Buzzfeed News is reporting that a retired Army Lt. Colonel and Fox News strategic analyst, Ralph Peters, will not renew his contract with the network. In a blistering email to his colleagues, he offered a litany of reasons for his departure, mostly revolving around the network’s embarrassing contortions in its attempts to promote Trump and vilify those they view as his opponents, such as Robert Mueller.
“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,” Peters wrote.
He calls the network “dishonest” accusing them of “scaremongering” and promoting “deep state” conspiracy theories. Peters is a Russia hardliner and attacked the Obama administration for their policy of pursuing a “reset” with Puting just as vociferously, having been briefly suspended from Fox News in 2015 for using foul language in his criticisms of the president.
Peters’ condemnation of his former employer comes at a time when Fox News personalities, such as Larry Kudlow, are being hired by the Trump White House, while other contributors, such as John Bolton, are rumored to be on the short list for high level positions in the administration.
Peters is also the latest in a string of independent national security and law enforcement officials speaking out about Trump’s attacks on the rule of law, his own justice department, and the Special Counsel’s investigation of his campaigns involvement in Russian interference during the 2016 election.
Last weekend, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe two days before he became eligible for the pension he worked over two decades to secure. Trump’s gleeful tweets celebrating the firing of McCabe, who many say could be a significant witness in any obstruction of justice trial against the president, were the last straw for some.
Regardless of what finally pushed Peters to quit the network, he nailed what they’ve turned into over the past decade: “To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.”
Peters’ full email via Buzzfeed reads:
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.”
While Peters still sees some hope in the Fox Business, someone should probably tell him about their primetime star Lou Dobbs, who might be Trump’s most sycophantic suck-up after Sean Hannity.
Deep State Coward- @SebGorka: McCabe went to the DOJ and begged to keep his pension, but when he was rebuked he said he would bring everyone down. That’s the level of arrogance that the Obama admin put into place. @realDonaldTrump #MAGA #TrumpTrain #DTS #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/tsZmctpLuh
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 19, 2018
Deep State leaks & lies – Fired FBI Deputy Director McCabe says Crooked James Comey knew about leaks to reporters, despite Comey’s denials to Congress. @Jim_Jordan joins #Dobbs on FBN 7p @realDonaldTrump #MAGA #TrumpTrain
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 19, 2018
UPDATE: Fox News responded to Peters’ email with the same class and loyalty as the president they promote at all costs:
“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,” Fox News said in a statement to Mediaite. “We are extremely proud of our top-rated primetime hosts and all of our opinion programming.”