If the first US presidential debate was a battle between a “granny” and a “bastard,” the second a romantic karaoke session between Clinton and Trump, then the third was all about Chris Wallace, the moderator—at least according to China’s internet users.
Wallace, a Fox News anchor and registered Democrat, is the son of the late broadcaster Mike Wallace, who was widely recognized over his four-decade career as a tough “interrogator” on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
In a 2000 episode, he sat down with then Chinese president Jiang Zemin and grilled him over the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and the Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on the Falun Gong—a group that practices meditation and breathing exercises—which the party classifies as a cult.
In the third and final presidential debate, Chris Wallace was referred to as the son of “America’s Wallace” on the Chinese internet.
Chinese news publications also specifically pointed out that the debate was moderated by Chris Wallace, even though many didn’t mention the moderators’ names in previous debates.