Megyn Kelly has criticized the media for failing to ask sufficient questions about Hunter Biden‘s business dealings – pointing out that the moderator in the September 2020 presidential debate shut Donald Trump down when he tried to press Joe Biden on the issue.
Hunter Biden’s business dealings have become a lightning rod for Joe Biden’s critics, and Kelly said the media failed to grill the Bidens on the issue.
Speaking on the latest episode of her podcast, broadcast on Tuesday, Kelly said she was shocked when Chris Wallace – her former Fox News colleague and the moderator of the September 2020 debate – refused to allow Trump to grill Biden on Hunter’s businesses.
‘He raised the corruption of Hunter, and I remember him being shut down by Chris Wallace at the time,’ said Kelly.
‘It was remarkable.’
Megyn Kelly on Tuesday accused the media of protecting Joe Biden from questions about his son Hunter – pointing out that Chris Wallace, when moderating a September 2020 presidential debate, refused to let Donald Trump quiz Biden over his son
Kelly, who moderated multiple debates in 2015 and 2016, famously sparring with Trump, said that it was good to allow the candidates to argue with each other.
She said on Tuesday she was shocked that Wallace would not let Trump quiz Biden on his son.
‘He wouldn’t let him Trump berate Joe Biden,’ said Kelly.
‘He wouldn’t let him pummel him. ‘Give me a real answer. I don’t believe what you’re saying.’ Great. Let Joe Biden hold his own. Let Joe Biden fight.
‘Let Trump say, ‘That’s not true. He didn’t do this? Give me an answer.’
‘He kept protecting Joe Biden.’
Kelly referenced the September 2020 presidential debate, moderated by Chris Wallace, which saw Trump barely allow Biden to answer questions
Moderator Chris Wallace attempted to retain order at the September 29, 2020 event in Cleveland, Ohio
Kelly said that Wallace’s behavior supported her belief the election in 2020 was ‘rigged’ because it was weighted in Biden’s favor.
‘From the laptop lies and the shutting down, of course, of the New York Post reporting to this moment, right here on the presidential debate stage with millions of eyeballs watching the two candidates hash out an issue that the mainstream media wouldn’t cover.
‘So Trump raised it and tried to have a debate with the guy on it. That’s not unfair. He’s right there. Let him answer for himself. That’s fine. You can have a snappy back and forth.
‘And he [Chris Wallace] kept shutting it down, shutting it down.’
Kelly’s guest Maureen Callahan, a DailyMail.com columnist, agreed and said that the media ‘had its thumb on the scale the whole time’.
Callahan added: ‘It was so obvious what was going on.’
She said there was ‘protection, like a force field around Joe Biden – don’t ruffle his feathers, let’s get him through this election, so we can get back to normalcy.’
Callahan said the media had protected ‘a proven liar, a plagiarist, a fabulist.’
Maureen Callahan, a DailyMail.com columnist, appeared on Kelly’s show on Tuesday and agreed that the media was ‘protecting’ Biden
Kelly nodded, and said a similar situation occurred when Trump tried to raise the issue of Hunter Biden’s business dealings on 60 Minutes.
‘You have to feel for Trump. He tried. He put himself out there with 60 Minutes, adversarial media on the debate stage trying to raise it in every turn.
‘The answer from the left wing press was ‘No. You can’t even talk about it.’
Kelly’s criticism of Wallace is in contrast to her response at the time.
In October 2020, she said Wallace should have done even more to shut Trump down, and stop him interrupting Biden.
‘During the first presidential debate between Trump and Biden, Wallace did need a mute button,’ she told People magazine.
‘And more than that, he needed to control the cameras. I would’ve said, ‘I’m not anchoring it unless you make sure I have control of the cameras and the mics.’ And it’s a tool you only need to, and only should, use maybe once. Twice at most.’
‘But constantly interrupting is too disruptive to the viewers.
‘That’s who I am here representing.
‘So I’m going to keep their backs protected, and when you get out of hand this is what I’m going to do.’