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Ralf Peters throws some serious shade as he walks out the door

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomnamako/ralph-peters

Excerpt -

A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues.

"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," wrote Ralph Peters, a Fox News "strategic analyst."

 

text of email to Fox colleagues -

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."

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WOW!

A true patriot.

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Well written but imo he finally removed his blinders because ten years ago it was a shill for the uber righty nutters.  Now? Only the Comrade jackovs and fellow nutters will continue to defend the indefensible.  Perhaps when he finishes pissing out all the koolaid he drank he will realize that Obama actually tried when every Republican had the one and only goal of bringing him down, including this guy. 

When you first leave the cult it is hard to process all the bullshit at once. 

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Cogent resignation.

Too bad Bill Oreilly can't comment.

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The Murdoch’s have a lot to answer for. Hopefully when the elder Murdoch sharts his last, the next generation will put a stop to it. Unfortunately I’m not holding my breath though.

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1 hour ago, corkob said:

The Murdoch’s have a lot to answer for. Hopefully when the elder Murdoch sharts his last, the next generation will put a stop to it. Unfortunately I’m not holding my breath though.

They'll follow the money - like they always have.

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His net worth is estimated @ $800,000, plus his pension.  Not like he hit his nut or anything....

So thumbs up- kind of.  Better late than never!

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Rupert has  always been a whore , the only debate has been the price .

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1 hour ago, Amati said:

His net worth is estimated @ $800,000, plus his pension.

That's all? I would have expected him to be raking in 7 figures just from FOX

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5 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

That's all? I would have expected him to be raking in 7 figures just from FOX

All those experts dilute the swamp- a legacy of 9/11 cable news coverage.  But I’m betting the moolah’s better at Fox than whatever the Trolls are making here.  

Snarkey but fun article:

https://www.quora.com/On-news-channels-like-CNN-or-cable-networks-like-CNBC-Bloomberg-etc-do-the-guests-experts-who-are-invited-to-talk-or-respond-to-questions-get-paid-If-so-typically-how-much

this next linky sounds about right, but it seems wierd, for some reason.  I like the graph:lol:: it expands and contracts-

 https://www.paysa.com/salaries/fox-news-channel--contributor

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I had to hide my post, cut and paste was all fucked up. Anyway, here’s the article I was trying to excerpt -

Why I left Fox News

Lt Col Ralph Peters (retired)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/why-i-left-fox-news/2018/03/30/d1224648-32bb-11e8-8bdd-cdb33a5eef83_story.html

Excerpt -

You could measure the decline of Fox News by the drop in the quality of guests waiting in the green room. A year and a half ago, you might have heard George Will discussing policy with a senator while a former Cabinet member listened in. Today, you would meet a Republican commissar with a steakhouse waistline and an eager young woman wearing too little fabric and too much makeup, immersed in memorizing her talking points.

This wasn’t a case of the rats leaving a sinking ship. The best sailors were driven overboard by the rodents.

snip

As early as the fall of 2016, and especially as doubts mounted about the new Trump administration’s national security vulnerabilities, I increasingly was blocked from speaking on the issues about which I could offer real expertise: Russian affairs and our intelligence community. I did not hide my views at Fox and, as word spread that I would not unswervingly support President Trump and, worse, that I believed an investigation into Russian interference was essential to our national security, I was excluded from segments that touched on Vladimir Putin’s possible influence on an American president, his campaign or his administration.

[he goes on, long piece, but you get the gist]

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