The Hollywood Reporter FOIA request uncovers Chris Wallace email about CNN rival Jake Tapper

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And there goes Fox News host Chris Wallace’s liberal street cred.

The “Fox News Sunday” anchor is at the center of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by the liberal advocacy group Democracy Forward, which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

(Funny how that works, no?)

Wallace apparently took exception to CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s line of questioning in a Dec. 17, 2017 interview with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Tapper, host of the CNN Sunday morning talk show “State of the Union,” delayed a discussion on the GOP’s sweeping tax bill which would pass two days later to ask the Treasury Secretary if he’d be “alarmed” if President Donald Trump fired then-special counsel Robert Mueller — this possibility was being bandied about in the media at the time.

After receiving a transcript of the exchange between Tapper and Mnuchin, Wallace “fired off an email to then-Treasury spokesperson Tony Sayegh,” THR reported.

“Is this right?” Wallace inquired. “Was the first question Tapper asked the secretary about the special counsel?”

“That is correct,” Sayegh answered.

“As much as I hate the expression ‘fake news’ — this is a perfect example of it — especially on the week the country gets a massive overhaul of the tax code,” Wallace then responded.

A CNN spokesperson effectively told THR that Wallace was like all the rest at the rival network.

“Turns out Chris Wallace is no different than many of his peers at Fox News. It’s disappointing that he’d need to take cheap shots at another journalist to curry favor with this administration,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

Never mind that cheap shots at Fox News personalities are a staple at CNN.

A Fox News spokesperson told THR that Chris Wallace is “proud of the tough and probing interview he did with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin in which he asked at least 10 questions about the tax bill that had just been passed, including whether wealthy Americans need all of those tax breaks and if the GOP tax plan will create a more complicated tax system.”

As for Tapper’s attempt to uncover dirt on the administration on national television, Mnuchin was not of any help.

“I haven’t heard anything about this, any firing, but we have got to get past this investigation,” he said. “I don’t have any reason to think that the president is going to do that, but that’s obviously up to him.”

For what it’s worth, Influence Watch reported that Democracy Forward is “a center-left litigation and advocacy nonprofit created in early 2017 by high-level Democratic Party operatives.”

“All of the board members and four of the five executive staffers at Democracy Forward are strongly allied with partisan Democratic Party and left-wing advocacy organizations, most notably the Center for American Progress, a think tank closely associated with the Democratic Party establishment.

“Democracy Forward’s board of directors consists of former Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential election staff and other Democratic Party operatives.”

Tom Tillison

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