Jon Stewart and 9/11 first responder John Feal joined Fox News’ Bret Baier tonight to react to the latest developments concerning the legislation to reauthorize the 9/11 victims compensation fund.
Senator Rand Paulblocked the Senate from approving the legislation through unanimous consent, saying, “It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in this country. Any new program that’s going to have the longevity of 70, 80 years should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable.”
The Washington Postreports that Senator Mike Lee has also “placed a hold on the legislation”:
A spokesman for Lee said the senator “fully expects the 9/11 compensation bill to pass before the August recess and he is seeking a vote to ensure the fund has the proper oversight in place to prevent fraud and abuse.”
MIAMI — There were high stakes! for NBC at night two of the Democratic debates down here in South Florida. Your humble Mediaite correspondent watched the second iteration of the 2020 carnival from the airy (and thank fuck, air-conditioned) halls of the NBC spin room, in the Ziff Opera House. There were some minor technical hiccups, but nothing as dire as Wednesday night’s, when Chuck Todd was forced to call an untimely commercial break after a painful few minutes of mic failures.
Hurdles for NBC presented themselves early. A source told Mediaite that there was a small panic moments before the debate as staffers had to rush to fill up the hall with bodies when they realized there wasn’t enough meat in the room. The broadcast managed to slap some makeup on that snafu, and it went unnoticed on air.
While NBC’s technical staff focused on smoothing out the broadcast, Continue reading "NBC Battled Brutal Technical Difficulties and Misbehaved Candidates. But Its First Debates Were a Success."
Fox News anchor Bret Baier voiced his sympathy for NBC News’ technical difficulties during the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night, saying the audio issues were “painful to watch.”
“The last moment that I chose was the NBC moment, and it was a painful one,” Baier began, adding that his team knows what it’s like.
“Live TV is tough,” Fox News anchor Shannon Bream added.
“Technical problems. Stuff happens,” Baier said. “Chuck Todd did the right thing, tossing to a commercial break. But it was painful to watch. We’ll take a listen, and then I got more painful right after.”
The “more painful” part was President Donald Trump’s response, as he ripped the network for the audio issue.
“They should be ashamed for having such horrible technical breakdown,” Trump tweeted in one of his two posts on the debate. “Unprofessional and only worthy of a fake Continue reading "Fox News’ Bret Baier Says He Felt For NBC After Debate Audio Issue: It Was ‘Painful to Watch’"
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s nomination for Defense Secretary has been withdrawn, a move coming amid the release of a disturbing report on domestic violence within his family.
The Washington Post report out today details an incident when his son attacked his ex-wife and the actions Shanahan––who spoke to the Post––took in the aftermath.
In a statement this afternoon, Shanahan said, “I would welcome the opportunity to be Secretary of Defense, but not at the expense of being a good father.”
On Fox News this afternoon, Bret Baier––who recently interviewed Shanahan––told Dana Perino it was clear he really wanted the job, and said this whole story is just very “painful.”
Perino said she’s confused, telling Baier, “He’s been serving at the Pentagon. He obviously has a clearance. Did the FBI not bring this up before? Is it because he was going to be the secretary they Continue reading "Fox News’ Bret Baier on Trump’s Sec Def Nominee: How Come Shanahan Family Background Wasn’t a ‘Red Flag?’"
Fox News anchor Bret Baier pressed Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan over President Donald Trump‘s deal with Mexico to avoid threatened tariffs, asking him “Is any of this new?”
Shortly after Trump raged about a New York Times story that said Trump’s deal “consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take,” McAleenan appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss the deal.
Baier started right in by asking McAleenan, following a report on the deal,”how much of this is new?”
“All of it is new,” McAleenan claimed. “I mean, we’ve heard commitments before from Mexico to do more on their southern border. The last time they deployed down there, it’s about 4 or 500 officers. This is a more than tenfold commitment to increase their security in Chiapas. That’s where people are entering from Guatemala in southern Mexico.”
According to the Continue reading "Fox’s Bret Baier Pushes Homeland Security Chief on Whether Trump’s Tariff Threat Worked on Mexico: ‘Is Any of This New?’"
Moments after a news conference from key House Democrat Jerrold Nadler, Fox News anchor Bret Baier reacted — stating his view that the die seems to have been cast.
Appearing on The Daily Briefing Wednesday, the Special Report anchor said that Democrats who were wavering on the prospect of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump are much more likely to commit in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s press conference.
“The Democrats who were on the fence, they’re probably not on the fence anymore,” Baier said. “They’re now going to call for impeachment. And you’re going to see this process probably drag out all the way until the election.”
Indeed, prominent Democrats including Sen. Cory Booker who had been hesitant to call for impeachment did so on Wednesday.
“Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” the senator tweeted.
Sen. Kirsten GillibrandContinue reading "Fox’s Bret Baier Says Mueller Presser Sealed the Deal: Dems on the Fence Are Now ‘Going to Call for Impeachment’"
In his initial reaction to Robert Mueller speaking out on his investigation, Fox News anchor Bret Baier said the special counsel’s announcement flies in the face of President Donald Trump’s insistence that he was completely exonerated.
