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Ralph Peters, a former Army officer, and longtime military and foreign policy commentator for Fox News has resigned. His resignation letter was made privately, but it was leaked.

Peters is a a hawk. He has been a harsh critic of Obama. But that does not make him blind to the shameful conduct of the current president, or to the steady decline of Fox News into a near-RT/Infowars type propaganda mill.

In a lengthy email to his colleagues first obtained by BuzzFeed, the foreign-policy hawk argued that the cable news network had been transformed from a “legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices” into a “propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

“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,” Peters wrote. “Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers.”

Peters, a former Russia analyst, warned that the network’s hosts are advancing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda “by making light of Russian penetration of our elections and the Trump campaign.”

The Trump Cult won’t be concerned about Peters’ statement. But thinking conservatives have long had a problem with Fox News, and the likes of Hannity, and of the current occupant of the White House, a corrupt channel and a corrupt scatterbrain of a president in a paranoid devil’s marriage that will be the subject of many books.

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67 thoughts on “Ralph Peters Resigns From Fox News

  1. //the cable news network had been transformed from a “legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices” into a “propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

    “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,” Peters wrote. “Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers.” //

    Wow, that’s really strong stuff.

  2. This is one guy that they can’t possibly mock as a latte-sipping San Francisco liberal who is weak on defense.

    He’s a highly knowledgeable defense hawk who knows Fox News inside out.

  3. a “legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices” into a “propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

    Utterly damning.

    I wonder how the personality cult will try to square these comments from a conservative former lieutenant colonel who worked at the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Intelligence?

  4. Before Fox News, all the major news outlets were ” limousine liberal ”

    There was a crying need for a somewhat right of center voice as an alternative.

    IMO Fox has completely failed at that.

    I don’t think that they’re really conservative. They don’t think things through. Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro are a disgrace

    Fox makes a lot of money keeping its older low information audience terrified at all times.

  5. Utterly damning as it should be, decent folks can’t abide the moral degradation no more
    I’ve noticed the tactic of when News like this happens, its hey lets talk about Obama/Hilary.
    You’d expect bottom-feeder Hannity,Limbaugh,Jones,Levin to forge closer links and smear Ralph Peters saying things like “He couldn’t cut it” / invent family problems , or other disgraceful behaviour

  6. Trump ” Ralph Peters is a loser. Why he’s been married three times. Oh wait “

  7. Ralph Peters, a former Army officer, and longtime military and foreign policy commentator for Fox News has resigned. His resignation letter was made privately, but it was leaked.

    Yes – and he probably arranged the ‘leak’. If he didn’t want it leaked, it would not have been ‘leaked’.

    Peters, a former Russia analyst, warned that the network’s hosts are advancing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda “by making light of Russian penetration of our elections and the Trump campaign.”

    OK – and where is the evidence or Russian penetration of American elections?

    There are “thinking Conservatives” to be found in Russia too, and they are becoming aware of what they are up against…….

    Russia is fighting a lethal enemy

    London’s boorish behaviour has resulted in a fiery reaction within Russia – from indignation to jokes about “Little Britain”. Sadly, such derision is not the best possible answer. For we are dealing with a threat that is far from comical, and the entire history of relations between Russia and Britain is proof of that.

    This is the path of globalisation a la Anglo-Saxon, i.e. the creation of a single humanity, ruled from the Western centre. “Western” is in this case a synonym for Atlantic, Anglo-Saxon. This project has been practically openly realised for the past hundred years. Through the gradual consolidation of companies and capital, through the convergence of civilisations and cultures, through their mixing and cross-pollination. Through the creation of unified global institutions of the financial, managerial, supervisory etc. type, through the formation of a new system of morals and philosophy of transhumanism. Humanity is being led to its “golden age” in which there will be no states, no nations, no sexes. Those who are against are retrogrades and conservatives, the enemies of progress and humanity. The fact that this is not yet being declared in official declarations does not mean anything; it is just a matter of time. In the meantime, Russia is being accused of totalitarianism and terrorism “like in the olden days” – this is simpler and more familiar.

