comScore

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz Addresses Ralph Peters Ripping Fox: He ‘Gets a Bit Carried Away’

Fox News host Howard Kurtz took time from his Sunday morning show to address Retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters’s highly-publicized departure from the network this week, in which he said he was “ashamed” of the news organization for “assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers.”

The anchor described Peters as “a passionate guy who sometimes gets a bit carried away,” before playing a reel of some of his most controversial on-air statements.

“This is really about Ralph Peters strongly disagreeing with Fox News’ primetime hosts on Trump,” he added. “I get that Fox’s hosts have drawn flak because they generally but not always support a controversial president… Don’t lump everyone in the network together when there are separate news and opinion divisions here — both of which play a vital role.”

Fox News also released a statement deriding Peters, saying he’s “entitled to his opinion despite the fact that he’s choosing to use it as a weapon in order to gain attention.”

Peters worked for Fox News for nearly a decade, though he was temporarily suspended in 2015 for calling former President Barack Obama a “total pussy” on live television. In an email sent to his colleagues and obtained by BuzzFeed News on Tuesday, he said he was “appalled” by the network’s coverage of Trump’s Russia scandal, adding his belief that “we have an American president who is terrified of his counterpart in Moscow.”

Watch a clip of Kurtz’s response to the departure above, via Fox News.

[image via screengrab]

Follow Chris Riotta (@ChrisRiotta) on Twitter

Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

Filed Under:

Follow Mediaite: