The Trump propaganda machine known as Fox News has recently lost one of its military analysts, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. Peter, a devoted conservative, made his first post-Fox television appearance. And what an appearance it was. Peters sat down with Anderson Cooper to discuss Fox News, Trump, and the Mueller investigation. Peter’s quotes speak for themselves.
Regarding Fox News and their propaganda pushing:
"With the rise of Donald Trump, Fox did become a destructive propaganda machine, and I don't do propaganda for anyone."
"I think [Fox News is] doing a great deal of damage still. We won't know how bad for years to come when we see the ultimate results."
"As a former military officer, you took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. And I saw, in my view, Fox, particularly the primetime hosts, attacking our constitutional order, the rule of law, the Justice Department, the FBI, Robert Mueller, and, oh, 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."
When Anderson Cooper asked if the Fox hosts believed what they were saying:
"I suspect Sean Hannity really believes it. The others are smarter. They know what they're doing. It's -- it's bewildering to me. I mean I want to just cry out and say, how can you do this? How can you lie to our country?"
As far as the importance of the Mueller investigation:
"Robert Mueller is as noble -- and I use that word carefully -- as noble a public servant as you will find. And the assaults upon his character, upon his practices, upon his investigation just betray our fundamental principles. The Mueller investigation is the most important of my lifetime. And I'm 66 years old. I lived through Watergate."
When asked if Putin had a grip on Donald Trump:
"I am convinced that Vladimir Putin has a grip on President Trump.And, Anderson, when I first learned of the Steele dossier, it just rang true to me because that's how the Russians do things. And before he became a candidate for president, Donald Trump was the perfect target for Russian intelligence. Here's someone who has no self-control, a sense of sexual entitlement and intermittent financial crises. I mean that's made to order for seduction by Russian intelligence.
"When you look at Trump's behavioral patterns, his unwillingness ever to criticize Vladimir Putin, his slow rolling sanctions, his unwillingness to create problems with Russia, even though, as he attacks NATO, disrupts relations with the E.U., how can you not draw the conclusions that Donald Trump, the president of the United States, is frightened of Vladimir Putin."
Fox News hasn’t commented on Lt. Col. Peters’ statements, not even to deny them.