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Fox News: Bret Baier, Chris Wallace Complained About Direction

Veteran newsmen bristled at the direction the network is headed, NPR reports

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Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Chris Wallace bristled at the direction the network is headed, skewing away from news and more towards a nearly full-time editorial bent, according to a lengthy report by NPR.

Baier and Wallace, according to the report, “shared their objections with Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and its president of news, Jay Wallace.” The objections eventually made their way to Lachlan Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of the network’s parent company, Fox Corporation. The report states that, according to a Fox News executive (and confirmed by The Wrap), Baier and Wallace’s contracts — which are set to expire next year — have not been picked up.

Fox News representatives declined to offer statements regarding Baier and Wallace, and Murdoch didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

NPR’s report comes the day after news broke that two longtime Fox News commentators, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, quit following the release of a trailer for Tucker Carlson’s Capitol Riot special report, “Patriot Purge,” which supports and amplifies false claims and conspiracy theories about the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

“It’s basically saying that the Biden regime is coming after half the country and this is the War on Terror 2.0,” Goldberg told NPR. “It traffics in all manner of innuendo and conspiracy theories that I think legitimately could lead to violence. That for me, and for Steve, was the last straw.”

While Hayes and Goldberg admit that they were paid for their appearances, and that offering commentary on Fox News is a goal of most conservative pundits, Hayes said the channel (and its various streaming apparatuses) went too far, particularly when it came to the “Patriot Purge” series. (The series was part of Fox News’ paid subscription service but ads for the program were aired on Fox News Channel.)

“I thought it was irresponsible to to put that out into the public airwaves,” Hayes told NPR.

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