NEW YORK — Two writers who have received paid contributions to Fox News Channel have resigned, citing Tucker Carlson’s documentary “Patriot Purge” about last January’s Capitol uprising as a final straw for them.
Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, who published a Substack newsletter on conservative news called The Dispatch, have both worked for Fox since 2009.
“The voices of the responsible are being drowned out by the irresponsible,” they wrote on their site. They did not immediately return Associated Press messages on Monday.
Fox had no comment on their criticism. Carlson told The New York Times that their departure was great news. “Our viewers will be grateful,” he said.
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“Patriot Purge” is a three-part documentary released last month on the streaming service Fox Nation. In it, Carlson argues that January 6 is being used as a pretext for the persecution of conservative Americans, comparing it to how falsehoods were used in the lead-up to the Iraq war.
Goldberg and Hayes called the documentary a collection of incoherent conspiracies, which are “riddled with factual errors, half-truths, deceptive imagery and damning omissions.”
They said it was the most egregious example of a long-term trend of opinion makers amplifying former President Donald Trump’s false claims and outlandish stories as Fox’s news side reports the truth.
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“If someone with such a platform shares such misinformation loud enough and long enough, there are Americans who will believe in it — and act on it,” they wrote. “This is not theoretical. This is what actually happened on January 6, 2021.”
The two writers haven’t been on most of the Fox opinion programs lately. Their most recent appearances have been largely limited to panelists on Bret Baier’s news show or Chris Wallace’s Sunday show.
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