Ex-Fox News Correspondent Pans Network: It ‘Drowned Out Straight Journalism With Partisan Misinformation’

A Fox News original hire who served as a correspondent for more than two decades is calling out the network for allowing its opinion hosts to overshadow its journalists.

Carl Cameron, who was a regular on such programs as Special Report and Shepard Smith Reporting, expressed his views in a video promoting his new venture — a progressive alternative to the Drudge Report, the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reported. In the video, Cameron explained why he signed on to Fox News in the first place, and what made him leave.

“The idea of fair and balanced news appealed to me,” Cameron said. “But over the years, the right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation. I left.”

Cameron told the Post that viewers often made assumptions about his politics based on his employer, but he never commented either way.

“I kept my personal beliefs very very to myself while I worked at Fox,” Cameron said. Of his new project, a startup launched with ThinkProgress reporter Josheph Romm, Cameron told the Post “I have unfinished business.”

Cameron retired from Fox News in 2017. “After nearly 22 amazing, challenging wonderful years … I’m retiring from Fox News,” he said at the time. “I will always be immensely grateful for the relationships, experiences, and many lessons over the last two decades.”

‘The Trump-Fox Feedback Loop’: CNN’s Stelter Analyzes the Pro and Anti-War Factions at Fox News

CNN host Brian Stelter said Donald Trump’s military policy toward Iran is reflective of the “Fox-Trump feedback loop,” pointing to reports that the president backed off missile strikes against the country after conversations with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Stelter, who made the comments on Sunday’s airing of Reliable Sources, began the segment by showing a 2015 clip of Meet the Press host Chuck Todd in which Trump said he gets his military advice from “the shows.”

“Tucker Carlson, Fox host, has been staunchly in the anti-war camp, advising the president, pleading with the president not to talk to Iran,” Stelter observed. “But there’s also a pro-war faction at Fox. Sean Hannity talking about Trump bombing the hell out of Iran.”

“Here is what’s interesting about what happened,” he continued. “The president pulled back from the strike plan, the hosts on Fox, some of them like Brian Kilmeade said it was a mistake, showed weakness but others like Judge Jeanine Pirro are now praising the president.”

Pirro said the president showed “common sense” by pulling out of the planned strikes against Iran.

Later in the Reliable Sources segment, CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd suggested Trump unplug from the network shows and return to the situation room:

“We’ve known for a long time that president trump has a shadow cabinet… They don’t have up-to-date intelligence on the state of play on the ground… Donald Trump should turn off the television and get back to the situation room. And the fact that he is wargaming through the media right now, he is tweeting about why he called off the strike or pulled back, he made the right decision in my opinion but the fact that he is allowing this to play out in the media means that the whole world knows about his indecision and, by the way, Iran can use this to play the victim card. Every time the president tweets with his plans, Iran can say that the united states was about to attack them. This should all be happening behind closed doors and President Trump should turn off the television for a change.”

“It does show the Fox-Trump feedback loop,” Stelter added.

Watch above, via CNN.