Everyone who isn’t completely brainwashed by right-wing propaganda knows that Fox News lies constantly. We also know that said lies have been amped up a thousandfold since we now have a pathological liar squatting in the Oval Office, and his spin masters over at Fox have to crank things up to turbo to keep up with all the lies. Nothing new about any of this. However, what is new is that one of Fox’s own former analysts is breaking his silence on just how bad things are over there.
Retired Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters was a Fox News military analyst until recently. Then, in March, he quit in a fit of pique and fury over the lying that constantly happens over at Fox. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper after his exit, Colonel Peters said of the network:
For years, I was glad to be associated with Fox. It was a legitimate conservative and libertarian outlet. And a necessary one. But with the rise of Donald Trump, Fox did become a destructive propaganda machine. And I don’t do propaganda for anyone.”
Here is that video, via The Daily Beast:
That was back in March, right after Peters’ dramatic exit from Fox News. Now, according to Brian Krassenstein of Hillreporter.com, Peters is unloading on Fox again, this time saying that not only do they lie, but they don’t even believe their own lies. In fact, the hosts over there only do what they do to entertain the uneducated rubes who believe every word they utter from the airwaves on that network because it means more ratings and, in turn, more money.
Former Fox News analyst Ralph Peters says that Fox News hosts often say things on air that "they know are untrue" but are doing it "for ratings and money".
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) June 29, 2018
This was something Peters alluded to in his interview with Anderson Cooper, when he said of “particularly the primetime hosts” on Fox, that they were going after “our constitutional order, the rule of law, the Justice Department, the FBI, Robert Mueller, and they are doing it for ratings and profit. And they’re doing it knowingly, and, in my view, doing a great, grave disservice to our country.”
Now, anyone who has paid attention to American political commentary since the inception of Fox News in the 1990s knows that nothing has shaped American right-wing politics more than the genius propaganda machine, to use Ralph Peters’s words, cooked up by Roger Ailes. Fox took all of the religious fervor, fear, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and ignorance and put it all in a neat box, secured it with a big, bigoted bow, and delivered it to the dumbest people in America for nearly three decades. And that, my friends, is what gave us the mess we’re in now.
Ralph Peters is correct – propaganda is dangerous. Good on him for leaving Fox News and sounding the alarm about what they really are.
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