Bret Baier is among those Fox News hosts who have rejected a series of right-wing revisionist narratives about January 6th and the attack on Congress. He’s also reportedly spoken up to voice his concerns to the folks in charge when Tucker Carlson, who has a nightly opinion show, planned a special that would push conspiracy theories including the claim that the FBI was behind a ‘setup’ to trap Trumpers into violent and destructive behavior in the Capitol Building.
Fox News contributors have actually left the network and walked out over the airing of Carlson’s special, and while Baier isn’t one of them, The Wrap reports that he and another anchor, Chris Wallace, both complained to higher-ups at the network, and said they were unhappy with the direction the channel was taking.
In the clip below from Brian Kilmeade’s Fox radio show, you can hear Kilmeade question Baier about this, and while Baier confirms that there were concerns about the 1/6 special, he also indicates that it’s not a topic he wants to pursue so publicly, in fact, saying that he had hoped it could be handled internally within the network.
Fox News' Bret Baier is asked about reporting he objected to Tucker Carlson's special January 6th whitewashing program:
"There's, um, Brian, I don't want to go down this road … There were concerns about it, definitely." pic.twitter.com/kNX7D6FXJh
— The Recount (@therecount) November 23, 2021
Aside from the special, Carlson’s regular show has featured conspiracy theories about the attack, as well as guests (okay, Marjorie Taylor Greene) expressing empathy with the defendants in the riot, who claim they are the victims of political persecution. You can see a clip of Carlson’s special below, in which a sympathizer insists the attack was very law-abiding.
Tucker Carlson's January 6 special report had an interviewee say, with a completely straight face, that "Stop the Steal was the most law-abiding movement that this country has seen in modern times."See Also
(1/6 was a violent domestic terrorist event that has led to nearly 700 arrests.) pic.twitter.com/hNNMUqtd1s
— The Recount (@therecount) November 8, 2021
The justice system is continuing to work through all the cases stemming from that day, as a Congressional team subpoenas high-level Trump advisors and allies to determine exactly what might have been known in advance within the White House.
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