At a network largely defined in the public consciousness by Tucker Carlson berating campus activists and Sean Hannity stumping for Donald Trump, Bret Baier is something of an anomaly. His nightly newscast, Special Report, is probably the closest Fox News has ever come to achieving the “fair and balanced” standard set by its original slogan.

While the show has attracted no shortage of complaints from press critics, Baier makes an effort to feature a range of Washington voices on his panels, and Special Report has become known among congressional Democrats as a (relatively) safe space at Fox—a show where they are unlikely to get ambushed with “gotcha” questions or wind up as partisan punching bags.

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