Two longstanding Fox News contributors resigned after the debut of Tucker Carlson’s new program Patriot Purge.
Ben Smith of The New York Times reported that Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes left the network after the special debuted on Fox’s online streaming membership service Fox Nation.
Since 2009, Hayes and Goldberg have made frequent appearances on the network.
The New York Times writes that after viewing the special’s teaser, Goldberg and Hayes texted each other and considered leaving Fox News.
On October 27, the trailer for the special about the riot at the US Capitol on January 6 was released.
That evening, Goldberg texted his business colleague Stephen Hayes, “I’m tempted just to quit Fox over this.”
Hayes responded, “I’m game. Totally outrageous. It will lead to violence. Not sure how we can stay.”
The pair created The Dispatch in 2019 as “…a destination for conservative, fact-based news and discussion by thoughtful readers.”
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Goldberg told the Times in an interview: “Whether it’s Patriot Purge or anti-vax stuff, I don’t want it in my name, and I want to call it out and criticize it. I don’t want to feel like I am betraying a trust that I had by being a Fox News contributor. And I also don’t want to be accused of not really pulling the punches. And then this was just an untenable tension for me.”
Goldberg added: “There are lots of people there that I respect and like and consider friends, and they’re making a decision based upon how to provide for their families and deal with their careers and all of that. And I’m not going to second-guess them. And there are also lots of people over there who think the Fox opinion side today is awesome.” Read more…