It was recently revealed that ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl was contacted by Fox News about replacing Chris Wallace.
The Daily Beast broke the news that Fox News made a push for Karl to be the replacement for Wallace, who abruptly left the network in December. According to The Daily Beast, “Karl, who has long yearned to host a Sunday show, had talks with Fox News execs about replacing Wallace on Fox News Sunday but ultimately passed.”
A Fox News spokesperson responded to the report saying, “We had very informal conversations with Jonathan Karl as we routinely have with many talent across all media—offers are never extended in these discussions, therefore nothing was declined.”
Fox News poaching the competition
For now, Fox News will continue the search for Wallace’s replacement to host Fox News Sunday.
It appears that the network is looking to poach talent from its competitors in ABC, CNBC, and CNN. Of course, that raises questions about how well anyone they bring in from those organizations will fit with Fox’s audience.
Of course, considering Wallace was a centrist who veered towards the left on many issues, bringing in someone from the mainstream liberal media isn’t going to be much of a change.
In an interview with the New York Times, Wallace explained why he no longer fit in at Fox News, and it all came down to political disagreements.
Wallace said, “I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion, but when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was January 6 an insurrection? I found that unsustainable. I spent a lot of 2021 looking to see if there was a different place for me to do my job.”
Wallace couldn’t stand that Fox News wasn’t sticking to the ideological dogma put forward by Democrats about the 2020 election, and he walked. Fox News should make it a priority not to replace Wallace with another anti-intellectual who wants to silence discourse on a controversial subject.
Big opportunity for Fox News
Fox News has a lot of housecleaning to do despite its image as the bastion of right-wing thought in the mainstream media.
Figures like Chris Wallace, who carried water for the left, would always fit in better at organizations like CNN. Fox News needs more figures like Tucker Carlson and Jesse Watters, not Chris Wallace.
A great in-house option to replace Wallace would be Bret Baier, who works as Fox News’s chief political correspondent. Elevating Baier would save the trouble of poaching someone like Karl and continue to legitimize Fox News’s conservative credentials.