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Col. Ralph Peters Bails Fox, Burning the Network Down on the Way Out

The retired Army Lt. colonel has served as an analyst for Fox News for years, but now, he says he's too ashamed to stay.

Tears. I’m in tears.

This was a thing of truest beauty.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters has been a regular on Fox News as a contributing analyst for a number of years.

For so long, he fit right in.

He was a harsh critic of former President Barack Obama, and in at least one instance, was suspended for calling him a “total p***y,” while appearing on the Fox News Business Network.

Now, however, Peters doesn’t feel so at home with the Fox News team.

In a scathing letter, and with the same blunt manner he has employed in his appearances on the network for so long, Peters explains why he must leave what has devolved into a “mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

Here is the letter in its entirety, per Buzzfeed News:

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."

Ouch!

Peters’ comments seem to go right along with a recent dust-up among colleagues at Fox.

Last week, anchor Shep Smith remarked that the news division of the network differs from the “opinion” shows, such as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, in that those are pretty much just “entertainment.” Hannity and Ingraham, of course, objected.

They’re serious news shows, guys. For real.

Just so we don’t miss it, allow me to emphasis this core portion of Peters’ farewell letter:

“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.”

Harsh, but necessary.

And true.

Bravo, and best wishes to Lt. Col. Peters. I suspect he’ll sleep much better tonight than he has for some time.

Your response was snappy but witless. "King" is your word Keep flailing.

He was on Fox news THIS MORNING with John Roberts. Looked happy to be there: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5755642461001/?playlist_id=930909808001#sp=show-clips

My mistake.

I think the supporters of the king in his imagination only may live to regret him as the scotts did Charles II?

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FOX is the ONLY counter-point to the ilk being spewed from the so-called MSM. FOX reporting and commentary may not always be 100% right, but we at least have the opportunity to see and hear a different perspective on the struggles we are facing in the US. Peters defense of the FBI, Justice Dept, Intelligence Community, etc. is a bit misguided. We know there is corruption; the question is how deep does it go. I believe a majority of the persons in those agencies are proud Americans doing the best they can in the jobs they hold, but their efforts are being hindered and their reputations put in question by leaders withing those agencies. Trump with his many flaws is not a politician, and that is his appeal! I suspect most in America are fed-up with politicians; I am! Who else was available to put in that position that would attack the corruption within our government? Hopefully he can make some positive changes before he becomes a politician!

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