Fox News host Bret Baier called out President Donald Trump for claiming that Fox News had “changed” after the conservative cable network released a poll showing him trailing behind four of the Democratic presidential frontrunners in the 2020 race.
“OK. Well, Fox has not changed,” Baier said in response to Trump during a segment from Monday’s edition of “Special Report.” “We have a news side and an opinion side. The opinion folks express their opinions. We do polls. Our latest poll had the Democratic candidates head-to-head, several of them ahead of President Trump. And this poll tracks exactly what the Real Clear Politics average of polls — even a little the other way — and this poll matches what we are seeing out there.”
“Mr. President, we’ve invited you on ‘Special Report’ many times. We’d love to have you back on,” Baier added. “You’ve talked to George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd. Come on back. Me, Chris Wallace, the news side cover it fair, balanced and unafraid.”
Baier was reacting to comments made by Trump to reporters Sunday in New Jersey, in which the president railed about a Fox News poll that showed him behind former Vice President Joe Biden (50 percent to 38 percent), Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont (48 percent to 39 percent), Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (46 percent to 39 percent) and Sen. Kamala Harris of California (45 percent to 39 percent). During the press conference, Trump heavily implied that the polls were somehow inaccurate.
“Fox has changed, and my worst polls have always been from Fox,” Trump told the reporters. “There’s something going on at Fox — I’ll tell you right now, and I’m not happy with it.”
“Fox was treated very badly by the Democrats — very, very badly having to do with the Democrats and other things. And I think Fox is making a big mistake,” the president added. “Because you know, I’m the one who calls the shots on the really big debates. I guess we’re probably planning on three of them. And I’m not happy with Fox.”
He later listed Fox personalities with whom he is pleased, remarking that “I’m certainly happy, I think, Sean Hannity, and Lou Dobbs, and I think Tucker Carlson, and Laura [Ingraham], and Jesse Watters and Jeannine [Pirro]. We have a lot of great people.”
This is not the first time that Baier has publicly rebuked Trump. After the president criticized Fox News for hosting a town hall with Sanders, the Fox News host responded, “Thanks for watching Mr. President – we’d love to have you on a town hall soon — or even an interview on @SpecialReport —it’s been awhile. We cover all sides.”
Speaking to Salon in January, Baier drew a distinction between Fox News’ straight news reporting and its opinion section.
“When it comes to the news side of FNC, it’s sometimes tough for some people who don’t watch Fox to realize there is an opinion side and a news side of the house,” Baier told Salon. “So when it takes me 592 days to get President Trump to sit for an interview and a little longer for Chris Wallace, some people just paint with a broad brush and lump us all together. The president has appeared frequently on many of our opinion shows.”
He later added, “I think every president hates their news coverage. Every one. They don’t think they get a fair shake because of one thing or another. This president not only hates the news coverage — and sometimes he’s justified — but he not only hates it, he visibly and audibly counterpunches and counterattacks, and it is a challenge. Chris Wallace talks about it really well, I think, in that we are 100 percent against the term ‘enemy of the people,’ but as Chris describes it and I totally agree with him, we have a responsibility to not go over our skis, to not let emotion or any kind of feelings about that factor in to how we cover him and his administration.”
Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report
The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.
"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."
Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.
The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.
"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.
Congress still has one big tool left to rein in Trump’s corruption: Oversight Committee Democrat
Senate Republicans may have managed to quash the impeachment trial without calling forth any new witnesses or seriously considering the evidence against President Donald Trump. And the president may feel vindicated and largely invulnerable as a result.
But, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, that doesn't mean Democrats don't have one last big play to rein in the president's abuses of power. They can use the first and strongest authority delegated to them: the power of the purse.
"What can Democrats really do when it comes to oversight of the president?" asked Cooper. "I mean, now that impeachment is over, does seem like there are fewer and fewer guardrails, if any."