Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has few good words about Fox News in the Trump era. The former network analyst told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday he believes Fox News has become a “destructive propaganda machine” since the rise of President Donald Trump.
Mr. Peters, who announced his departure in a blistering farewell note to his colleagues, followed up on Wednesday with another searing attack, saying that the network was “doing a great, grave disservice to our country.”
For the decade he worked there, Mr. Peters said he believed that Fox News was a necessary and legitimate conservative bulwark in the news media and an outlet for libertarian opinions. But under President Trump, the network shifted rightward, he said.
The prime time hosts have become especially problematic, Peters said, as they increasingly parrot Trump’s conspiracy theories and routinely attack the Justice Department – particularly Sean Hannity.
Asked by Cooper if he thinks the hosts believe their own reporting, Peters said generally speaking, probably not.
“I suspect Sean Hannity really believes it,” he said. “The others are smarter. They know what they’re doing. It’s bewildering to me. I mean, I wanted to just cry out and say: ‘How can you do this? How can you lie to our country?’”
Fox News referred the Times to their initial statement following Peters’ March exit when asked for comment:
“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,” the network said then. “We are extremely proud of our top-rated primetime hosts and all of our opinion programing.”
Watch Peters' CNN interview above.