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VIDEO: Fox host Chris Wallace defends Obama on Trayvon Martin comments, says the President believes in ‘teachable moments’

President Obama’s unexpected remarks about Trayvon Martin during a White House press briefing this morning has initiated a wave of criticism from right wing media, some of it unsurprisingly echoing from conservative commentators at Fox News.

But going against the usual narrative this Friday was Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, who said that he doesn’t see how anyone can claim the President is “stoking racial tensions.”

Fox Host Tracy Gallagher questioned Wallace as to whether he saw Obama’s statements as “risky,” to which Wallace replied that didn’t see it that way.

“I thought that the President was trying to put this in context and I think, to a certain degree, he was trying to explain, in a verdict that has been somewhat divisive in this country, why both sides feel the way they do,” Wallace said.

But the President’s remarks that most struck Wallace were in regards to his daughters and the younger generation in general, where he paraphrased the President saying they are “better than people of our ages where in the sense that they’re more color-blind.”

Wallace then praised the President for his “forthright” comments:

“Boy, I sure don’t see how you can read this as in any way stoking racial tensions. This is a president who believes in teachable moments, and I think he felt the desire to be on the record and say what he felt on these issues.”

Watch the video below.

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  1. Jim Slaughter

    July 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Chris had better watch it. Roger Ayles will fire him for not being radical right enough! Good for Chris though. He surprises me sometimes with his logic. The looney tune right wing politicians and commentators on Fox need to learn from Chris.

  2. Bob Cull

    July 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Roger Ailes must be having fits! I am not surprised that Faux News would try to spin it to put the President in a bad light but apparently Wallace didn’t get the memo. Good for him.

  3. Joshio Tzintzun

    July 20, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Chris has always gone against the norm at Fox and he has some balls of steel. Greta tries but Chris is really the only one that does this and I give him props for asking the tough questions that nobody else has the balls to ask look up his interview with Paul Ryan among other good ones.

  4. Michael D. Hattem

    July 20, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Sometimes I wonder how he still has a job at FOX News. Chris can be just as conservative as any of the other FOX hosts, but he has two things the rest of them don’t… a semblance of a conscience and a touch of rationality.

  5. Rita Hill

    July 20, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I am very pleased that Chris Wallace took the time to defend President Obama,s comments on the Trayvon Martin killing! Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh are a couple of ignorant loud mouths and I can,t believe that the Fox Network actually keeps them on the television and radio to spew their hateful, nasty garbage!!

  6. Farles

    July 20, 2013 at 8:01 am

    right. and the next time I happen to watch Wallace again, after hearing this more reasonable voice, I might be more inclined to listen. uhhh maybe.

  7. linda

    July 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Ok!! So maybe we should get Mr. Rogers fired. Racism comes from white supremacy. Once these old white men finally die off, then maybe we can get on with really making a difference for this country! I applaud Chris for using his brain and not being apart of his crazy counterparts who don’t have a clue!!

  8. JC

    July 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Wallace is probably the only person on that network with any background. His dad was a thoroughbred …

  9. Michael Wickler

    July 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    What channel do Fox viewers switch to when one of their key anchors uses a reason and logic that undermines their fearful hater storyline?

  10. Linda Warren

    July 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Fox “news less” is the left arm of the GOP and is for Shits and Giggles

  11. John

    July 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Wallace is sounding more intelligent and reasonable than the rest of Fox. His time is probably limited. Fox is the voice of dishonesty and misinformation, and perhaps Wallace just doesn’t fit in.

  12. LindaMethod

    July 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    This is so typical. I’ll bet if Obama didn’t come forth with honesty and sensitivity as he did, the talking heads at Fox would be all over that with venom and criticism, too. They are so patently prejudiced against Obama.

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