Military Analyst: FNC Makes Him Ashamed

Ralph Peters, a retired U.S. Army officer, said he told Fox News Channel at the beginning of the month that he did not want his contributor contract renewed because he believed Fox had “degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

NEW YORK (AP) — A military analyst for Fox News said Tuesday that he was quitting the network because he believed it had turned into a propaganda machine for President Donald Trump’s administration.

Ralph Peters, a retired U.S. Army officer, said he told Fox at the beginning of the month that he did not want his contributor contract renewed.

“Over my decade at Fox, I was long proud of the association,” Peters wrote in an email that was distributed to colleagues at Fox News, and first reported by BuzzFeed News. “Now I am ashamed.”

Peters said he believed Fox had “degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

He criticized prime-time hosts for “profoundly dishonest assaults” on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community and special counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting an investigation into the Trump administration’s dealings with Russia. He accused the network of “scaremongering” with lurid warnings of deep-state machinations.

Peters did not mention any names, but Fox’s leading prime-time host, Sean Hannity, has been the most vocal defender of the president while talking of a “deep state” and casting doubt on justice officials. Trump has been an avid watcher of Fox, most notably its morning “Fox & Friends” program. The network is consistently the top-rated cable network each week with a prime-time lineup of Tucker Carlson, Hannity and Laura Ingraham.

The network had an intramural debate of its own last week when news anchor Shepard Smith, who just renewed his contract, said in an interview with Time magazine that Fox’s opinion hosts “don’t really have rules” and can say whatever they want. He said the opinion lineup is there primarily as entertainment. That led Hannity and Ingraham to fire back, saying their shows have made news.

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Peters said it appalled him that “hosts who made their reputations as super-patriots” now advance the agenda of Russian President Vladimir Putin by making light of Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The retired Army colonel said he did not apply his criticisms to Fox Business, who he called “the grown-ups,” and Fox’s news reporters.


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kendra campbell says:

March 21, 2018 at 9:06 am

Thank you Ralph Peters. US sane folks salute you.

Debra Rein says:

March 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

I am conservative as they come and I can’t watch Fox News anymore. Although they have a better handle on reality than MSNBC they have taken their propaganda too far. Yahoo is another that has gone off the deep end in supporting their liberal agenda. Local news is truly the only bastion of news sanity remaining.

    alicia farmer says:

    March 21, 2018 at 11:39 am

    “Local news is truly the only bastion of news sanity remaining”. If sanity equals making huge quantities of donuts – that’s accurate. The average local half-hour newscast is defined by crime, car wrecks, and endless weather hype. Plus around 12 minutes of commercial glut. That’s far from sane.

    Gene Johnson says:

    March 21, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    You forgot fires.

    Scott Cote says:

    March 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Totally agree!

Ron Burrus says:

March 21, 2018 at 11:42 am

Amen – every time our local affiliates come on with their latest “news” programming they insult the viewers and embarrass themselves. Of course, the corporate folks miles and miles away never see this and could care less.

    Thomas Hubler says:

    March 22, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Now now guys..without the Tv Weatherman.. who’s going to save mankind from mother nature?
    How on earth my grandparents survived into their 90’s without Tv News is beyond me.

Scott Cote says:

March 21, 2018 at 7:53 pm

Ok, I get it. But Mr. Peters is conveniently not mentioning the “no-rules” MSNBC and CNN. I wonder why? I would like to see FOX prime time programming go thru a major overhaul in terms of direction. It’s all about ratings. IMHO, Hannity is an amazingly talented personality, but is presiding over a program that I can not watch anymore because of it’s content repetition and it’s overused “guest” contributors. Yes, we hear about things that the liberal media will not discuss. But Hannity also conveniently misses some topics we hear about from the other kids. Drain the swamp….both sides of it.

Scott Cote says:

March 21, 2018 at 10:12 pm

Ok, I get it. But Mr. Peters is conveniently not mentioning the “no-rules” MSNBC and CNN. I wonder why? I would like to see FOX prime time programming go thru a major overhaul in terms of direction. It’s all about ratings. IMHO, Hannity is an amazingly talented personality, but is presiding over a program that I can not watch anymore because of it’s content repetition and it’s overused “guest” contributors. Yes, we hear about things that the liberal media will not discuss. But Hannity also conveniently misses some topics we hear about from the other kids. Drain the swamp….both sides of it.


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