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Fox News contributor quits, says network is a ‘propaganda machine’

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A Fox News contributor, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, quit on Tuesday, blasting the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues obtained by BuzzFeed News.

“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,” Peters wrote.

The foreign policy analyst railed against what he sees as the news giant’s increased “dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community,” and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who’s overseeing the probe into Russian collusion in the 2016 election.

“Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed,” Peters wrote.

Fox News issued a statement in 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 programming,” the network said.

Peters was suspended for a short time in 2015 after he called former President Barack Obama a “total pussy” on the Fox Business Network.

Read his full email to colleagues here.

H/T Business Insider

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.