It’s not often we see Fox News contributors quit their gigs, as most of them are being paid handsomely. But tonight, one of their regular contributors attacked the network after suddenly quitting.
A longtime Fox News contributor said Tuesday he’s leaving the network, and blasted it for becoming a “propaganda machine.”
Ralph Peters, a strategic analyst for Fox News and a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, issued a scathing email to colleagues that was sharply critical of the network’s rhetoric and support for President Donald Trump.
“Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers,“ he said in the email, which was obtained by Buzzfeed. “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.”
“When prime-time hosts — who have never served our country in any capacity — dismiss facts and empirical reality to launch profoundly dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community . . . all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of “deep-state” machinations — I cannot be part of the same organization. . . . To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.”
Peters specializes in Russia analysis, and was harshly critical of former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. But he said Fox News hosts “now advance Putin’s agenda” and that “we have an American president who is terrified of his counterpart in Moscow.”
Peters made a special effort to single out Fox Business, to which he said the criticisms do not apply, and to the hard-news reporters at Fox, “who continue to do their best as talented professionals in a poisoned environment.”
In a statement Tuesday, Fox News said: “Ralph Peters is entitled to his opinion despite the fact that he’s choosing to use it as a weapon in order to gain attention.”
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Twitter ripped him up as well:
The left praising Ralph Peters right now is odd…here's Ralph Peters describing Obama back in 2015. pic.twitter.com/SUI7eTQQxB
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) March 20, 2018
The unstable liberal Col. Ralph Peters is leaving @FoxNews , says it's become a propaganda machine. . This is a guy that Tucker Carlson has ripped to shreds. All he does is whine and cry. Go to CNN. I hear that's where the "real" news is
— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) March 20, 2018
Ralph Peters leaving Fox News because he says it’s turned into a propaganda machine.
Ralph Peters is a disgrace to our country. He voted for Hillary Clinton, he’s a never Trump idiot. He will fit in perfectly with the communists at CNN.
Want to see real propaganda, go to CNN!
— Mike (@mike_Zollo) March 20, 2018