallace actually followed up and held LaPierre’s argument to the fire, making him explain his ridiculous justification for the ad.
Later on, in poking holes in LaPierre’s other arguments, Wallace points to the rich versus poor argument the NRA has used in saying Obama and others are hypocritical for having armed body guards.
“The rich, the elite…they have body guards, they have security” Wallace said.
“Sure, and Mayor Bloomberg has it – Mayor Bloomberg has body guards,” LaPierre responded.
“I’ll tell you someone else who has security,” Wallace said, leading into his point. “You do.”
LaPierre became flustered (again). “Sometimes,” he muttered.
After clarifying that he actually had security that specific day, Wallace continued his line of questioning, pointing out LaPierre’s futher hypocrisy. “Does that make you an elite…an out of touch elite because you have security?”
“I don’t deny anyone the right to security when they need it. What I’m saying is, it is ridiculous Chris, for all of the elites and all of the powerful and privileged and titans of industry to send their kids to schools where there is armed security. And access to semi-automatic technology.”
Wallce interrupts, “I don’t know anybody who has armed…I don’t know anybody ‘elite’ who sends their kids…my children went to the same school that the Obama children went to many years ago. There were no armed security guards.“
Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.