The mainstream media is a hyperbolic place, first and foremost, relying on bombast and brazenness to draw in viewers, ratings, and money. We have become accustomed to controversial statements and stances, and watching two adults shout at each other over the news has become somewhat blasé at this point.
But there are still some things that raise an eyebrow or other pique our curiosity and concern, and the latest special presentation from Tucker Carlson has caused quite a stir over at Fox News.
Fox News contributors Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes have resigned following the release of Tucker Carlson’s documentary on the January 6 Capitol insurrection, “Patriot Purge,” citing concerns about the documentary’s potential to incite violence and the cable news outlet’s direction of coverage in the post-Trump era, The New York Times reported.
The pair had been with the company for ages, at least in media terms.
Goldberg and Hayes joined Fox News as contributors in early 2009 while also working for conservative political magazines. In 2019, they worked together to found The Dispatch, a conservative online publication with nearly 30,000 paying subscribers, according to The New York Times.
At the heart of the issue is the suggestion in “Patriot Purge” that the insurrection of January 6th was some sort of “false flag” attack, perpetrated by the far-left and meant to bring shame and trouble to conservatives around the country.
This was too much for the pair, who likened the suggestion to some of the wilder conspiracy theories of our times.