    Who is making the accusations? That same “world community”, which when more closely examined turns out to be the West. And when we examine it yet more closely, we find an Anglo-Saxon, i.e. an Anglo-American elite. These are the people with the “right to decide”.

    Formally, they are unified in closed clubs or open orders, public societies, or secret lodges. They can be bank owners or dukes, senators or ministers. Their duties and even the size of their capital have a secondary meaning: loyalty to the group itself is most important. And for this group, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are equally dangerous (the latter because he is a pretender, an upstart, a usurper with incorrect, non-globalist ideas). And Putin is practically openly sending a challenge by declaring that Russia will never agree with the enforced world order. What is more, Putin ridicules Western countries for not having full sovereignty.

    That shows why ‘Putin’, who personifies resistance to globalism, is the enemy of the globalist project whose goal is the elimination of the nation-state and sovereign peoples, but who are the globalists?

    But when Putin goes over the lack of autonomy of European countries, he hints at

    Germany and France or smaller states. He does not mention Great Britain. And despite the fact that America’s power is officially incomparable to Britain, in reality, it is really London that is the leader in the Atlantic tandem. Why?

    Because a country’s power is not determined by aircraft carriers or the size of its economy, but by the managerial, intellectual, strategic and financial capabilities of its elite. And in this sense, the guiding and leading role of London as a “centre of power” is not doubted by anyone. It is the home of those very families that drowned the Spanish Empire, organised the Opium Wars against China, played Russia against Germany in the First World War, and bet on the collapse of Russia through the Chechen War.

    That last paragraph is reminiscent of a tremendous speech made by Donald Trump during his election campaign when he railed against globalists, because they are almost named above. And many real conservatives who wish to conserve their peoples and countries are catching on to who the (((globalists))) really are……..

  8. I never cared for Peters because he always seemed to wrap himself in the flag.

  9. Fox is teetering on the ideological precipice and has been for years. I like Peters but I’m still sticking with trump, because most people including most on Fox news do not really understand the Trumpmeister. Trump loves to play with people’s minds. It’s his shtick as a New York businessman. People take his vernal or tweet shots to seriously and that puts them off their game and they wind up being blindsided. The Washington D.C. Beltway Politician Club Members and their useful idiots the Liberal Media will always come out losers because they really believe they’re smarter and more urbane than that ruff gruff White House interloper. Meanwhile Donald, who doesn’t have the usual greedy, hypocritical, egotistical skin in the game of politics and I are laughing our asses off.

  10. Fox is teetering on the ideological precipice and has been for years.

    I agree, but why do you say that?

    There is talk of a new conservative TV station that may compete with Fox. I see a need for that, but fear that it would be even more intellectually low rent than Fox has proved to be.

    Creating a new major cable TV station from scratch is really hard. The cable companies are brutal to negotiate with and they will demand an ownership stake. The cable companies weren’t keen to put Fox on their systems early on.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanmac/peter-thiel-conservative-news-network-roger-ailes-fox?utm_term=.uvDAkWObe#.axVYK5jq0

  11. A “legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices” into a “propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration .”

    Clearly a quote about the personality cult surrounding an integrity free buffoon.

    Yes – and he probably arranged the ‘leak’.

    Yeah….. probably.

    FFS.

  12. His resignation letter was made privately, but it was leaked.

    Phantom – we both know that the ‘leak’ was engineered. Do you really disagree?

  13. The email went to multiple persons, so a leak would be very possible.

    Even if he did leak it himself, so what? How does that change anything?

  14. Even if he did leak it himself, so what?

    Then it was just theatre, barely worth a discussion

  15. I see that two thinking conservatives had a chat…….

    President Trump called on Tuesday to congratulate President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on his re-election, but did not raise with him the lopsided nature of his victory, Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election or Moscow’s role in a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter living in Britain.

