Former Fox News analyst and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters is going on the offensive against the people who he used to call colleagues. Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Peters says employees at the conservative network are “prostitutes” for allowing President Donald Trump to set their agenda.
Peters is not happy that President Trump has created an “enemies list” that is comprised of intelligence officials who may soon have their security clearances revoked.
“He is not interested in understanding our government,” Peters says. “He believes the Constitution is a menu from which he can choose only the most electable items.”
“The evil twin of that, I believe as a former Russia analyst for most of my career… I’m convinced that the president of the United States is enthralled to Vladimir Putin.”
“There’s no other way to explain his behavior. And he perfectly fits the profile of the kind of people the Russians target,” Peters added. “This is a distinctly un-American president who doesn’t seem to like America very much. I could never have foreseen this Orwellian situation.”
Switching back over to his attack against Fox News’ hosts, Peters said it’s time to stand up and be honest.
“What we need is people who will speak honestly. And, not worry about who it offends. I’m just sick and tired of people hedging and hemming and hawing. This is a president of the United States who is a danger to the Republic… We all need to do our parts.”
Stelter then reminded Peters that he has called his previous network a “destructive propaganda machine” before asking, “Are they partly at fault for propping up Trump?”
“Of course,” Peters says. “I left Fox because as a former military officer who took an oath to the Constitution, I could not be part of a channel that, to me, was assaulting the Constitution, the constitutional order, the rule of law.”
“Fox isn’t immoral, it’s amoral,” he pointed out. “It was opportunistic. Trump was just a gift to Fox and Fox, in turn, is a gift to Trump. It’s a closed loop. And so people that only listen to Fox have an utterly skewed view reality.”
After a heated exchange, Peters said, “I don’t want to be the go-to guy for Fox-bashing forever. But what Fox is doing is causing real harm to our country right now.”
Here’s the full interview:
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.