Declaring that he’s “ashamed” of his association with Fox News, a contributor to the cable channel resigned from his position with the channel, reaming Fox News in an email.
BuzzFeed reports that Ralph Peters, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who has been appearing as a Fox News “strategic analyst,” also ripped the Trump administration in his email to colleagues.
Peters used the email to explain his decision to leave the channel, writing: “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.”
Peters also writes: “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.”
Peters also focuses attention on Trump’s ties to Russia, writing that Fox News hosts “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.”
Readers who wish to read Peters’ letter in full can click here to go to BuzzFeed to see the complete email.