A Fox News Personality Explains Why He Quit

Ralph Peters says his former employer is spouting propaganda for White House
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2018 8:59 AM CDT
A Fox News Personality Explains Why He Quit
A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Fox News analyst Ralph Peters didn't just quit the network this year, he wrote a scathing internal memo explaining his decision that was quickly leaked. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, the retired Army colonel hasn't mellowed much. He again accuses Fox of "propagandizing for the Trump administration" and says the "prime-time lineup preaches paranoia, attacking processes and institutions vital to our republic and challenging the rule of law." The main focus of Peters' criticism focuses on the network's coverage of Russia. Peters writes that while he has extensive experience on the subject—"I was the one person on the Fox payroll who, trained in Russian studies and the Russian language, had been face to face with Russian intelligence officers"—he was essentially muzzled.

"Fox never tried to put words in my mouth, nor was I told explicitly that I was taboo on Trump-Putin matters," he writes. "I simply was no longer called on for topics central to my expertise." The reason, he asserts, is because he wasn't willing to blindly defend President Trump at all times and dismiss allegations of Russian interference as politically biased. "There is indeed a witch hunt, and it’s led by Fox against Robert Mueller," writes Peters. He says he still respects many of his former colleagues. "But Trump idolaters and the merrily hypocritical prime-time hosts are destroying the network—no matter how profitable it may remain." Click for the full column. (More Fox News stories.)

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