Who Said That?

And why? And what is their spin?

In my travels around nursing homes and apartments there’s always the glowing hearth of a big TV, usually tuned on to news. Several times I’ve heard a newscaster say some really bizarre things, like plaintively moaning about how the ‘death tax’ will bankrupt the heirs of folks whose remaining assets are a stack of food stamps and a needlepoint Kleenex box cover. Then I realize it’s not news, it’s the 700 Club. (this is not a hypothetical)

And then there’s Fox.

This will come as a shock to you, I know, but there’s now pretty much incontrovertible evidence that FOX News is little more than a propaganda unit of the GOP, a leaked e-mail in which Fox News’s Washington managing editor Bill Sammon issued a memo directing his news staff 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….

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.

So reporters were ordered to use language mandated by a ‘top Republican pollster’ when ‘reporting’ the news? I think there is little difference between Fox and the 700 Club ‘news’. They share some audience, and a willingness to use religion for profit and political gain.

Now, more than ever, you have to consider the source. Sites like ours are openly partial. News monopolies like Fox, that pretend to be objective while taking direction from political operatives are a form of air pollution, and have to be filtered.

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