Cruise Ship Confession: Top Fox News Executive Admits Lying On-Air About Obama

Posted: March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized


Following closely on the heels of a former high-level staffer who admitted recently that “we just make this stuff up,” and that his sole editorial guidance had been to simply “think like an intolerant meathead,” this revelation really leaves one wondering why any credulous person would not figure out that the purpose of Fox News is to deceive and manipulate, and certainly not to inform.

For a “journalism” organization that doesn’t even *have* a standards manual, much less enforce one, to claim that it is “fair and balanced,” truly stretches credulity, so it is hardly surprising that the recent revelation above, considered together with this one, reveal Fox News to actually be what it is often accused of being – little more than Rupert Murdoch’s personal propaganda channel.

The arrogance of capital, the naïve, trusting, intellectually lazy credulity of the conservative Great Unwashed.  No wonder the Enlightenment is on the ropes.



Cruise Ship Confession: Top Fox News Executive Admits Lying On-Air About Obama

Tuesday 29 March 2011

by: Eric Hananoki

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.”

Indeed, in the weeks leading up to the 2008 election, Sammon used his Fox position to engage in a campaign to tie Obama to “Marxists” and “socialism.” A Media Matters review found that Sammon – then the network’s Washington deputy managing editor – repeatedly linked Obama’s “spread the wealth around” remark to socialism during his October 2008 Fox appearances.

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. On October 27, 2008, Sammon sent an email to staffers highlighting what he described as “Obama’s references to socialism, liberalism, Marxism and Marxists” in his 1995 autobiography Dreams From My Father. Shortly after sending the email, Sammon appeared on two Fox News programs to discuss his research and also wrote a piece about Obama’s “affinity to Marxists.”


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