It seems like an easy way for a retired armed forces officer to make some extra cash.
Making appearances on Fox News as a contributing military analyst isn’t physically taxing, adding your opinions on the issues of the day from your own unique perspective isn’t difficult, and your public profile soars along with your name recognition.
But according to Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (retired), the role was not all fun and games during the Trump administration.
It took a huge psychological toll, Peters explained, as part of a new documentary by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, entitled Fox and the Big Lie: Trump Returns to Campaign Trail Amid “Stolen Election” Lawsuits.
The retired United States Army lieutenant colonel described how the guests with whom he shared the Fox News green room — the waiting area that guests stay in before their appearances — became increasingly ideological and detached from reality the longer that Trump remained in office.
“The green room over the last several years into the Trump administration, when I left, the guests got more and more bizarre, more distasteful,” Peters revealed.
Peters relied on a relatable example to describe the exotic situation he encountered backstage in the Fox News studios.
“The green room started to be like the bar scene in the first Star Wars film,” he explained. “These people are freaks. Ah, and then you realize, you’re one of the freaks!” he said of his dawning self-awareness.
When asked to explain his “freaks” description, Peters issued a devastating assessment of his fellow Fox News commentators.
“People with no qualifications who could not even speak cogently, who could only speak the lines they’d memorized praising Trump, as though he were a heathenv cult of personality than sober and dispassionate analysts of the events of the day.
It was exactly this type of environment that led Lt. Col. Peters to publicly resign his recurring role as an expert analyst on the network in March of 2018, issuing a damning indictment of Fox News in his goodbye letter to his colleagues.
“Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer. I swore to “support and defend the Constitution,” and that oath did not expire when I took off my uniform. 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,” Peters wrote.
Peter’s interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation can now be considered part of his penance for his shame.
You can watch an excerpt of Lt. Col. Peter’s comments in the video below.
From the great Australian Broadcasting Company doc, “Fox and The Big Lie,” former Fox military analyst says, “The Green Room started to be like the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie. These people are freaks. And then you realize, you’re one of the freaks!” pic.twitter.com/f9SsN2qt7n
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) August 31, 2021
Original reporting by Bob Brigham at RawStory.
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