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Irresponsible Tucker Carlson & Fox Noise

Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes resign from Fox News, protesting "irresponsible" voices like Tucker Carlson

Every month or so, while conversing with sources at Fox News, I express surprise that Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes are still employed by the network. After all, the two men are reality-based conservative thinkers who refuse to capitulate to Donald Trump. Unfortunately, Fox viewers rarely get to hear from them. They are booked by the network's producers so rarely that their contracts could be likened to golden handcuffs.

Hayes and Goldberg announced Sunday night that they have resigned from Fox. The pair wrote in a blog post for The Dispatch, their online home, that Tucker Carlson's "Patriot Purge" propaganda film was the last straw.

"Fox News still does real reporting, and there are still responsible conservatives providing valuable opinion and analysis," the men wrote. "But the voices of the responsible are being drowned out by the irresponsible," and Carlson is the case in point.

CNN and other news outlets have described how "Patriot Purge" is disturbing evidence of right-wing radicalization, complete with January 6 denialism and paranoid descriptions of a new war on terror targeting Republicans, with references to Guantanamo Bay and images of waterboarding.

"This is not happening. And we think it's dangerous to pretend it is," the Goldberg and Hayes wrote. "If a person with such a platform shares such misinformation loud enough and long enough, there are Americans who will believe -- and act upon -- it."

Goldberg and Hayes simply could not be a part of it anymore.

New York Times media columnist Ben Smith, who broke the resignation news on Sunday, called up Carlson for reaction, and the trollish host naturally celebrated, saying "our viewers will be grateful" that Goldberg and Hayes are gone. But the conservative movement will suffer for it.