Fox News VP: Admitted Smearing Obama as Socialist, Marxist Menace

March 29, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)— Media Matters published a report today, proving once again, that Fox News is a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party. Of course, this is no great revelation, but stories like these help to eat away at the lie perpetuated by Fox News that it’s a “fair and balanced” non-partisan news network. Media Matters has audio of Bill Sammon, admitting to a conservative audience on board a cruise ship, that he purposely manipulated and directed news coverage on Fox News, to smear then-candidate Barak Obama with false stories portraying him as a dangerous socialist and Marxist. Sammon is Fox’s Washington managing editor and a Fox News vice president, who has previously been caught by Media Matters ideologically slanting the so-called “straight” news coverage on Fox News to favor right-wing policies. But what’s different this time, is that Sammon admits he was lying about Obama being a socialist. He referred to his vicious anti-Obama campaign leading up to a presidential election, as “mischievous speculation.”

In fact, Sammon was bragging about the anti-Obama lies that he personally helped to peddle on-air, in print and through internal directives to his news staff.

Media Matters writes:

“In newly uncovered audio, a Fox News executive boasts that he lied repeatedly during the closing days of the 2008 presidential campaign when he speculated on-air “about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism.”‘

“Speaking in 2009 onboard a pricey Mediterranean cruise sponsored by a right-wing college, Fox Washington managing editor Bill Sammon described his attempts the previous year to link Obama to “socialism” as “mischievous speculation.” Sammon, who is also a Fox News vice president, acknowledged that “privately” he had believed that the socialism allegation was “rather far-fetched.”‘

‘”Last year, candidate Barack Obama stood on a sidewalk in Toledo, Ohio, and first let it slip to Joe the Plumber that he wanted to quote, ‘spread the wealth around,’ ” said Sammon. “At that time, I have to admit, that I went on TV on Fox News and publicly engaged in what I guess was some rather mischievous speculation about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism, a premise that privately I found rather far-fetched.'”

In an interview with The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz, Sammon justified his Obama smear campaign, by arguing that his lies about Obama being a Socialist actually came true, so in hindsight, he was right.

“In an interview, Sammon says his reference to “mischevious speculation” was “my probably inartful way of saying, ‘Can you believe how far this thing has come?'” The socialism question indeed “struck me as a far-fetched idea” in 2008. “I considered it kind of a remarkable notion that we would even be having the conversation.” He doesn’t regret repeatedly raising it on the air because, Sammon says, “it was a main point of discussion on all the channels, in all the media” — and by 2009 he was “astonished by how the needle had moved.”‘

Can you imagine a managing news editor of NBC, ABC or CBS, bragging about misleading viewers with smears and innuendo, and trying to pass it off as real news? No, neither can anyone else.

Fox News exists for one reason and one reason only: to advance Republican right-wing ideology and attack the other side.

See Media Matters for more.


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