    “lopsided” – decisive

    “Russia’s meddling” – show me

    “nerve agent attack” – false flag

  16. I often wondered if Fox journalists were really as dumb as they appear or do they just dumb down to meet their audience. But this guy at least suggests some of them are clever behind the veneer of stupidity.

  17. Shep Smith and Chris Wallace are very good.

    Is Fox News on your system in Germany?

    Without NBC ( which built the image of Trump as the successful executive on ” The Apprentice ” ) or Fox News ( which treated Trump as a serious political player ten years ago ) there is no way that Trump would have been elected. He is a creation of the media that he criticizes so much.

    ” The Apprentice ” first aired in 2004, a mere five years after the fourth of Trump’s major business bankruptcies.

  18. The Peters resignation is a blow to Fox and Trump. There is no credible way to spin out of it. It is also a challenge to others at Fox: If they disagree with Peters, why; if they agree with Peters, are they also resigning?

  19. //Is Fox News on your system in Germany?//

    I’ve never seen or heard of anyone watching Fox News anywhere in continental Europe. It just doesn’t seem to be known here.

    For English-speaking channels, people watch the BBC or, less frequently, CNN, both of which are broadcast everywhere.

    Does FoxN in the UK focus on British content? As far as I can see, it’s a totally American channel and I can’t imagine it with a serious international dimension, like BBC World or CNN have.

  20. I know that it has a broadcasting outlet in Spain via a specific telephone / TV bundle package.

    I know this because an English colleague is morbidly fascinated by it’s blatant and all encompassing bias and the uniformity of its blonde MILFesque ladeee presenters and occasionally watches it in ghoulish wonderment.

  21. my my my….. I always love to read liberal analysis of conservative perspectives.

    Well if you understood the conservative perspective you wouldn’t be “Liberal” in the first place. That however is a post in itself.

    Peters was a top notch a number one guy, anyone who says different is ill informed… those to words seem to be my term of the week. However I digress.

    As I was saying his bona fides can’t be questioned, and he is right on certain aspects if wrong on others.

    Fox News is not what it started out to be that is true I basically only watch two shows on it. The 6 o clock News and Tucker…. I’ve missed Levins show so far and have had to watch it bootleg, but other than that Fox has devolved into just another “news channel” no different than CNN.

    Where Fox has the edge is it’s one hour of hard news is truly balanced and no other stations is. You get half the news analysed by both hardcore and respected Liberals and Conservatives and each gets to say their piece without interruption.

    Tucker is just pure entertainment he just verbally abuses people.

    However the analysis of this administration is pure bullshit….. I will elaborate later.

  22. Pete

    I’ve heard of him for years. He has been a prominent military / foreign affairs correspondent as seen in Fox and NY Post.

    I would guarantee you that Donald Trump has heard of him.

    Patrick
    Sean Hannity has become so over the top partisan, he is like an angry parody of a prosecutor, every night, a teller of conspiracy yarns, to the great pain of Seth Rich’s family. And he is their No 1 star. He is completely disgusting and should have no place on any news channel.

  23. Peters wrote. “Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law…

    Just how is Fox News doing this, I would like to know. “Assaulting the rule of law”?? Examples please. “Assaulting our Constitutional Order”??? Sounds like over the top bloviating from a has been. Now that the wars are winding to a close, Peters wasn’t getting enough face time it sounds like. And from the Colonels I have personally known, whose egos you’d have trouble getting through the door, Col. Peters just sounds like he threw his dummy out of the pram.

  24. McCabe and Comey ‘testilying’ against each other? That’s what’s confirmed at 5.04 in the link at 6.48pmMcCabe say that Comey authorised him to leak information to the media to do down Trump whilst Comey’s testimony says that he has never authorised leaks of information.

    Are the anti-Trumpers aware that the top level of the FBI is at war with itself?

