Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes resign from Fox News, protesting ‘irresponsible’ voices like Tucker Carlson

By Brian Stelter, CNN Business

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Every month or so, whereas conversing with sources at Fox News, I categorical shock that Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes are nonetheless employed by the community. The two males are reality-based conservative thinkers who refused to capitulate to Donald Trump. Unfortunately, Fox viewers not often bought to listen to from them. This yr they had been booked by the community’s producers so not often that their contracts might be likened to golden handcuffs.

Now they’re ditching the cuffs. Hayes and Goldberg introduced Sunday evening that they’ve resigned from Fox. The pair wrote in a weblog put up for The Dispatch, their on-line house, that Tucker Carlson’s “Patriot Purge” propaganda movie was the final straw.

“Fox News still does real reporting, and there are still responsible conservatives providing valuable opinion and analysis,” the lads wrote. “But the voices of the responsible are being drowned out by the irresponsible,” and Carlson is the living proof. CNN and many different information shops have described how “Patriot Purge” is disturbing proof of right-wing radicalization, full with January 6 denialism and paranoid descriptions of a “new war on terror” focusing on Republicans. Goldberg and Hayes merely couldn’t take it anymore.

New York Times media columnist Ben Smith, who broke the resignation information on Sunday, known as up Carlson for response, and the trollish host naturally celebrated, saying “our viewers will be grateful” that Goldberg and Hayes are gone. But the conservative motion will undergo for it.

Rep. Liz Cheney, one of many Republican get together’s foremost critics of Trump and the Big Lie, tweeted out a thank-you to the 2 males “for standing up for truth and calling out dangerous lies.”

A uncommon view inside Fox

Goldberg, in a cellphone interview with Smith, supplied a uncommon on-the-record peek inside Fox’s political positioning. Per Smith, “Goldberg said that” he and Hayes “stayed on at Fox News as long they did because of a sense from conversations at Fox that, after Mr. Trump’s defeat, the network would try to recover some of its independence and, as he put it, ‘right the ship.’” But Fox’s determination to advertise and publish “Patriot Purge” in early November was “a sign that people have made peace with this direction of things, and there is no plan, at least, that anyone made me aware of for a course correction,” Goldberg stated.

In Sunday evening’s put up on The Dispatch, the 2 commentators stated the “Patriot Purge” internet collection “creates an alternative history of January 6, contradicted not just by common sense, not just by the testimony and on-the-record statements of many participants, but by the reporting of the news division of Fox News itself.”

Hayes and Goldberg praised the “news side” (which retains shrinking at Fox) however acknowledged that the opinion facet has radicalized. “The release of ‘Patriot Purge’ wasn’t an isolated incident,” they wrote, “it was merely the most egregious example of a longstanding trend.” So they’re out. “We do not regret our decision,” they concluded, “even if we find it regrettably necessary.”


— NYT’s Jonathan Martin framed the resignation information as “Fox makes its choice, con’t.” My interpretation: Fox retains siding with the populist pro-Trump base over the GOP’s extra rational, mental voices…

— Former VP Pence aide turned Trump admin critic Olivia Troye wrote, “Thank you Jonah Goldberg & Stephen Hayes for taking a stand for the truth against an ongoing dangerous enterprise.”

— Conservative author Bill Kristol despatched the 2 males kudos “for standing up to Fox, yelling Stop, at a time when few other conservatives are inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it…”

— Liberal author Dan Froomkin’s reaction: “We should ALL quit Fox Noise. And reality-based journalists should work to wean America off it…”

— “Steve and Jonah have been two of the bravest journalists during this whole mess,” David Brooks tweeted. “They’ve taken positions that carry real costs. Think about supporting The Dispatch.”

— On Saturday, Jim Acosta dubbed Tucker Carlson “the BS Factory’s employee of the year…”

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