Ed Garono’s Aegis letter Jun 27, “Fox News provides balance, civility”, prompts me to want to list the many Fox omissions and commissions in its coverage of the Trump presidency and the myriad of violations of the norms of American Democracy and expert opinion on economic and foreign policy.
I will refrain from a “Fox says, I say” litany to instead quote from retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, in an e-mail to his colleagues, (reprinted by Buzz Feed) upon his quitting the network:
“Today I feel that Fox news is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed. In my view 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.”
In a March Washington Post article Peters states: “I was the one person on the Fox payroll who, trained in Russian studies and the Russian language, had been face-to-face with Russian intelligence officers in the Kremlin and in far flung provinces. I have travelled widely in and written extensively about the region. Yet, I could rarely and briefly comment on the paramount security question of our time: whether Putin and his security services ensnared the man who would become our president.”
Regarding Fox’s civility, Variety on June 28 quotes Suzanne Scott, recently named Fox News CEO as having “urged producers to place new scrutiny on the things hosts and panelists say during various shows.” The article observed how Fox staffers, Laura Ingraham, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie (the later two former Trump staffers) had been widely criticized for their on air comments.