I have never been a big fan of Chris Wallace and this incident does not endear him to me any further. In an interview with Kellyanne Conway on Fox News Sunday, Wallace stepped over the line big time and asked Kellyanne a question that she rightfully deemed “inappropriate.” He asked her about the state of her marriage to attorney George Conway who is a vocal critic of President Trump.
George Conway has, among other things, called President Trump a narcissist and claims that he is “unfit for office.” That would be old hat except what makes his criticisms of particular interest to many in the media is the fact that he is married to White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway.
Wallace said it was what the overwhelming majority in the audience wanted to know. But frankly, it’s no one’s business but the Conway’s. They are allowed to have differing political views. That’s not uncommon. The only thing that makes them stand out here is the high-profile nature of Kellyanne’s position and her connection to Trump.
Wallace brought up several of George’s recent tweets during a Sunday morning interview with Kellyanne. He also went into Trump’s response to those tweets which was spirited, to say the least.
“I don’t want you to fight,” Wallace stated. “I guess the question I have to ask, bottom line, final question, has this hurt your marriage?”
Conway immediately shot back at Wallace, calling his question “inappropriate.” Which it was and you would think someone like Chris Wallace would know better than to go there.
Kellyanne let Wallace have it with both barrels: “What are you, Oprah now? What, am I on a couch and you are a psychiatrist? I think it’s a really inappropriate question, and here’s why. That’s the line over which nobody should have crossed. So, if you want to talk about policy issues, policy disagreement, the fact that George Conway, my husband, would prefer that I not work in the White House, I guess you can ask those questions. The president has weighed in, I’ve weighed in as modestly as I can. But now you’re asking a very personal question and I would say to you, you should go ask it of many people. I see messy lives living in glass houses all over both cities in which I live.”
That was warranted and a very good response.
“I’m surprised that people would ask that question,” Conway went on. She called out other media personalities who had asked similar questions regarding the state of her marriage, saying, “I have seen homewreckers on TV as marital experts all of a sudden. It’s very amusing to me but I think people knew they crossed the line when they’re talking about people’s marriages.”
“My family has a right to their private life also,” Conway said. “I have children who are 14, 14, 11 and nine. And the reason it gets so much coverage, particularly by the mainstream media, is because George Conway now agrees with them.”
Wallace apologized in the end, but he should never have crossed that line, to begin with. “As I said, I’m not comfortable asking it, it is what people are talking about,” he said. “If I offended you, I’m sorry.” This whole line of questioning has the tinge of gossip to it and is just plain rude.
It’s one thing to talk about policy, politics and current events. It’s quite another to dig into someone’s family life and marriage.