Hats Off To Ralph Peters!

A member of the Fox News team has parted ways with Fox.  His name is Ralph Peters, and he has been a frequent military analyst and commentator for Fox.  His email explaining his departure is worth a minute to read:

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.”

Fox responded with a statement:  “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. We are extremely proud of our top-rated primetime hosts and all of our opinion programing.”

A round of applause for Mr. Ralph Peters.  

26 thoughts on “Hats Off To Ralph Peters!

  1. Jill, thanks for publishing this, as Fox will not likely not be doing so. I shared with Gronda, that we should post this into our Senators and Representatives’ email templates. Last week, I posted Retired General Barry McCaffrey and Retired CIA Director John Brennan’s remarks into their websites. They need to see what integrity looks like. It is OK to have views that differ, but none of us can support blatant lying and disseminating propaganda. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! That is a terrific idea … to post it in our representative’s email templates! I shall do just that tomorrow! You are so right … a difference of opinions and ideas is natural and is how innovation comes about. But the lying, cheating, and stealing are what I might expect out of 13-year-old kids, not grown men and women who we have entrusted with our lives.

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Wow!! Didn’t know about this gentleman. Guess some people at Fox still know what reality it. Yet …. this is their response:
    “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. We are extremely proud of our top-rated primetime hosts and all of our opinion programing.”
    There are no words ….

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    • Thanks for sharing, my friend! You are right … when they refer to the likes of Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly as “top-rated” and say they are proud of them, it makes me feel ill. Fox redefines the word ‘journalism’, and the word ‘integrity’ doesn’t even exist in their vocabulary. They really should re-name it the “Trump Network”. Hugs!!! ❤

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    • Yes, it speaks volumes about our present state, doesn’t it? Integrity seems to be a thing of the past. And, like you said, he stayed quite a while before deciding it was a toxic environment. In fact, he was quite an Obama-basher in the day. Sigh. But I give him credit for having the courage to speak out against Fox. I’d love it if more did, but I’m not holding my breath.

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  3. Hallelujah for a bit of integrity albeit rather late coming. A pity he couldn’t work for a bipartisan station instead of one he admits is a conservative mouthpiece. Now if only a few more can react the same way and refuse to go along with Fake News…………
    Cwtch

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  4. Fox’s response says a lot about them. Like an alcoholic family who has to turn around and blame the one sober kid in the lot for all the ills. That line is becoming a bit time worn in this day and age. Own up to it Fox, for cryin’ out loud! Put your big boy pants with the front zippers on and act like real men (and women — have to be politically correct, eh?)

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  5. Dear Jill,

    I blogged on this as well. Great minds think alike. I love it when a republican of stature calls out the right wing news for their content being corrosive, decisive, purveyor of spreading “fake news” etc. We need more republicans to be “profiles in courage.”

    Hugs, Gronda

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