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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Two Fox authors quit, citing “irresponsible” voices

NEW YORK (AP) – Two writers paid by Fox News Channel have stepped down, citing Tucker Carlson’s documentary, Purification of the Patriots, about the US Capitol uprising last January as the last straw for them.

Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, who launched the conservative newsletter Substack called The Dispatch, have both worked for Fox since 2009.

“The voices of those responsible are drowned out by the irresponsible,” they wrote on their website. They did not immediately respond to Associated Press reports on Monday.

Fox did not comment on their criticism in any way. 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 via Fox Nation. In it, Carlson claims that January 6 is used as an excuse to persecute conservative Americans, and compares this to how lies were used in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

Goldberg and Hayes called the documentary a collection of incoherent conspiracy that is “riddled with factual inaccuracies, half-truths, deceptive imagery, and gruesome omissions.”

It was the most egregious example of a long-term trend, they said, with opinion leaders reinforcing false statements and bizarre stories from former President Donald Trump while Fox News reports the truth.

“If a person with such a platform loudly and long enough shares such disinformation, there will be Americans who will believe in it and will act in accordance with it,” they wrote. “It’s not theoretical. This is exactly what happened on January 6, 2021 ”.

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Lately, both writers have not appeared on most of the Fox shows. Their most recent appearances have been largely limited to appearances on the Bret Bayer News Show or the Chris Wallace Sunday Show.

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