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Wallace v. Wallace: The "love" of a son for his father

From (the right-wing online propaganda arm) Newsmax:
"Fox News Sunday" anchorman Chris Wallace says father Mike Wallace has "lost it" - after the legendary CBS newsman told the Boston Globe last week that the fact George Bush had been elected president shows America is "[expletive]-up." "He's lost it. The man has lost it. What can I say," the younger Wallace lamented to WRKO Boston radio host Howie Carr on Friday. "He's 87-years old and things have set in," the Fox anchor continued. "I mean, we're going to have a competence hearing pretty soon." Wallace Jr. quickly dispelled any notion that he was joking. When Carr suggested that his comments were likely to be covered by NewsMax, he responded: "You know what? Fine. Go ahead. Call them. That's fine. I'll stand by that." Returning to the topic of his father's competence, Wallace Jr. explained: "He's checked out. I don't understand it," beyond the fact that Wallace Sr. has "problems with the war." "I don't know why he said what he said," he added. On Thursday, the elder Wallace told the Boston Globe that if he had the chance to interview President Bush, he'd ask: "What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious. You didn't want to travel. You knew very little about the military. . . . The governor of Texas doesn't have the kind of power that some governors have. . . . Why do you think they nominated you? . . . Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?" Still, despite his criticism, Wallace Jr. seems to have inherited some of his father's shoot-from-the-lip-style. Asked about DNC chair Howard Dean's recent prediction that the U.S. would lose the war in Iraq, Wallace told Carr:

"We are in a war. We do have 150,000-plus American soldiers over there. I mean, it's Tokyo Rose, for God sakes, going on radio saying we can't win the war."

About that family values thing that Faux News promotes so much... you know that one thing about "honor your father and mother." If your father disagrees with you, then you have him tested for competence? Wallace Jr. sounds ever bit as unhinged as his daddy. Perhaps Wallace Sr. is old enough to remember what happens when we follow our leaders blindly into war and ask no "tough" questions — that's what the Germans did. UPDATE 12:40pm CST: This story caught the eye of Malkinland. You can go there to see where she's previously maligned Wallace — senior, not junior (she wouldn't dare criticize a fellow wingnut). UPDATE II 1:57pm CST: Think Progress offers another take on the whole Wallace family affair.

On November 6, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace interviewed his father, CBS reporter Mike Wallace, about the elder Wallace’s new memoir. It was a real tear-jerker:

C. WALLACE: Well, it’s a great book. It is a great life. I couldn’t be prouder of both. And I love you.

M. WALLACE: I love you. And I’m proud of you.


C. WALLACE: After that, I had to remind myself there’s no crying in Sunday morning talk shows.

[Now enter the story from the top of this post.]
Judd at Think Progress: At Fox News, blood may be thicker than water, but nothing, it seems, trumps loyalty to the Bush administration.


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