Battlepanda: Wallace Family Values


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Wallace Family Values

Proof that intelligence is not hereditary? Here's Mike Wallace (dreeeeeaamy):
Q. President George W. Bush has declined to be interviewed by you. What would you ask him if you had the chance?

A. 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?

His son, Chris Wallace, works for Fox, so there is some difference in ideology here. O.K. But the following is both laughably off-base and uncalled-for:

"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.

That's right. People who disagree with you must be off their rocker. And if they're family, a handy way of dealing with that is to try declaring them incompetent! Certainly a lot easier than trying to engage with their arguments.