Bret Hot American Summer

Following the Dominion suit and Tucker’s exit from Fox, Baier’s journalistic bona fides now seem more valuable than ever.
Following the Dominion suit and Tucker’s exit from Fox, Baier’s journalistic bona fides now seem more valuable than ever. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images
Dylan Byers
June 21, 2023

On Monday night, as Fox News anchor Bret Baier was interviewing Donald Trump—memorably contesting many of the ex-president’s false claims, eliciting a possible admission of obstruction, and calling into question the one-time Apprentice star’s talent recruitment pedigree—the chattering classes who usually lament Fox’s toxic effects on American political culture rendered an opposing, near-unanimous verdict. In their estimation, Baier had conducted a masterful interview, a respectful but rigid grilling, an act of journalism that served as antidote to that inglorious CNN town hall. 

It was a pleasant reversal of fortune for Baier. Months earlier, after all, he had absorbed a reputational hit after the Glasser-Baker power couple revealed that he’d lobbied his network to rescind its pivotal Arizona-for-Biden call in 2020. Now, with a single interview, he seemed to be thrust back into Fourth Estate stardom, a veritable It Boy of journalism. At the very least, he was off the hook. “Hot for Bret Baier,” tweeted Brooke Hammerling, the veteran member of the tech-and-media P.R. in-crowd. “Never thought I’d say those words but wow. A masterclass in how to do an interview.”