Fox News: Bret Baier Says Trump Looked 'Horrific' in Jan. 6 Hearings

  

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By:   Mia Jankowicz (Business Insider)

Fox News: Bret Baier Says Trump Looked 'Horrific' in Jan. 6 Hearings
Baier — not a Donald Trump loyalist — said the former president's inaction as an insurrection struck the US Capitol could do him real damage.

Murdoch suddenly hates Trump. It's about time...


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Fox News' Bret Baier speaking on MediaBuzz on Sunday. Fox News Redeem now

  • Fox News' Bret Baier said a January 6 committee hearing made Donald Trump "look horrific."
  • Baier, the network's top political correspondent, has made no secret of his critical view of Trump.
  • The scathing words came after damning editorials in two outlets owned by Rupert Murdoch.

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Fox News' Bret Baier said on Sunday that the picture painted by the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot made former President Donald Trump "look horrific."

Baier, the network's chief political anchor, spoke on "Media Buzz" in reaction to Thursday's session, which centered on 187 minutes of the January 6, 2021, insurrection and Trump's actions and communications in that time — including remaining publicly silent as the violence unfolded.

"Laying out all these 187 minutes makes him look horrific, it really does," said Baier, who has long been a critic of Trump. He added that the contrast between Trump's inaction and then-Vice President Mike Pence's attempts to coordinate the administration was "very telling."

"To hear it and see it in that chronological order can be very powerful," he said.

Baier said the hearings highlighting criticism by former Trump supporters and members of his administration — such as the former deputy national security advisor Matthew Pottinger and the former deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews — were especially persuasive.

"All of these people who have been testifying at one point or another wanted Trump to win," Baier said. "They served under his leadership. They wanted him to be a success."

Whether it changes the view of Republican voters is another matter, Baier said.

"The charges are that it's just not balanced," he said, in reference to criticism that the hearings are one-sided. (A congressional committee hearing is supposed to publicize already-established findings, and Republican leaders boycotted involvement in the committee.)

Baier also called for more information on exactly what Trump said about mobilizing the National Guard in advance of the riot. If Trump had taken such action, Baier said, "it kind squelches or downplays the thought that he wanted this insurrection."

The Washington Post, with access to some of those conversations, reported that Trump never ordered the troops.

Baier's criticisms of Trump on the Rupert Murdoch-owned network were not unexpected, despite Fox's strongly conservative leanings.

But they by no means reflect the network's mainstream view. Fox News' most watched opinion host, Tucker Carlson, invited the Trump strategist Steve Bannon onto his show Friday just hours after Bannon had been found guilty of contempt of Congress for not complying with a subpoena by the House select committee.

Bannon called for a "real" hearing, baselessly saying the bipartisan committee was presenting "lies and misrepresentations."

But last week's hearings prompted scathing editorials from two other Murdoch properties: the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.

"Trump failed," the Journal's editorial board wrote Friday.

"Trump's silence on January 6 is damning," the Post's editorial board wrote.

Two instances of clear Trump condemnation from outlets that had been reluctant to criticize him were seen by some commentators as a sign Murdoch might be shifting further against Trump.

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JBB
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    3 weeks ago

Fox Nrws, The NY Post and Washington Times have all recently and finally denounced El Trumpo...

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  JBB @1    3 weeks ago

the big money operators are finally cutting their losses and abandoning the loser before the shit storm hits.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
PhD Quiet
1.1.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  devangelical @1.1    3 weeks ago

i still want to see him shoot someone on 5th Avenue, preferably, a former potUS

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
1.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1.1.1    3 weeks ago
i still want to see him shoot someone on 5th Avenue, preferably, a former potUS

Why do you want see anyone shot, even a former potUS?

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1.2    3 weeks ago
Why do you want see anyone shot, even a former potUS?

Ignorant bloodlust?

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
PhD Quiet
1.1.4  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1.2    3 weeks ago
Why do you want see anyone shot, even a former potUS?

Because TOO MANY Honorable men and Women sacrificed so much blood and treasure without pleasure to attempt to form a 'more perfect union', in that which they did succeed, and had preserved, protected, and prolonged it's existence fairly well for many years, till Trump attempted tears, ripped down his fat cheeks, of the phat ASS that  believes his scumbag self absorbed toxic sponge bobbin n Robbin US and they, of that which was fought so hard to obtain, taken away, by one so vein, intravenously insane, just follow his trax at the kris Cross in sections and Jeff Hat trick Sessions  'spitting' on things quite grave, cause only one Trump would ever attempt to save, and he just IS NOT WORTH IT. He is a piece of shit, and a DISGRACE OF A FCKN HUMAN BEING, and some of US R Quite sick of seeing 45 still alive with all that he and his perverted posse of pussy grabbin back stabbin dickheaded us in the wrong direction dereliction of defiled duty dodging Hodge podging  parasitic partisan pileed high used prophylactic  acid slipped while dropping recognized while disguised dudes of disgust, as discussed was division headed by and to debutant's dead set on   deniers of that which would be true, because Trumps Circle is a cesspool of a whirling pool dirtied waters drunk by the following s pool to kool the masses, cause that would be GRAPE, and takev away the G, and watt have you GOT, a warped mind find fondler of children and whatever kind, cause the accused Raper, Paint eatin scraper of all things bottom, has hit it, for Me, cause HE, ain't for OUR UNITED STATES    Me

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
PhD Quiet
1.1.5  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.3    3 weeks ago
Ignorant bloodlust?

