Fox News anchor and presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace said Friday that it was “childish” the way CNN chose not to show him onscreen during the candidates’ final showdown in Las Vegas.
Appearing on Fox’s New York affiliate’s “Good Day New York,” Mr. Wallace was asked by co-host Greg Kelly why CNN aired a split-screen of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the entire debate without ever cutting to the moderator, The Wrap reported.
“They also did that for the first and second debates,” Mr. Wallace responded. “I guess that’s Jeff Zucker, the head of CNN. My own reaction is its kind of childish — that if you don’t have somebody from your network there you’re going to pretend that the moderator doesn’t exist. It’s kind of bush league.”
Mr. Wallace was the first Fox News anchor to moderate a presidential debate, even though the Fox News Channel has been the most-watched cable news network since 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I was not just representing myself and my show, but my news organization in a way that I suspect that most of my colleagues at the other debates’ networks didn’t necessarily feel,” Mr. Wallace told the Times. “I had to do the job that I do and that a lot of my colleagues do everyday, to show people who take the easy way out and just dismiss Fox News and that they don’t understand what we do everyday and the kind of journalism we practice.”
After the debate, Mr. Wallace spent the rest of the night at dinner with friends and family at the Sinatra restaurant in the Encore Resort, the Times reported.
“For the first time in two weeks, I allowed myself a glass of wine, and it was more than one glass,” he said.