Off-The-Rails Cable TV News Gets Called Out

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- As I get older and the political climate becomes more and more hysterical and obnoxious, I find I have less tolerance for cable TV infotainment.

And that’s a problem, because my work requires that I watch a lot of it.

Still, these days, I’m quick on the remote control trigger when an especially abhorent panel of propagandists for either party comes on. Give me a third-rate reporter or analyst trying to stick to the facts over a partisan shill any day.

But I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who’s losing patience with the degraded state of the coverage.

Perhaps over the years you’ve seen retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters on Fox News, or read his columns in various newspapers. He is an arch-conservative who knows his stuff, a man whose distaste for President Obama’s foreign policy was so thorough, he got himself briefly suspended from Fox for the language he used to insult the president, no easy feat on that network.

But Peters revealed yesterday in an email he has parted ways with Fox, claiming it 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.”

Peters slammed Fox’s primetime hosts for “profoundly dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department [and] the courts,” and concluded “Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.”

That needed to be said by someone with Peters’ conservative credentials. Predictably, Fox responded by insulting Peters’ integrity.

Too bad.

They need to start spending more time worrying about their own.

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