Early Fox News Hire Calls Out Network For Letting 'Right Wing Hosts' Use 'Partisan Misinformation'

Former Fox News correspondent of nearly 22 years Carl Cameron has called out his former employer, accusing the network of allowing right-wing hosts to drown out straight journalism.

"The idea of fair and balanced news appealed to me," Cameron said in a video for progressive news start-up Front Page Live, a new collaborative venture of the veteran journalist. "But over the years [at Fox News], the right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation. I left," he said.

Cameron launched Front Page Live with Think Progress reporter Joseph Romm.

"I kept my personal beliefs very, very to myself while I worked at Fox," Cameron told The Washington Post. "I have unfinished business," he asserted. The journalist also told the newspaper that many Fox News viewers made assumptions about his personal politics based on his position at the network, but he always avoided expressing his opinions.

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YouTube screenshot of journalist Carl Cameron speaking on Fox News in a clip included in a video by Front Page Live and published on June 24 Screenshot/YouTube

In Cameron's new video, he pointed out that he was one of Fox News' first hires and regularly covered presidential elections. The journalist explained that for him, journalism isn't about partisan slant. He asserted that Front Page Live was "about facts not partisanship."

When Cameron left Fox News in 2017, he issued an official statement speaking fondly of his time with the network.

"After nearly 22 amazing, challenging, wonderful years ... I'm retiring from Fox News," he said at the time. "I will always be grateful for the relationships, experiences, and many lessons over the last two decades."

Fox News has faced significant criticism, particularly from Democrats, for being overtly partisan in its news coverage, with nightly and early morning programming that openly favors Republicans and President Donald Trump. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) even announced that it would boycott the network and not host any of the 2020 primary debates on Fox News. Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts also announced that she'd boycott the network, refusing to do a town hall on the channel despite several other candidates choosing to do so.

Warren blasted the network with the announcement of her decision last month, saying she refused to help Fox News continue its "charade" as a "legit journalism" outlet. The senator added that she did not want to be complicit in aiding the network to attract advertiser deals and sponsorships.

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The News Corporation headquarters, owner of Fox News, stands in Manhattan on April 5, 2017, in New York City Spencer Platt/Getty

"Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet. But a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass," she tweeted at the time.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, and several others seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination—such as Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota—have chosen to do town halls with the network, however.

"For better or for worse―and it is for worse―for whatever reason, you know, Fox has a huge viewing audience," Sanders told Huff Post in April. "And to simply say that we're not going to talk to millions of people who watch that network, I don't think is smart."

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.