  25. charles

    Yes those words are OTT

    I think that his point would better be made by stating that FNC is an entirely divisive propaganda machine that is in complete alliance with one party and one major part of the national power structure.

    And yes, I am aware that MSNBC is little better than Fox, and that CNN is not much better than MSNBC.

  26. FNC is an entirely divisive propaganda machine

    Yes – ‘divisive’ because all other outlets are with the Dems, and that is true.

    And only Fox News is reporting the ‘testilying’ stand-off between McCabe and Comey

  27. Phantom –

    You are fake news.

    You commies have never had a good word for Fox News – not a single one. But who should suddenly resign from Fox? Oh a top notch fella. Really great. Thoroughly respected etc.

    And all of a sudden Fox News used to be good. It once had a purpose. Oh yeah, it wasn’t always bad.

    Where were these plaudits? Nowhere, because you’re bullshitting now. You had no regard for Fox News or this Peters before, so don’t pretend you have any now. You’re just recycling contrived DNC/lib talking points.

    Total fake news.

  28. FNC is an entirely divisive propaganda machine that is in complete alliance with one party and one major part of the national power structure.

    CNN gave Donna Brazile debate questions ahead of time, to pass onto Hillary Clinton.

  29. Pete

    Calm down

    I have on these pages praised Shep Smith and Chris Wallace.

    More than once – including at the time that Wallace moderated primary debates

    But I never said that FNC used to be good. It was always a wasted opportunity. Bill O’Reilly blathering about the war on Christmas, all that god damned bullshit

  30. Of course you congratulated Sheppard Smith and Chris Wallace.

    They are communists.

  31. Bill O’Reilly blathering about the war on Christmas

    Yeah – I’ll believe that when Easter eggs no longer have the word ‘Easter’

  32. Shep Smith is a Liberal of course you would praise him, Wallace is also a democrat but has credibility.

    The Colonels letter was over the top, as Partisan as Fox is it’s still more accurate and balanced than the other two stations.

    CNN the clinton news network is ALL conspiracy and ALL partisan with no balance.

    The proof has been shown with the election of Trump and where you berate Hannity everything that his “conspiracy” that you call it is playing out. McCabe was the first straw and the dominoes are falling one by one. The Obama Administration destroyed Americas Justice system and rather than being remembered in history as the first Black President his Administration will be remembered as the most corrupt that caused the American Society the worse harm in it’s history to this point.

    He destroyed the First Amendment by preventing Political Speech using the IRS to illegally shut down political speech against him. He Spied on sabotaged and tried to frame a political opponent with the Patriot act, and had reporters and innocent people jailed… over the next two years we will see several high level members of his administration prosecuted for high crimes.

    Laugh now….. because even though I won’t laugh about it because it’s a f***ing disgrace the prosecutions will give me satisfaction.

  33. Last time I took Ralph Peters seriously was when he advocated invading Iraq. He said the Middle East would be a much more peaceful place if only we took out Saddam Hussein.

    Good riddance.

  34. Really Phantom?

    Lets see by the end of Trumps first term which administration has more people in under indictment or in Jail.

  35. There is less than zero evidence that Obama sicced the IRS on his political opponents

    That’s for starters

  36. So Phantom what part of what I said isn’t True…. ?

    He destroyed the First Amendment by preventing Political Speech using the IRS to illegally shut down political speech against him.

    Is that False?

    had reporters and innocent people jailed…

    Is that False?

    He Spied on sabotaged and tried to frame a political opponent with the Patriot act

    Is that False?

    Make your case. I can to prove I’m right.

  37. Locking up reporters from your own sacred journal….

    Obama had 9 reporters prosecuted….. prior to Obama only 3 reporters were ever prosecuted by ALL other Presidents COMBINED……

  38. The dominoes of the third charge I make are starting to fall now….

    What have you got to prove what I have put up is wrong or false?

  39. There is zero evidence that Obama had any knowledge of what the some IRS employees did

    That’s fake news

  40. roflmao…..

