Chris Wallace to Fellow TV Newsers: ‘We’re Not Players in the Game, We’re Umpires Calling Balls And Strikes’

By A.J. Katz 

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Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace was recently featured on Jim Parsons‘ weekly Sirius XM podcast, #jimparsonsistoostupidforpolitics.

The Big Bang Theory star and the acclaimed newsman discussed Pres. Trump, as well as the current state of the GOP.

“The Republican Party is becoming more the party of Trump at the end of the week than it was at the beginning of the week,” he told Parsons.

Then there was the news media.

While Wallace has been critical of Fox News colleagues who often make the media the lead story on their show, he also feels that other networks could indeed do a better job of covering Trump.

“There is some bias in their reporting, no question about it,” he said.

Wallace continued:

I think what I’ve seen from some people in other networks that bothers me is I think they view the fact that the president has sometimes gone over the line in his criticism of the media as an excuse for them to go over the line in terms of pushing back. And it seems to me that it isn’t important that we push back or we fight back, I think in fact that it’s a huge mistake, it puts us, makes us players in the game.

We’re not players in the game, we’re umpires calling balls and strikes…And I think if anything it emphasizes, you know it only reinforces the fact, that we need to tend to our knitting, do our reporting, be as straight as honest as accurate as we can be, and you don’t need to exaggerate, I mean there’s enough to report on this president you don’t need to offer opinions or put your thumb on the scale, just tell what’s going on, people can make up their own minds.

It’s a busy week for the Fox News Sunday anchor. In addition to his usual reporting duties for Fox News, he spoke this morning at the Tulsa Business Forum, which is presented annually by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, along with corporate sponsors.

Parsons previewed his chat with Wallace via Instagram last week.