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Bret Baier revisits Florida 2000 in Fox News special

This is one report I want to see: Bret Baier in a Fox News look back at Florida in the presidential election of 2000. That's' the vote and recount that made hanging chads a household term.

The reason I'll be there tonight at 9: This is one of the great not-so-fully-explained game-changing moments of recent history, and I want to see how Fox News handles it. Even Fox-haters should be interested in that - if they have any intellectual curiosity. But, furthermore, Fox has made a great effort to present Baier as a down-the-middle journalist rather than ideologue. And I want to see what kind of role he plays as host of this special in telling this controversial narrative.

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Here's the release and a video clip (click ahead after viewing for analysis of where Baier fits in the Fox News hierarchy):

FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a special, "Fox News Reporting: 36 Days That Decided the Presidency," hosted by Bret Baier on Saturday, December 11 at 9:00 PM/ET and again Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 PM/ET. This one-hour program takes an in-depth look at the 36 days in which then Texas Governor George W. Bush and Vice-President Al Gore where separated by a thin margin to win the Presidency in the 2000 election. It features firsthand accounts of the Florida recount from Bush advisor James Baker and head of Gore's legal team David Boies. Additionally, Fox News' Brit Hume, John Moody, Jim Angle, and Carl Cameron describe covering the recount and its 47 lawsuits.

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Just seeing the 30 second clip makes me crazy again. Someone asked me last week what one political interview I would most like to have these days. It might not top the list, but having a candid conversation with an insider like Karl Rove about Florida 2000 would be right up there. I would just like to know the real backstage story on this -- and I don't mean the simple-minded, poor-poor-good-and-decent-Al-Gore, one-dimensionally-liberal one told in TV docudramas.

If Glenn Beck is the dark side of the soul of Fox News, Baier is among its better angels, along with the likes of Juan Williams. Baier led Fox News to a big election night in terms of ratings and journalistic credibility. And in he was second only to Bill O'Reilly in overall nightly viewership for November. Read an interview I did with him on the eve of the mid-term elections here.

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