In Mueller’s announcement, he said that because of Justice Department policy the special counsel didn’t have the option of charging Trump with a crime, but he also that “if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not.” In Baier’s response on America’s Newsroom, he said he was “struck by the tone and tenor of the remarks” and how very different they were from how Trump speaks about the report’s conclusions.
Fox News political analyst Brit Hume appeared on Special Report Monday to weigh in on Larry Kudlow contradicting President Donald Trump over whether Americans would bear the burden of an escalating trade war with China.
Kudlow, Trump’s chief economic adviser, contradicted the president when he said in an interview on Sunday that “both sides will pay” as a result of the president’s tariffs.
Hume noted that “it’s Republican orthodoxy to be against tariffs,” but that opposition to Trump’s tariffs amongst the party has subsided.
“Certainly the heartland of America will suffer and the agriculture sector that will suffer more than most,” Hume continued. “Whether that can be sufficiently offset with the kind of support that the president and his advisers are talking about, so as to prevent Trump from suffering at the polls in the election coming up remains to be seen.”
“But you’re right, paying off farmers in Continue reading "‘Trump is Wrong’: Fox News Analyst Brit Hume Sides With Kudlow on Tariff Clash"
Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) helped Fox News to a ratings win with a town hall event that led the night with 1.6 million total viewers.
Klobuchar appeared at an hour-long forum hosted by Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Wednesday night from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and according to Nielsen ratings figures, won the cable news timeslot race in both total viewers and the advertiser-coverted adults 25-54 age group, with 235,000 viewers in the key demo. The forum was also tops in overall viewers for all of cable television.
The performance of the event tracks with a previous Fox News town hall for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which posted 2,554,000 viewers total and 489,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic. The Sanders forum was also moderated by Baier and MacCallum.
Klobuchar is the second Democratic presidential candidate to appear on Fox News in a town Continue reading "Fox News’ Amy Klobuchar Town Hall Wins Timeslot in Ratings with 1.6 Million Total Viewers"
Senator Amy Klobuchar did a town hall on Fox News tonight and was asked at one point about the #MeToo movement and her reactions to both Justice Brett Kavanaugh and her former fellow Minnesota senator Al Franken.
Martha MacCallum questioned Klobuchar about her comment on Franken that “for some of these things, there should be due process, and I felt like this was one of them,” asking, “Why just for some of these situations?”
“I think for all of these situation you’ve gotta have a process that works,” Klobuchar responded. “I did feel that there should be due process and I feel that everywhere.”
MacCallum asked if she believes the #MeToo movement “has gone too far.”
“You look at things on a case by case basis,” Klobuchar said. “I don’t think it’s gone too far because I think we still have harassment going on in the workplaces. Continue reading "Klobuchar Defends #MeToo Movement, Questioning of Kavanaugh at Fox News Town Hall"
Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders bucked many of the network’s critics by appearing at an hourlong town hall moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Monday, and the result was clarifying on a number of fronts. Here are the lessons Democrats should learn from the Sanders town hall.
Sanders is getting generally high marks for his performance, and I would agree with analysts who say that overall, the net effect was positive for Bernie, politically. Particularly on the issue of health care, Sanders was effective at countering right-wing (Fox News) talking points. Democrats can learn a lot from his successes, as well as his missteps.
But there are also lessons to be learned about the Fox News moderators, and how their performance relates to the separate questions of whether Democrats should appear on the network, and whether the Democratic National Committee should reconsider allowing the Continue reading "Lessons Learned from the Bernie Sanders Fox News Town Hall"
President Donald Trump is catching some stick on Twitter after he used an odd turn of phrase, describing Fox News as “we.”
The “offending” tweet was a dig at the network’s decision to air a town hall with progressive Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, which he found to be remarkably chummy. Trump tweeted:
So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews. Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the “audience” was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?
Trump’s apparent passive aggressive criticism echoes similar comments made by Sean Hannity during his show that followed the Sanders’ town hall. Hannity dismissed the event, insisting that the town hall was full of “communist” ideas spouted by “crazy Bernie.”
But it was the literary use of the “royal we” that caught the attention of Twitter users whose comments assembled below
Fox News anchor Bret Baier shrugged off President Donald Trump‘s attack on the town hall event he held with Bernie Sanders on Monday night.
On Tuesday, Trump blasted his favorite network for giving an hourlong town hall to the Vermont senator and 2020 presidential candidate. He accused Baier of being “smiley and nice” during the event, which was co-hosted with fellow anchor Martha MacCallum.
This barb is just the latest shot Trump has taken at the news division of Fox News.
So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews. Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the “audience” was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?
Minutes into Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s town hall on Fox News, anchor Bret Baier asked the 2020 presidential candidate to cut out his criticism of the network.
