On Fox News, guest Ken Starr who was the Independent Counsel in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton spoke about the illegitimacy of the current impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
But Fox News correspondent Chris Wallace differed and let Starr and the audience know.
Watch the interaction here.
Chris Wallace crosses Ken Starr over Trump impeachment youtu.be
And while Wallace made very specific points to Starr, Starr responded with the same circular logic and rhetoric that Wallace had just unraveled and challenged.
While no one expects an unbiased or factual response on Fox News from their hired conservative pundits, people are applauding Wallace for pointing out the hypocrisy live on air.
"I just want to push back a bit, respectfully, but that's what we do here at Fox, on Ken Starr and Andy McCarthy, but particularly Ken Starr on his characterization of this process and what we heard today."
"When he was speaking just a couple of moments ago, he said that the presentation of the case against the President is narrow, prosecutors look at the world through dirty windows, it's slanted."
Wallace laid out what Starr said about the current impeachment proceedings.
"When you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether or not the President had lied under oath about sex, I'm not talking about whether or not this story is true or not, but the allegation that President Trump conditioned support for a key foreign policy ally on political benefit to him strikes me as not narrow, but far broader than the Clinton impeachment and the effort that was made by you and Republicans then to impeach him."
"And in addition, you said earlier today that, well, there's no prospect that this is ever going to go anywhere in the Senate, as if that should somehow affect the way that the House proceeds."
The veteran newsman then compared Starr's objections to the Clinton impeachment that he vehemently promoted.
"There was certainly never any prospect that Bill Clinton was going to be removed. It seems that there's a very different standard in how the Clinton impeachment went and how this impeachment is being judged."
"This seems to be about a much bigger issue, whether or not you believe the President did it is a different issue, but is seems to me it's about an issue of foreign policy, national security, the security of our elections. It's a much bigger issue than whether or not Bill Clinton lied about sex."
People saw Wallace's points about the hypocrisy of the pundits featured on Fox News.
Chris Wallace nails Ken Starr: “When you compare this to the Clinton impeachment...whether the President lied under… https://t.co/aKCWp1AMkX— Jesse Lee (@Jesse Lee) 1575912265.0
@JesseCharlesLee @neeratanden Damn, he sure did. Thanks for posting it. Partisan hypocrisy.— FelixBonadio (@FelixBonadio) 1575913477.0
Although many felt the message would be ill received by Trump and other core Fox viewers.
What are the chances that #Cult45 is taking Chris Wallace seriously? Fox is gonna lose viewers to the new propaganda channel ONN
— Mark (@markfields) December 9, 2019
Wallace needs to leave FOX. Pull a Shep Smith because he's way to good for that network.
— Maxx Grey (@maxxgreycosplay) December 9, 2019
Wallace gonna get fired soon if he keeps up with those facts!!!
— Ski (@SkitheCF) December 9, 2019
@BrianWKemper @JesseCharlesLee @KevinMKruse I do. I don't know how he can stand working there.— Terrie Hug (@Terrie Hug) 1575925061.0
Others disputed Starr's recollection of the facts of his Clinton timeline from the over three year investigation into all aspects of Bill and Hillary Clinton's lives that resulted in the discovery of an extramarital affair by the President, but no other wrongdoing.
@schaller67 @JesseCharlesLee @KevinMKruse Your students know more than you do. The "crime" was ludicrous and comple… https://t.co/tKvHNJgq9p— Jay Louis (@Jay Louis) 1575936437.0
@MLMucci @JesseCharlesLee Ken Starr had closed up shop before he got a hold of the affair information. He had noth… https://t.co/gHL1dtRG31— Jen (@Jen) 1575913082.0
While others summed up their own thoughts on the impeachment of President Trump.
Every decent & intelligent American realizes that #Trump is guilty of conspiracy/obstruction/bribery. The evidence is clearly overwhelming. IF YOU do not realize that by now then you are most likely willfully or profoundly ignorant, lacking decency ,or a member of the #TrumpCult
— Mypallymac (@Mypallymac1) December 9, 2019
Both sides are currently making their cases for and against the impeachment of President Trump. But in the court of public opinion, the sides seem pretty clearly drawn and are unlikely to change their minds based on Fox News rhetoric or the occasional interspersed facts.