aside Good For US Army Lieutenant Colonel And Fox News Contributor For Quitting FOX News

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To my way of thinking we need more republicans of stature and principle like Ralph Peters to stand up to the fake news, contrived conspiracy theories and the decisive rhetoric adding fuel to the fears of their audience that are the standard content of right wing media sites like Breibart, InfoWars, FOX TV and others.

Here’s the rest of the story…

On March 20, 2018, Tom Namako of BuzzFeed penned the following report, “An “Ashamed” Fox News Commentator Just Quit The “Propaganda Machine”

Excerpts:

“Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association,” Col. Ralph Peters wrote in an email to colleagues. “Now I am ashamed.”

“A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues.”

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“Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” wrote Ralph Peters, a Fox News strategic analyst.”

“Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed,” he wrote.

Peters was also a heated critic of Barack Obama’s foreign policy.”

“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. We are extremely proud of our top-rated primetime hosts and all of our opinion programing,” Fox News said in a statement.”

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“Here’s Peters’ full email to colleagues:”

On March 1st, I informed Fox that I would not renew my contract. The purpose of this message to all of you is twofold:

First, I must thank each of you for the cooperation and support you’ve shown me over the years. Those working off-camera, the bookers and producers, don’t often get the recognition you deserve, but I want you to know that I have always appreciated the challenges you face and the skill with which you master them.

Second, I feel compelled to explain why I have to leave. Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer. I swore to “support and defend the Constitution,” and that oath did not expire when I took off my uniform. Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.

In my view, Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration. 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 (in which I served) and, not least, a model public servant and genuine war hero such as Robert Mueller–all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of “deep-state” machinations– I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove. To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.

As a Russia analyst for many years, it also has appalled me that hosts who made their reputations as super-patriots and who, justifiably, savaged President Obama for his duplicitous folly with Putin, now advance Putin’s agenda by making light of Russian penetration of our elections and the Trump campaign. Despite increasingly pathetic denials, it turns out that the “nothing-burger” has been covered with Russian dressing all along. And by the way: As an intelligence professional, I can tell you that the Steele dossier rings true–that’s how the Russians do things.. The result is that we have an American president who is terrified of his counterpart in Moscow.

I do not apply the above criticisms in full to Fox Business, where numerous hosts retain a respect for facts and maintain a measure of integrity (nor is every host at Fox News a propaganda mouthpiece–some have shown courage). I have enjoyed and valued my relationship with Fox Business, and I will miss a number of hosts and staff members. You’re the grown-ups.

Also, I deeply respect the hard-news reporters at Fox, who continue to do their best as talented professionals in a poisoned environment. These are some of the best men and women in the business..

So, to all of you: Thanks, and, as our president’s favorite world leader would say, “Das vidanya.”

“Peters was briefly suspended in 2015 for calling President Obama a “total pussy” while on the Fox Business Network.”

8 comments

  1. Gronda, thanks for running with this. Since I am quite certain Fox won’t be playing up this indictment, it behooves other sources to share it. I am of a mindset to post his words into my Senators and Representative’s email templates. I did post Retired General Barry McCaffrey and Former CIA Director John Brennan’s words last weekend. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I will be tweeting this to every republican in the US Congress.Fox News reports too much in the conspiracy laden fake news category which the president acts on to make policy.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear !EarthUnited,

      You have a point.

      This is an older punditfact report:

      At Fox and Fox News, 10 percent of the claims we’ve rated have been True, 11 percent Mostly True, 18 percent Half True, 21 percent Mostly False, 31 percent False and nine percent Pants on Fire.

      That means about 60 percent of the claims we’ve checked have been rated Mostly False or worse. Here’s how it breaks down (as of Jan. 27, 2015):

      At MSNBC and NBC, 44 percent of claims have received a rating of Mostly False or worse. The full breakdown:

      And as for CNN? It has the best record among the cable networks, as 80 percent of of the claims we’ve rated are Half True or better.

      None have a perfect record, but FOX news is the worst when it comes to “fake news.”

      Hugs, Gronda

      • It depends on one’s perspective also, the conservative mindset will view FOX more favorably since it tends to reinforce their worldview, hence more true. Vice-versa for liberals, CNN & NBC will be more appealing and less “fake news”.

        Dr. Timothy Leary proposed, “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” as a cure for media programming, social or otherwise.

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