While other Fox News hosts have shown sympathy toward Indiana’s heavily-criticized “religious freedom” law, anchor Bret Baier shot down one of their talking points in an interview on Monday, Media Matters reported.
Last week, Baier’s colleague, Gretchen Carlson argued — inaccurately — that the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” as the law is known, is identical to a federal bill of the same name that was passed in 1993. In reality, as Baier said, the version signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence (R) has broader implications.
“In specific terms, Indiana’s law deals with a person who can claim religious persecution but that includes corporations, for profit entities and it could also be used as a defense in a civil suit that does not involve the government. That is broader than the other laws,” Baier told host Eric Shawn.
Shawn seemingly attempted to downplay the bill’s impact, telling Baier, “Obviously, it had good intentions. What do you think happened to make it kind of go off the rails this way?”
“There may be good intentions behind it but how it’s being interpreted is being a little bit more forward leaning than any other Religious Freedom Restoration Act on the books,” Baier replied.
Baier also referenced Pence’s awkward interview on Sunday with ABC host George Stephanopolous, during which Pence repeatedly refused to say whether the law discriminated against the LGBT communities.
“Obviously Mike Pence has been talked about as a governor thinking about a 2016 run. We don’t know if he’s going to do it or not,” Baier said. “But that interview with Stephanopoulos over the weekend was obviously not a great back and forth in defense of this law that likely is going to have to be at least tweaked, if not changed.”
Watch the interview, as posted by Media Matters on Monday, below.