Former Fox News Senior Military Analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters created quite a stir when he tendered his resignation to the so-called news channel in March.
The memo that he sent to his colleagues when he left was a surprisingly vehement indictment of the network from the perspective not of a bleeding heart liberal, but a deeply conservative veteran military officer who after a decade with the network could no longer tolerate being associated with what he believed that Fox News has degenerated into.
An excerpt of his scathing memo gives you an idea of the depth of his disillusionment:
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“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.”
While such sentiments are patently obvious to those on the left, to hear such ringingly true criticisms from a supposed member of their own team must have sent Fox news viewers into complete apoplexy.
Lt. Col. Peters returned to the cable news airwaves today, needless to say, not on Fox News, but on CNN where he discussed with host Anderson Cooper his departure from his former employer and the con-job they are trying to sell to the American people.
Anderson began his interview with a question about the president’s “Spygate” theory that imagines a deep state conspiracy by the FBI and the other intelligence agencies against the Trump administration and about Fox News’ constant promotion of the ludicrous idea through its programs.
Peters quickly characterized the idea as a witch hunt, but not against the president. He called the whole campaign to delegitimize the investigation into the president and his campaign as a witch hunt by Fox News against Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“Robert Mueller is … as noble a public servant as you would find. Assaults on his character, on his practices, on his investigations just betray our fundamental principles.”
Peters went on to defend Fox News’ role in the past as a necessary conservative and libertarian voice in the media.
“But with the rise of Donald Trump, Fox did become a destructive propaganda machine, and I don’t do propaganda for anyone.“
The former military analyst singled out Fox’s prime-time hosts in particular for “attacking our constitutional order, the rule of law, the Justice Department, the FBI, Robert Mueller, oh and by the way, the intelligence agencies. And they’re doing it for ratings and profit. And they’re doing it knowingly in my view, doing a grave, grave disservice to our country.’
It was when Anderson Cooper asked the Lt. Col. whether the Fox News hosts actually believed the stories they were telling about the “deep state,” however, that Peters let loose with his most damning indictment.
“I suspect Sean Hannity really believes it, the others are smarter. They know what they’re doing.“
Ouch! Undercutting the intelligence of Fox News’ most popular host while crediting his servile sincerity, and then continuing by impugning the integrity of the network’s cynically manipulative talking heads is the kind of bridge burning that’s rare to witness on national television and is a credit to Lt. Col. Peters deeply held convictions.
The fact is that Peters sees that we are already deeply in a constitutional crisis.
“When you have a president who believes that he’s above the law, who does not understand our system of government, does not respect our system of government, and willingly subverts our system of government, you’ve got a constitutional crisis.”
Peters predicts that impeachment and a proceeding before the Supreme Court are the only sure outcomes of the current crisis, a situation he calls “utterly unprecedented.”
You can watch a clip of Lt. Col. Ralph Peters repudiation of his former colleagues at Fox News in the video below.
Ex-Fox News analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters unloads on former network:
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