Two Fox shareholders have resigned, citing ‘irresponsible’ votes.
New York Two writers who made money for Fox News contributors have resigned, citing Tucker Carlson’s “Patriot Purge” documentary about the US Capitol rebellion last January as the last straw for them.
Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, who run a Substack newsletter on conservative news called The Dispatch, have been at Fox since 2009.
They wrote on their site: “The voices of officials are overshadowed by the irresponsible.” They did not immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press on Monday.
Fox had no comment on their criticism. Carlson told the New York Times that their departure was good news. “Our viewers will be thankful,” he said.
“Patriot Purge” is a three-part documentary released last month on Fox Nation’s streaming service. In it, Carlson argues that January 6 is being used as an excuse to persecute conservative Americans, comparing it to how lies were used in the lead-up to the Iraq War.
Goldberg and Hayes described the documentary as a collection of incoherent plot promotion, which is “full of inaccurate facts, half-truths, deceptive images, and damned omissions”.
They said it was the most egregious example of a long-running trend of opinion hosts to amplify the false claims and outlandish narratives of former President Donald Trump, while the news side of Fox conveys the truth.
“If someone with such a platform shares such misinformation loud enough and for long enough, there are Americans who will believe it – and act on it,” they wrote. “This is not my theory. This is what actually happened on January 6, 2021.”
The authors haven’t appeared on most Fox opinion shows lately. Their recent appearances were largely limited to being members of the panel on the Brett Bayer news show or the Chris Wallace Show on Sunday.
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