Sanders himself has taken heat for appearing on Fox News, a move he defended as necessary to getting his message out to the broader electorate. But the Vermont senator made his qualms with Fox News clear at the town hall, leading to contentious exchanges in the opening minutes between him and his moderators, Baier and Martha MacCallum.
Early on, Sanders said that Fox News “doesn’t have a great deal of respect in my world.” A few minutes later, he criticized Fox News and the media overall for its fixation on personality over policy in presidential candidates.
When Sanders was finished answering, Baier paused questioning to ask Sanders to “get over” his disagreements with Fox News for the sake of the town hall.
Continue reading "Bret Baier Asks Bernie Sanders to Cut Criticism of Fox News at Town Hall: Can We ‘Get Over the Fox Thing?’"
Senator Bernie Sanders‘ Fox News town hall started off a little combative, and the senator knocked the network a few times as he laid out his policy proposals.
At one point, one woman in the audience brought up socialism and asked Sanders, “How can you challenge the idea that socialism is bad in the minds of the public?”
Sanders pointed to Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, remarking, “Ask them, not me.”
Baier wryly asked if this is “going to be a constant thing.”
Sanders said it wouldn’t, telling Baier, “You ask me fair questions, I will give you fair answers.”
He also made a point of addressing why he’s going on Fox News despite the DNC’s decision to not do any debates with them and other candidates not going on the network:
Fox News’ Bret Baier asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about the Republicans’ plan for health care after getting Obamacare repealed.
After asking McConnell for his response to Bernie Sanders‘ Medicare for All proposal, Baier asked, “Where is the GGP plan on health care?”
McConnell said he favors working on “niche fixes” to improve the current system, before saying next year there’s going to be a debate in America “about whether we want to turn America into a socialist country.”
“You backed off last week taking another run at trying to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Baier asked. “Did the president get too far over his skis there?”
“Look, we made that effort last Congress, it didn’t work,” McConnell responded. “Clearly the Democratic House is not going to pass it. So we’re not going to spend time in the Senate on things that have literally no chance Continue reading "McConnell on GOP/Trump Health Care Push: Won’t Spend Time on Things That Have ‘No Chance of Becoming Law’"
Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has agreed to appear at a Fox News town hall this month, despite the fact that the Democratic National Committee has blacklisted the network from hosting primary debates.
According to a press release from the network, Sanders will participate in a 1-hour town hall meeting on April 15th, which also happens to be the deadline for filing federal tax returns:
FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Monday, April 15th from 6:30PM/ET-7:30PM/ET in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Co-anchored by Special Report’s Bret Baier and The Story’s Martha MacCallum, the town hall will focus on the economy and jobs.
In March of 2016, Sanders notably participated in FNC’s only Democratic town hall during the 2016 presidential election cycle alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Nielsen Media Research, that Continue reading "Despite DNC Debate Ban, Bernie Sanders Will Appear at Fox News Town Hall on Tax Day"
Fox News anchor Bret Baier congratulated his colleague Jeanine Pirro for her weekend show’s ratings on Twitter today, just a couple weeks after a Muslim producer working for Baier publicly called out Pirro’s Islamophobia on Twitter.
“Congrats @JudgeJeanine on a big Saturday ratings win,” Baier tweeted this afternoon.
Early last month, Pirro received widespread condemnation for Islamophobic comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), in which she suggested the lawmaker cannot adhere to the U.S. Constitution because she wears a hijab.
“@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough?” tweeted Special Report with Bret Baier associate producer Hufsa Kamal Khan on March 10. “You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx.”
Continue reading "Bret Baier Praises Jeanine Pirro’s Ratings Weeks After Producer on His Show Called Out Host’s Islamophobia"
Rush Limbaugh appeared for the first time Thursday on Bret Baier’s Fox News show Special Report, and was given two full segments to rail against Democrats, the Mueller investigation, the media, and all the other perceived foes of President Donald Trump.
Limbaugh started off by gleefully slamming media coverage of Robert Mueller‘s report as a “distraction” from its bottom-line conclusion that Trump didn’t collude with Russia. (According to the attorney general’s summary, Mueller did not find sufficient evidence of a conspiracy between Trump and Russia.) He ended up tearing into Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), former FBI director James Comey, and many other Trump opponents, raving that “this whole thing is a manufactured coup” against the president.
“They are lying to the American people because they can’t give it up,” Limbaugh exclaimed, as Baier sat awaiting his chance to squeeze in more questions. “It is outrageous and Continue reading "Rush Limbaugh Rages at Bret Baier About Russia, the Media, Immigration: ‘We Are Being Invaded!’"
Rivals and colleagues in the cable news world are voicing their support for Fox News anchor Bret Baier following a serious automobile accident in Montana on Monday.
In his statement detailing the accident, Baier said the car he was in with his wife and two sons flipped over after a crash while en route to the airport. All four passengers went to the hospital, but have now been released.
Among those sending their well wishes to the Special Report anchor, the team over at MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
“Good man, and a professional,” said Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle.
Overall, there has been an outpouring of industry support. Here’s a sampling: