For those of you who are in the dark about the Chris Wallace interview of Bill Clinton on Fox News, here’s a link to watch the video. Just so you know where I’m coming from, I think it was one of the most effective frontal attacks on the Fox News conservative bias I’ve ever seen; plus Clinton exposed Wallace for asking one set of questions to him, and another set of questions to those more conservative. I spoke fairly clearly on Jessica’s blog on the same issue..
Some people call Clinton’s response angry, I call it someone finally speaking their mind in a principled and consistent manner without degenerating into baseless attacks…it was pretty obvious where Wallace was going, and Clinton willingly addressed his questions. We need more of that in this country.
But, predictably, the Fox News chief Roger Ailes suggested this morning that Clinton’s response was an “assault on all journalists”…trying to play the network as a victim.
Here’s the link to Ailes’ response.
If you’re one of those folks who gets all uptight about these political discussions without taking the time to step back and look at the situation, I’d urge you to watch the interview in its entirety before commenting. The call to truly listen to a situation, work through initial emotions, and then respond as best as one can is a laudable goal to work towards. Not uncritically supporting Clinton because you’re a self-identified “liberal” or uncritically slamming him because you’re a self-identified “conservative.” Show some layers and the ability to go deeper, and I’d love to talk.