US Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters called Fox News guests “freaks” in a revealing special about working for the network.
In the program called Fox and the Big Lie: Trump looks back on election campaign amid “stolen election” trials, for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Peters said: “When I left, the guests got more and more bizarre, more and more unpleasant.”
Mr Peters worked at Fox News for years as a military analyst, until 2018, when he accused the network of “undermining our constitutional order and the rule of law.”
In the room where the talking heads were waiting to speak to the show’s experts, it became “like the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie,” the colonel said. “These people are monsters. Ah, and then you realize that you are one of the monsters!
A reporter backstage asked what he meant by “freaks”? Mr Peters replied: ‘Unskilled people who couldn’t even speak convincingly, who could only pronounce the lines they memorized while praising Trump, as if he was a pagan god who needed to be appeased with slavish rhetoric, ”Peters explained.
“Fox is not immoral, it is amoral,” he said later in the interview before calling his ex-colleagues in the network “prostitutes” and accusing President Trump of being ” bewitched by a foreign power, a hostile foreign power “.
In 2018, after leaving the network, he told CNN: “I am convinced that Vladimir Putin has a grip on President Trump,” adding, “I hope I am wrong.” He also criticized the network for “doing it for ratings and profit” and “doing our country a huge disservice.”
Mr Peters was initially happy to be associated with the brand, and believed it was a necessary conservative and libertarian source, but, he said, “with the rise of Donald Trump, Fox is become a destructive propaganda machine, and I am not making propaganda for just anyone. “
The independent contacted Fox News for further comment.
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