Fox News insists that there’s a difference between its “opinion” programming and its “news” programming. One top exec has been repeatedly proving his network wrong.
In exclusive new audio, Media Matters for America catches Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon bragging that he repeatedly lied when he speculated on-air “about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism,” an allegation he privately found “rather far-fetched.”
If you’re looking for the walking embodiment of how Fox is a political attack machine disguised as a news network, look no further than Sammon, who has a pattern of using his position as a “news” editor to distort and slant the facts and push an ideological agenda.
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Speaking in 2009 onboard a pricey Mediterranean cruise sponsored by a right-wing college, Sammon described his public attempts the previous year to link Obama to “socialism” as “mischievous speculation.” Sammon, who is also a Fox News vice president, acknowledged that he had “privately” believed that the socialism allegation was “rather far-fetched.”
A Media Matters review found that Sammon – then the network’s Washington deputy managing editor –linked Obama’s “spread the wealth around” remarks to socialism in four separate October 2008 Fox appearances. And Sammon’s ”mischief” wasn’t limited to his on-air appearances. As Media Matters reported, Sammon also pushed Fox News colleagues to play the socialism card.
In addition, multiple leaked emails to Media Matters for America show that Sammon pushes his political agenda into “news” programming on issues like climate change, health care, and the Middle East. He’s even gone on right-wing talk radio to claim that President Obama has “controversial” views on “the white race.”
Bill Sammon’s position directing news coverage is a clear example of how Fox News hurts journalism. By making smears, falsehoods and attacks a higher priority than the facts, Sammon distorts our political process. It’s Fox News’ problem — and ours.
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