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November 23, 2021

Two Fox News Contributors Quit Over Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 Doc

Two Fox News contributors quit over host Tucker Carlson’s new documentary series on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg, two leading conservative writers and pundits who have regularly appeared on the network since 2009, announced they had resigned from Fox.

“The special — which ran on Fox’s subscription streaming service earlier this month and was promoted on Fox News — is presented in the style of an exposé, a hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism,” the pair wrote on their website The Dispatch. “In reality, it is a collection of incoherent conspiracy-mongering, riddled with factual inaccuracies, half-truths, deceptive imagery, and damning omissions. And its message is clear: The U.S. government is targeting patriotic Americans in the same manner — and with the same tools — that it used to target al Qaeda.”  

Carlson’s controversial series, Patriot Purge, claims to tell an alternative version of Jan. 6, featuring at least one participant that suggests the event may have been a “false flag” operation.

In their post, Goldberg and Hayes lamented an ongoing trend where Fox’s top opinion hosts have “amplified the false claims and bizarre narratives of Donald Trump or offered up their own in his service.” 

“Indeed, the news side of Fox routinely does what it is supposed to do: It reports the truth,” they wrote, noting that “there are still responsible conservatives providing valuable opinion and analysis.”

“But the voices of the responsible are being drowned out by the irresponsible,” Hayes and Goldberg wrote.

“If a person with such a platform shares such misinformation loud enough and long enough, there are Americans who will believe — and act upon — it,” the pair wrote, referring to Carlson.

Goldberg said he’s not going to judge Fox employees who remain at the network.

“There are lots of people there that I respect and like and consider friends, and they’re making a decision based upon how to provide for their families and deal with their careers and all of that,” Goldberg told the New York Times

“And there are also lots of people over there who think the Fox opinion side today is awesome,” he added. 


Two Fox News contributors quit over Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 documentary

October 29, 2021

Cheney blasts Fox News over latest Tucker Carlson promo

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is calling out Fox News Media over a promotional video for an upcoming episode of Tucker Carlson’s mini-series Tucker Carlson Originals.

The episode, set to broadcast on the company’s paid streaming service Fox Nation next month, examines the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and claims to tell “the true story behind 1/6.”

“The helicopters have left Afghanistan and now they’ve landed here at home,” Carlson said in the video. “They’ve begun to fight a new enemy in a new war on terror.” 

An interviewee says, “false flags have happened in this country, one of which could have been Jan. 6.”

“It appears that [Fox News’] is giving [Carlson] a platform to spread the same type of lies that provoked violence on January 6,” Cheney tweeted. “As [Fox News] knows, the election wasn’t stolen and January 6 was not a ‘false flag’ operation.”

Several other Republicans also criticized Carlson’s promotional video, including Reps. Denver Riggleman (VA) and Adam Kinzinger (IL).

Longtime Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera wondered in an interview with The New York Times if Carlson might be intentionally provocative with his content.

“Tucker’s wonderful, he’s provocative, he’s original, but — man oh man,” Rivera said. “There are some things that you say that are more inflammatory and outrageous and uncorroborated. And I worry that — and I’m probably going to get in trouble for this — but I’m wondering how much is done to provoke, rather than illuminate.”

“He’s my colleague. He’s my family. Sometimes you have to speak out about your family,” Rivera said.


Cheney calls out Fox over new Tucker Carlson promo

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