A (now former) Fox News contributor just laid waste to the network as a “propaganda machine” in the best thing you’ll read all week

One Fox News contributor, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Ralph Peters — a man who was once suspended from Fox Business News for calling President Obama a “pussy,” so hardly a liberal snowflake — has HAD IT with Fox News, and in an email to his colleagues BURNED THE MOTHERFUCKER DOWN:

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.

In my view, Fox 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. When prime-time hosts–who have never served our country in any capacity–dismiss facts and empirical reality to launch profoundly dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community (in which I served) and, not least, a model public servant and genuine war hero such as Robert Mueller–all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of “deep-state” machinations– I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove. To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.

As a Russia analyst for many years, it also has appalled me that hosts who made their reputations as super-patriots and who, justifiably, savaged President Obama for his duplicitous folly with Putin, now advance Putin’s agenda by making light of Russian penetration of our elections and the Trump campaign. Despite increasingly pathetic denials, it turns out that the “nothing-burger” has been covered with Russian dressing all along. And by the way: As an intelligence professional, I can tell you that the Steele dossier rings true–that’s how the Russians do things.. The result is that we have an American president who is terrified of his counterpart in Moscow.

“The ‘nothing-burger’ has been covered with Russian dressing all along.”

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KILL IT WITH FIRE, LIEUTENANT COLONEL. You can read the entire email on Buzzfeed.

Fox News replied with the following statement: “Ralph Peters is entitled to his opinion despite the fact that he’s choosing to use it as a weapon in order to gain attention. We are extremely proud of our top-rated primetime hosts and all of our opinion programming.”

Fox News’ contributor Tonka Linguini is a fucking monster who kicks her dog.

On the heels of yesterday’s post about Trump hiring people from the teevees, former Fox News executive Bill Shine (former, because he was ousted when all those sexual harassment claims came out about Bill O’Reilly) is no longer in contention for White House Communications Director.

The defamation lawsuit filed against Donald Trump by a former Apprentice contestant is moving forward. This in addition to a former Playmate who is suing to get out of her deal with the National Enquirer who paid her $150,000 for her story about her affair with Trump only to not publish it, and the ongoing — and hilarious — Stormy Daniels mess, and it looks like it might just be women who take Trump down before Mueller. AS LONG AS SOMEONE DOES.

By the way, tomorrow Anderson Cooper will be interviewing Karen McDougal, the Playmate mentioned above. This, on the heels of last night’s insane interviews with Stormy Daniels’ and Michael Cohen’s lawyers:

And Bret Baier is going to interview James Comey on April 26.

Teresa Giudice just got dragged into the Dummy Jr. — Aubrey O’Day affair story, just in case you didn’t think any of this could become any more absurd:

True fact: Trump once presented the future governor of New York her first Emmy.

Everything you want to know about season 2 of Westworld is right here.

Sherlock and Watson are not lovers because love is dead.

The Getty family is threatening to sue FX over the upcoming series Trust.

Sooooo … was that How to Get Away with Murder finale a season finale or a series finale? Apparently, it was written to serve as both.

Wait, Rick & Morty hasn’t been renewed?

The Vermont resort where Bachelor Winter Games was filmed has been ordered to shut down as a public health risk for failure to pay their taxes.

iHeartRadio has filed for bankruptcy, and I don’t wish bad luck on anyone but maybe this will save me from having to type their dumb name into my TV guides in the future. Because ugh.

Oh no! Get well soon, Chris March!

I mean, what do you expect from someone who stars on a show called Gypsy Sisters if not coupon scams?

Some Game of Thrones junk:

In the same panel where she said that the cost of making Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies “raped” HBO, Francisco Orsi, the Senior VP of drama, let out this alarming tidbit about the table read of season 8:

“None of the cast had received the scripts prior,” Orsi said, “and one by one they started falling down to their deaths.”

By the end of the read, Orsi said, the whole cast was crying and afterward gave a lengthy ovation.

YIKES.

Ser Mormont warns us to expect the unexpected in the final season. He also suggests that Mormont won’t be sent out on any more suicide missions, but will stick close to Daenerys’ side. Hmm.

The cast, in general, seems to have learned the lesson of the Lost finale: that you aren’t going to please all of the people all of the time.

Here is some set news that is really, really specific.

As if it weren’t perfectly clear: Jon Snow will not be in the spinoffs.

Rose Leslie doesn’t want to be spoiled any more than you do.

#MeToo

You should read this piece by a former Vampire Diaries writer about her experience with abuse — and the power of being believed.

BREAKING: Quentin Tarantino sounds like a real asshole.

Eric Weinberger, the president of the media company The Ringer, is out for being gross.

BBC and Sky have taken a look at their gender pay gaps and found that they pay men 18.9% and 11.5% more respectively. Hey, at least they are looking at the problem and trying to fix it. American broadcasters? Where ya at?

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Nightflyers will debut on Syfy sometime in the fall.

R.I.P.

Greg Sill, Music supervisor

WATCH THIS

Krypton: Superman’s grandfather learns his planet is going to be destroyed in the series premiere. 9 p.m., Syfy

The X-Files: Cigarette Man pushes forward with his plan in the season (series?) finale. 7 p.m., Fox

Speechless: J.J. goes to a film festival where he’s been nominated for an award. Season finale. 7:30 p.m., ABC

9-1-1: Buck is confronted about his past actions in the season finale. 8 p.m., Fox

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Season finale. 9 p.m., FX

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