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Fox News’ Bret Baier Tells Kimmel Defending CNN Reporter Was ‘No Brainer’: You Must ‘Stand For Access’

Fox News anchor Bret Baier sat down with Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night to promote his new book Three Days in Moscow.

Kimmel began by thanking Baier for reaching out to him after his son’s heart surgery as many of his colleagues at Fox News were “attacking” him for weighing in on the health care debate. Baier explained to the audience how he himself went through the same thing as his own son had three open heart surgeries and nine angioplasties.

They then discussed Baier’s defense of CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, who was barred from a White House event last week for attempting to ask tough questions to President Donald Trump, something Kimmel called “reassuring.”

“It was a no brainer,” Baier told Kimmel. “I’m on the news side of the house and you have to stand for access, this is a credentialed person… and to Fox News’s credit, they stood up right away.”

When asked if anything like that had happened before, Baier cited an instance during the Obama administration attempted to deny Fox News access and CNN anchor Jake Tapper vouched for his network.

“Does the president watch your show?” Kimmel asked.

“I know he watches my show,” Baier answered firmly, “because we have a panel discussion and it’ll be on a topic and then suddenly a tweet will come out about that topic. And during the panel, I’ll say, ‘Just in: the president says x, y, and z.'”

On the subject of conflating the news and opinion sides of Fox News, the Special Report host told Kimmel that the people “most critical” of his network usually have never watched news programs like his.

“So I say watch my show three times, drop me an email, let me know what you think, and tell me if it’s fair,” Baier said.

Watch the clip above, via ABC.

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