Dog bites man

And in other news, Fox slants the news:

At the height of the health care reform debate last fall, Bill Sammon, Fox News’ controversial Washington managing editor, sent a memo directing his network’s journalists not to use the phrase “public option.”

Instead, Sammon wrote, Fox’s reporters should use “government option” and similar phrases — wording that a top Republican pollster had recommended in order to turn public opinion against the Democrats’ reform efforts.

Journalists on the network’s flagship news program, Special Report with Bret Baier, appear to have followed Sammon’s directive in reporting on health care reform that evening.

Sources familiar with the situation in Fox’s Washington bureau have told Media Matters that Sammon uses his position as managing editor to “slant” Fox’s supposedly neutral news coverage to the right. Sammon’s “government option” email is the clearest evidence yet that Sammon is aggressively pushing Fox’s reporting to the right — in this case by issuing written orders to his staff.

6 thoughts on “Dog bites man

  1. The Media Matters header says that the Fox News editor was “caught” directing reporters to slant the news…………..blah, blah, blah………………………

    Hell, you could be blind, deaf, and dumb and know that everything from Fox’s news outlet is slanted. They ARE the news-arm of the Rethuglicans, right?

  2. Of course, [a|the] [strong|robust]? public [health insurance]? [option|plan] never existed as a serious policy, so it was very easy for FOX, et al, to redefine it. (By contrast, everybody instantly knows what “Medicare for All” means, which is why the career “progressives” who pushed for PO tried to hijack its branding.)

    Please, I’m begging you. Can’t somebody put the public option zombie sparkle pony to rest?

  3. The Republicans are continually turning out propaganda (talking points) and Democrats who ignore them, don’t shoot them down with a lot of noise – are continuing to make a BIG mistake. We need more independents/anti-Republicans to talk up big!

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