Skip to comments.Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes Quit Fox News, Upset Over Jan. 6 Documentary
Posted on 11/22/2021 11:54:36 AM PST by MNJohnnie
Fox News commentators Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes have quit the network, upset over a documentary about Jan. 6 that was produced by Tucker Carlson.
“With the release of ‘Patriot Purge,’ we felt we could no longer ‘do right as we see it’ and remain at Fox News. So we resigned,” they wrote in a joint post at The Dispatch, where both work.
“Patriot Purge” is a documentary series from Carlson about what took place on Jan. 6, when protesters and rioters breached the U.S. Capitol in Washington, interrupting a joint session of Congress that was certifying electoral votes.
A preview released earlier this month quotes officials and media personalities comparing the breach to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which Carlson argues is part of “pushing the lie of a domestic white terror army.”
“Jan. 6 is being used as a pretext to strip millions of Americans, disfavored Americans, of their core constitutional rights, and to defame them as domestic terrorists,” he said, adding that some of what has been promoted about what happened is untrue.
Goldberg and Hayes, part of a small group of conservatives who opposed former President Donald Trump for most of his time in office, said they see the documentary as part of a pattern at Fox of amplifying “false claims” and “bizarre narratives” of Trump.
“‘Patriot Purge’ 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,” they wrote.
Both men joined Fox in 2009. They primarily appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and “Special Report.”
A Fox executive told The Epoch Times in an email that the network had no intention of re-signing Hayes or Goldberg when their contracts came up in 2022.
The resignations drew praise from some, including Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who have both repeatedly attacked Trump in recent months.
Cheney said on Twitter that the men were “standing up for truth and calling out dangerous lies.”
Others panned the move, including Carlson, who sent out a promotion of the documentary that described it as the series “that drove Jonah Goldberg to an impotent rage.”
“Thank you to Jonah Goldberg and Steve Hayes for putting us out of our misery; now we don’t have to be accosted by your illogical and nonsensical takes while watching Fox News,” said Jennifer Van Laar, managing editor of Red State.
AWWWW! Their feewings were hurt!
Don’t let the door hit your fat ass on the way out.
Jonah, Stephen, show us on this doll where the documentary hurt you.
More National Review tw@ts.
Commies don’t like competing “narratives.”
Won’t be missed
If Tucker keeps telling the truth, ALL the lefties might quit.
It’s got to sting a little when you resign in a huff, nobody cares, and your former employer confirms they were going to let you go anyway.
FOX said they wee not renewing their contracts in 2022 so this was really manly of them to quit before they got fired.
Are they going to run over to CNN and Al Jazeera so they can feel better about themselves 🤪
Good riddance, scumbags.
I guess “resigned in protest from Fox News” looks better on the resumes they submit to MSNBC and CNN then ‘fired by Fox News”
Will anyone notice?
Eff all Soros’ flunkies.
Poor dumb idiots. Without Fox, nobody and I mean nobody is ever going to hear from or care about these two again. Not that anyone cared that much when they were on Fox.
Fox has a choice to make here and it is coming real soon. Die on the Chrissy Wallace/Brett Baier Hill and become a slightly less liberal CNN or be a true alternative to the Narrative Media. They already got a taste of what that was like when they went full in on calling the election in AZ way too early.
Be warned Fox, you don’t have a Comcast or a Disney that will treat you as a tax write-off when you hemorrhage cash. Oh no, you are a stand alone that needs those ratings.
Chris Wallace or oblivion. Hmmm, which will it be?
Now time for Brett Baier to go. He and Hayes were college frat bros. Now hoping for a hat trick.
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