Leading up to the 2012 election, Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” was one of the must-see programs for politics junkies. Baier himself was tapped to co-anchor the channel’s election coverage alongside Megyn Kelly.
The election may be over, but “Special Report” continues to generate strong viewership, averaging nearly two million viewers per day. This month, the program will mark 50 months at number one in cable news at 6 PM.
Without an election to preview, the political stories Baier and his team cover have been varied, but there is an underlying theme that Baier says is exemplified by his show’s coverage of policy like sequestration.
“I think that is where our bread and butter is, taking something that is complicated, and making it easier to understand,” Baier tells TVNewser. “Not talking down to the folks who really understand this stuff, but also making sure that everybody gets it.”
The program also looks outside the beltway for stories that are not in its political wheelhouse, but that people are talking about, like the Manti T’eo Hoax story.
“That is not a story that normally fits with special report, but we did it,” Baier says. “We are letting the news drive the show, we are not letting a strict formula of politics-centric do it.”
“Special Report” has changed a bit since Baier took over for Brit Hume in 2009.