Excerpt: Fox News Anchor Bret Baier, whose home sale would be the most expensive in D.C. history if it fetches the listing price, hosts a news show on Fox, and therefore approaches political stories with more balance than the network’s well-known opinion programming. Yet Baier’s show, “Special Report,” has consistently misled the public about climate change, according to a 2021 analysis by Media Matters, a left-leaning watchdog group. From 2009 to 2021, nearly 88 percent of the show’s climate segments either spread misinformation or perpetuated false or misleading narratives about global warming, the report found.
For instance, Baier has featured the views of Marc Morano, a prominent climate change skeptic, at least 10 times. Morano said on “Special Report” in 2019 that a major U.N. report on nearly 1 million species facing extinction was about “politics, not science.”
“The climate denial of the opinion hosts is more overt because it’s coming straight from their mouths,” said Allison Fisher, director of the climate and energy program at Media Matters. “But I think what Bret Baier is doing is more insidious because he’s inviting other people on [his show] to either deny or downplay climate change or challenge the efficacy of solutions.”
More recently, in a December 2022 episode of his podcast, Baier hosted Reps. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) for a conversation about energy policy. Johnson called for America to boost its exports of natural gas, incorrectly asserting that this would benefit the climate more than widespread adoption of solar panels and other green technologies.