Now that Chris Wallace has left Fox News for CNN, there aren’t too many down-the-middle reporters at the network. So Bret Baier remains a bit of an anomaly there. Baier was often willing to call out Donald Trump and regularly earned the ire of the former president.
Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Brian Kilmeade all do things a bit different. It was recently revealed that the 3 anchors all texted Mark Meadows during the insurrection, desperate for Donald Trump to stop it. This weekend, Baier was asked about his colleagues this Sunday.
Howard Kurtz asked, “Wouldn’t the public want these hosts who have interviewed Trump many times, who are mostly sympathetic to Donald Trump, to do whatever they could to get him to halt the violence?”
There was a lot of stir-up that day [last week] that we hadn’t been covering [the text messages] but we did on-air,” Baier responded. “The big thing was what critics said was the hypocrisy of what [the hosts] were saying privately on texts and what they were saying publicly on their shows. I called all three of them directly and said, what do you say about this? And they said we stand by everything we’ve said publicly and privately and we reported that.”
The Fox host continued, “Sometimes we have to report on things that are in the news that are us and it really stinks. Because I’m trying to never be the news and trying to report and cover things fairly. Sometimes it has to be us.”
What's Your Reaction?
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.