Fox News’ Bret Baier distances himself from Sean Hannity: 'Fox gets painted with a broad brush’

Fox News host Bret Baier distanced himself from fellow network star Sean Hannity on Tuesday, drawing a clear distinction between his news program and the opinion side of the Fox News Channel.

“Sean Hannity’s show is not ‘Special Report,'” said Baier, referencing his own program. “The problem sometimes is that Fox gets painted with a broad brush.”

Baier made the remarks during a panel hosted by Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz. Despite the comment, Baier still praised “Hannity,” the network’s highest-rated show.

“I think Sean Hannity, for what — his opinion, he does an amazing job with bringing forward his thoughts on things, similar to an opinion page of a newspaper,” he said.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: Bret Baier (C), Chief political anchor at Fox News speaks during a discussion with Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz (R) and Judy Woodruff (L), anchor and managing editor of PBS' 'NewsHour' on 'Americans and the Media: Sorting Fact from Fake News' January 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. The discussion was hosted by The Washington Post, The University of Virginia, and the Knight Foundation. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: Bret Baier (R), Chief political anchor at Fox News speaks during a discussion with Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz (L) and Judy Woodruff (C), anchor and managing editor of PBS' 'NewsHour' on 'Americans and the Media: Sorting Fact from Fake News' January 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. The discussion was hosted by The Washington Post, The University of Virginia, and the Knight Foundation. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 29: 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner: Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Bret Baier. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Bret Baier tees off at the 1st hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, CA on Friday, February 10, 2017. (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 459 -- Pictured: News anchor, Bret Baier, during an interview on December 8, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 459 -- Pictured: (l-r) News anchor, Bret Baier, during an interview with host Seth Meyers on December 8, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FOX News correspondent Megyn Kelly reporting on the Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016. Behind her is co-host, Bret Baier. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: Bret Baier of Fox News and his wife Amy arrive at a Nordic State Dinner May 13, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama and the first lady are hosting the heads of the five Nordic nations for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Fox News Anchor Bret Baier (L) and Amy Baier attend the Atlantic Media's 2016 White House Correspondents' Association Pre-Dinner Reception at Washington Hilton on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MARCH 03: Moderators (Lto R) Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace are introduced at the Republican presidential debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox Theatre on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the State's primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
An August 6, 2015 photo shows prime time Republican presidential primary debate moderator Megyn Kelly (C) flanked by fellow moderators Chris Wallace (L) and Bret Baier (R) moments before the candidates arrived on stage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Donald Trump has been disinvited from a Republican party event on August 8, 2015 over a suggestion that a debate moderator was tough on him because she was menstruating. The off-handed comment unleashed a new storm of criticism of Trump and put him in spin control mode as he sought to nuance his remark. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Bret Baier and Amy Baier attend the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Actor Bradley Cooper, left, and Bret Baier attend the Bloomberg Vanity Fair White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner afterparty in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The 101st WHCA raises money for scholarships and honors the recipients of the organization's journalism awards. Photographer: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Amy Baier and Bret Baier attend the 2015 Annual Garden Brunch at the Beall-Washington House on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Amy and Bret Baier arrive at the Gridiron Club Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 14, 2015. The annual dinner is a massive white-tie gathering of media and political elite. (Erin Schaff/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
TOWSON, MD -- MAY 9: MAGAZINE: Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier, is host of Fox News' top-rated cable news program. He also has a new book about his child's battle with heart disease. . (photo by Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: (L to R) Amy Baier, Paul Baier, Daniel Baier, and television personality Bret Baier leave the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on June 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Amy Baier (L) and Journalist Bret Baier attend the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Hilary Rosen and Bret Baier attend the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch at the Beall-Washington House on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Daniel Baier (L) and television personality Bret Baier enter the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on June 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier attends The Hill's and Entertainment Tonight's celebration of the 100th White House Correspondents' Association Dinner weekend at the Embassy of Canada on May 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: Amy Baier (L) and Journalist Bret Baier walk the red carpet at Google/Netflix White House Correspondent's Weekend Party at United States Institute of Peace on May 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Netflix)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: Amy Baier and Bret Baier attend the National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Kennedy' World Premiere at The Newseum on October 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: (L-R) Bret Baier, Beth Dozoretz and Amy Baier attend Art In Embassies 50th Anniversary Celebration at Smithsonian National Museum Of American History on November 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Fox News Channel anchor, Bret Baier, center, has his measurements taken by Ralph Quintanilla, right, for a suit at the channel's location on North Capitol Street NE on Thursday October 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. Baier has been losing weight in an effort to be more health conscience. He had been measured recently, but had lost more weight since then. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Fox News Channel personality Bret Baier, left, Susan Axelrod, chair and founding member of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), and Bret's wife Amy Baier, attend the 19th Annual White House Correspondents' Garden Brunch in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, April 28, 2012. This year's event will raise money for the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) and The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood organizations. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Fox News Channel anchor, Bret Baier adjusts his tie before cameras roll on the set of Special Report with Bret Baier at the channel's location on North Capitol Street NE on Thursday October 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. Baier has been losing weight in an effort to be more health conscience. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Fox news anchor Bret Baier has a production meeting with his staff prior to the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate features the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Fox news anchor Bret Baier at the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate features the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Fox news anchor Bret Baier has a production meeting with his staff prior to the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate features the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
Amy Baier and Bret Baier during Capitol File Magazine and Fox Celebrate the Launch of MyTv at Cafe Milano in Washington, DC, United States. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage for Capitol File Magazine)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: Amy Baier and Bret Baier attends salute to Brit Hume at Cafe Milano on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
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Baier said the news side of Fox News, which he represents, is like the rest of the media in its inability to land a substantive interview with President Trump. Baier himself is itching for another chance to interview Trump, who prefers the network’s friendlier opinion hosts.