    Really that’s your response The IRS acted as a Rogue Agency…. lmao…

  41. Well done Phantom, all comments.

    You have clearly struck a nerve, to judge by the predictable blow-hard reactions from the usual suspects.

  42. yes well done you’ve proven that you have zero credibility but your fan club loves you

  43. Phantom: “There is zero evidence that Obama had any knowledge”

    lol. That’s very funny.

    This is where we are now. Can’t quite pin it directly on Obama…..no red dress……

  44. Don’t worry Peter unlike Phantom we believe in the Law no matter what party it is…

    I have stated over 100 times on this site find the crime that Trump or ANY republican has done and I’ll hand out the pitchforks and torches to crucify them….

    The IRS pleads guilty and pays millions of dollars for preventing people from exercising their first amendment rights and the partisan in NY says nope it was a rogue agency because the Obama administration refused to Prosecute themselves…..

    If The IRS right now was auditing leftwing groups and preventing them from exercising their first amendment right to protest against Trump yeah you would accept if I said Trump knew nothing about it and my proof is Jeff Sessions like Eric Holder refused to prosecute it… yeah sure

    Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.

    And yes Politicians living under a different set of LAWS as the rest of the American Citizens does strike a nerve with Americans unless of course your a commie Democrat or a commie Independent like Phantom….

    One set of LAWS for everyone….. PERIOD.

  45. About 450 groups shared in a settlement of about $3.5 million.

    Not all of the groups were “conservative “ , some were liberal

  46. Don’t worry Peter unlike Phantom we believe in the Law no matter what party it is…

    Maybe you do Patrick, but Trump isn’t so keen:

    “There’s been a bomb cyclone of revelations from and about the White House since New Year’s Day. But there’s a pattern. It all stems from President Trump’s contempt for the rule of law. The week began with a tweet from the President that, in a quasi-normal political environment, would have led to an impeachment investigation.

    Richard Nixon earned eternal disgrace for keeping a list of his political enemies, but he, at least, was ashamed enough of the practice to know that he had to keep it secret. Trump, in contrast, is openly calling for the Department of Justice, which he controls, to put his political opponents in jail. This kind of behavior is a trademark of the authoritarians he admires, like Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan…”

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/donald-trump-and-the-rule-of-law

  47. “I have stated over 100 times on this site find the crime that Trump or ANY republican has done and I’ll hand out the pitchforks and torches to crucify them….” Do you mean crime they have done or crime they have been prosecuted for? Would someone who committed a crime but evaded getting caught qualify?

  48. Ralph Peters revealed a breaking point that others will ultimately reach, except for the truly corrupt, the truly stupid and the truly immoral.

  49. New Yorker, on March 22nd, 2018 at 2:25 AM Said:
    “I have stated over 100 times on this site find the crime that Trump or ANY republican has done and I’ll hand out the pitchforks and torches to crucify them….” Do you mean crime they have done or crime they have been prosecuted for? Would someone who committed a crime but evaded getting caught qualify?

    If it happened when they were in Public Office YES

  50. Phantom, on March 22nd, 2018 at 12:04 AM Said:
    About 450 groups shared in a settlement of about $3.5 million.

    Not all of the groups were “conservative “ , some were liberal

    yeah 3

  51. In some ways it is the medium and the times. On the Internet many people tend to talk at each other, not to each other. The failure to be fact based is also more widespread and unchecked. There is no accountability in general or here specifically for fabrication. In fact some rely on fabrication. Civility, despite the host’s efforts, is a ship that sailed long ago.

  52. My criticism is probably more general in nature, traditional media has also diminished in my opinion, not so much factually, but certainly on lack of seriousness, undue emphasis on certain topics and people, thoughtless arguing disguised as debate. The list goes on. As a vehicle with looser standards, ATW is subject to many of these problems.

  53. sure Mahons, the fear is the site becomes like twitter, which seems to be the dominant these days .

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