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Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
1.1.6  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1.1.5    3 weeks ago

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Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
1.1.7  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1.1.4    3 weeks ago
Because TOO MANY Honorable men and Women sacrificed so much blood and treasure without pleasure to attempt to form a 'more perfect union',

That's why you want to see someone shot in NYC? 

till Trump attempted tears, ripped down his fat cheeks, of the phat ASS that  believes his scumbag self absorbed toxic sponge bobbin n Robbin US and they, of that which was fought so hard to obtain, taken away, by one so vein,... cause that would be GRAPE, and takev away the G, and watt have you GOT, a warped mind find fondler of children and whatever kind, cause the accused Raper, Paint eatin scraper of all things bottom, has hit it, for Me, cause HE, ain't for OUR UNITED STATES    Me

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Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.8  Texan1211  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1.1.5    3 weeks ago
ignorant FOOL

That would ALSO explain it! Good job!

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1.9  Tessylo  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1.1.5    3 weeks ago

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afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
1.2  afrayedknot  replied to  JBB @1    3 weeks ago

“El Trumpo...”

The would be dicktator [sic] of his and his followers delusional dreams. The rats are jumping ship. 

A banana republic we are not. Let us learn from this escapade lest we unwittingly slip on the peel. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.3  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1    3 weeks ago

Is THIS story true?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2  Kavika     3 weeks ago

Rupert Murdoch-owned entities spoke out against Trump!!! Will miracles never cease, wait the Pope is in Canada (close enough)

HALLALEHAH!!!!!

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
3  TᵢG    3 weeks ago
"Laying out all these 187 minutes makes him look horrific, it really does," said Baier, who has long been a critic of Trump. He added that the contrast between Trump's inaction and then-Vice President Mike Pence's attempts to coordinate the administration was "very telling."

Agreed.   Counter testimony would have to show that Trump did not refuse to act in response to the pleas from advisors, family and 'friends'.   This is unlikely give the very fact that these pleas had to be issued from so many illustrates a malicious choice by Trump to not uphold his oath of office.  Not only did he not act, but he communicated via tweet yet another sickening lie that Pence had failed to do his duty thus adding fuel to the fire.

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Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  TᵢG @3    3 weeks ago

That's the thing. Mike Pence showed a lot of courage to go against his boss and do the right thing. trmp is the one with no courage

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
4  TᵢG    3 weeks ago

Looks like the naysayers who try desperately to get people to not watch these hearings are not prevailing.   The media certainly seems to be paying attention.   Apparently it is indeed possible for some to realize that even though this political committee is partisan (big fucking surprise) that the evidence presented is quite the opposite.   The key evidence is testimonies providing insider information via under-oath testimonies by high-ranking, connected Republicans who compromise their political careers to testify.

Trump's side of the story is not being evidenced but that is no reason to flat out ignore the very credible testimony of these Republicans.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
5  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

A few days ago I made an article asking right wingers to give Trumps side of the story.

One conservative showed up , and did not offer a "Trumps side of the story", but rather complained about the Democrats. 

I'm starting to think there is no other side to Trumps story. 

Bret Baier is a hack who will praise Trump again at first opportunity. Right now he stuck his finger into the wind. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
5.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @5    3 weeks ago
Bret Baier is a hack who will praise Trump again at first opportunity. Right now he stuck his finger into the wind. 

Last month,  Baier praised the elected those who have testified before the Jan 6 Committee:

“This testimony shows not only the Arizona House speaker — all of the state officials, these officials in [the Department of Justice], who again were working for President Trump, stood up saying, ‘we have an oath to the Constitution,'” Baier said during Fox’s coverage of Thursday’s hearing.

Earlier this year, NPR reported that Baier and Chris Wallace, were concerned after seeing Tucker Carlson's three-part series on the Jan. 6.  They then shared their objections with Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace, president of news. 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
6  Greg Jones    3 weeks ago

"Bret Baier is a hack who will praise Trump again at first opportunity."

No Bret won't. You refuse to accept the reality of Trump's slow motion political demise.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
6.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Greg Jones @6    3 weeks ago

You refuse to accept the reality of Trump's slow motion political demise.

Trump refuses to accept the reality of Trump's slow motion political demise.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
7  Ender    3 weeks ago

Baier is actually walking around the situation. He looks bad BUT the committee is partisan. He looks bad BUT if he ordered the National Guard it showed he was against what happened.

Typical republican. Admitting the optics are not good yet still trying to throw in some what ifs...

 
 

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