Chris Wallace WRECKED At His New CNN Job

During a ‘heated’ interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones, CNN’s new hire Chris Wallace scoffed at Hannah-Jones’ claims that the generation that fought in World War II suppressed democracy brutally for black Americans.

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CNN’s streaming service featured Wallace’s interview with Hannah-Jones on Wednesday night. While the discussion was civil, Wallace admitted that at times, the fire got a little hot.

A passage from Hannah-Jones’ Pulitzer-winning New York Times series, which aims to reframe history to emphasize slavery’s consequences, was read on CNN+ during the interview.

According to the passage: ‘Without the idealistic strenuous and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different. It might not be a democracy at all.’

‘We like to call those who lived during World War Two, the Greatest Generation, but that allows us to ignore the fact that many of this generation fought for democracy abroad, while brutally suppressing democracy for millions of American citizens.’

In response, Wallace asked: ‘Again, I am in no way minimizing our terrible racial legacy. But in some of these things, aren’t you overstating?’

Hannah-Jones shot back: ‘If you have half of the country, where it’s in some states majorities, in many other states pluralities, 25 percent of the population, 40 percent of the population cannot vote, have their vote violently suppressed, where they’re a single one-party, one-race rule in a region where about 30 percent of the population is black. Would you consider that democracy?’

‘I agree with that. I’m just not sure that I would say that if it weren’t for blacks, that there wouldn’t be a democracy at all,’ Wallace answered.

Specifically, Wallace rejected the claim that young men who ‘came out of ethnic neighborhoods in Brooklyn and South Philly to storm the beaches of Normandy’ contributed to ‘brutally suppressing blacks.’

‘Well, they were,’ Hannah-Jones replied.

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Wallace retorted: ‘No, they weren’t – you’re telling me that a farm, that a kid coming off a farm in Indiana or a kid who came from Brooklyn, was suppressing black people?’

‘Indiana has the largest population of the Klan in the United States,’ Hannah-Jones responded, igniting a heated argument.

Hannah-Jones was accused by Wallace of portraying with a ‘broad brush the 20- and 30-year-olds who defended democracy’ in a negative light.

‘A 30-year-old is a fully grown person who can serve in Congress,’ Hannah-Jones responded. ‘These are not babies.’

‘We have to be more honest about piercing that mythology not to destroy our country, but if we can honestly face who we are, then we can actually become the country that we want to be,’ she added.

‘Ask a black person whose view of the Greatest Generation was black people are getting lynched…having these gauzy narratives about the Greatest Generation doesn’t help us confront the facts.’

Her response was praised by Wallace, who said ‘this is just what this is here for.’

The tense exchange occurs as Discovery signs an agreement to merge with CNN parent WarnerMedia, amid executive changes that could see the cable network move toward the political center.

In advance of the merger, nine senior executives from WarnerMedia announced their departures, including the company’s chief executive Jason Kilar and Studios and Networks chief Ann Sarnoff.

Merger talks between Discovery and WarnerMedia are expected to wrap up on Friday. Discovery CEO David Zaslav will lead the new company.

Wallace joined CNN+ in December, after serving as an anchor for Fox News. In addition to the streaming service, Wallace has been conducting one-on-one interviews on his weeknight show Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace.

A not-so-newcomer to controversy, Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the 1619 Project.

The work was published in August 2019 in honor of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia. Academics have criticized the claims in it and have been angered by others who regarded it as unpatriotic.

Associated Press reported in December that Hannah-Jones was unsurprised by the ongoing debate.

‘We’ve been taught the history of a country that does not exist,’ she stated.

‘We’ve been taught the history of a country that renders us incapable of understanding how we get an insurrection in the greatest democracy on January 6.’

In her opinion, America is ‘willfully’ avoiding its complex and tumultuous past, explaining why her work is so contentious.

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‘Steps forward, steps towards racial progress, are always met with an intensive backlash,’ she added.

‘We are a society that willfully does not want to deal with the anti-blackness that is at the core of so many of our institutions and really our society itself.’

She has ignited intense debate over how history should be taught in schools.

Over the past year, Critical Race Theory has enraged parents and inflamed school board meetings by analyzing race and its impact on society. It questions whether racism is embedded within legal systems and policies.