“My requests, Chris Wallace’s request, for an interview with the president has not been answered,” said Baier. “I last interviewed candidate Trump almost 500 days ago and have asked every week since for an interview, sometimes twice a week.”

 

 

In an interview with the Associated Press in October, Wallace shared similar sentiments as Baier, and suggested that Fox News opinion hosts’ attacks on others in the news media were “bad form.”

“I don’t like them bashing the media, because oftentimes what they’re bashing is stuff that we on the news side are doing,” he told the AP. “I don’t think they recognize that they have a role at Fox News and we have a role at Fox News. I don’t know what’s in their head. I just think it’s bad form.”

You can watch Baier’s comments about Fox in the video above around the 23-minute mark.

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Fox News host Sean Hannity is seen in the White House briefing room in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2017.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Political commentator Sean Hannity speaks during 'Vegas Strong - A Night of Healing' at the Orleans Arena on October 19, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The concert benefits people affected by the October 1, 2017, mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 500 after he opened fire on the crowd. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: TV personality Sean Hannity attends The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Pundit Sean Hannity attends 'The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017' at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Arianna Huffington (L) and Sean Hannity attend The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)

Conservative TV and radio personality Sean Hannity gestures during remarks during the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual gathering of conservative politicians, journalists and celebrities at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2017.

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Fox News television personality and political commentator Sean Hannity speaks with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. Spicer held his second daily briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

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Conservative TV and radio personality Sean Hannity (R) welcomes White House advisor Kellyanne Conway to his show being broadcast during the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual gathering of conservative politicians, journalists and celebrities, at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S. February 22, 2017.

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Sean Hannity of Fox News takes a selfie with Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz and a young fan during a campaign event at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, Arizona March 18, 2016.

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Sean Hannity attends day 6 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City.

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Jeb Bush speaks while being interviewed by Fox News TV host Sean Hannity (L) at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland February 27, 2015.

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WWII Veteran Jack ten Napel, Sean Hannity, and Kirt Webster attend the Charlie Daniels 2015 Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena on August 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Sean Hannity (R) interviews former Vice President Dick Cheney (L) and his daughter Liz Cheney (C) regarding their new book at FOX News Channel's 'Hannity at FOX Studios on August 31, 2015 in New York City.

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Sean Hannity attends as U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination At The Freedom Tower at Freedom Tower on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida.

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Fox News Channel anchor Sean Hannity poses for photographs as he sits on the set of his show "Hannity" at the Fox News Channel's studios in New York City, October 28, 2014.

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Willie Robertson and Sean Hannity attend day 11 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2014 in New York City.

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Fox News Channel anchor Sean Hannity poses for photographs as he sits on the set of his show "Hannity" at the Fox News Channel's studios in New York City, October 28, 2014.

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Former presidential candidate Herman Cain, Sean Hannity conservative talk show host, Honoree Neal Boortz and Comedian Jeff Foxworthy backstage for The Boortz Happy Ending at The Fox Theater on January 12, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jeff Foxworthy and Sean Hannity during the FOX News 'Hannity with Sean Hannity' 15th anniversary show at Olympic Centennial Park on October 6, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Sean Hannity speaks during the 5th Annual Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on September 17, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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Talk show host Sean Hannity (left) shakes hands with Roy Innis, National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, during the 21st annual CORE Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ambassadorial Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Hotel & Towers.

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Sean Hannity and Larry Elder during Sean Hannity ABC Radio Show West Coast Broadcast at Redondo Beach Performing Art Center in Redondo Beach, California, United States.

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ABC Radio talk host Sean Hannity does his show live in front of an audience as Talkradio 790 KABC presents the 'Hannitization Tour '03 Sean Hannity Live!' at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on March 6, 2003 in Redondo Beach, California.

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