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Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg, Fox News contributors since 2009, have quit the network in protest over the recent incident by Fox News star Tucker Carlson. Purge of the Patriots docu-series. The special, which is currently airing on Fox’s online streaming service Fox Nation, pushes a series of conspiracy theories about the January 6 Capitol uprising, including the baseless claim that the deadly riot was a “false flag” orchestrated by the federal government.

Revealing their departures to The New York Times’ Ben Smith on Sunday, former contributors – who founded center-right publication Never Trump The Dispatch in 2019 – called Carlson’s documentary “really dangerous” and factually inaccurate. “Whether it’s ‘Patriot Purge’ or anti-vax stuff, I don’t want it on my behalf, and I want to call it out and criticize it,” Goldberg said. “I don’t want to feel like I’m betraying a trust I had in being a Fox News contributor.”

The couple’s views in recent years, however, have fallen by the wayside of the Republican mainstream. As a result, they were not welcome on the network’s prime-time opinion broadcasts while they were only seen occasionally on Fox’s so-called news programs such as Special report and Fox News Sunday. Goldberg also said he hoped Fox News would “turn the boat around” after Donald Trump’s election defeat in 2020, but that Purge of the Patriots was “a sign that people have made their peace with this direction of things, and there is no plan, at least, that someone has made known to me for a course correction.”

Carlson, for his part, celebrated the departure of Hayes and Goldberg after 12 years, saying it was “great news” and “viewers of the network will be grateful.”

Read it on The New York Times