LEAKED EMAIL: Fox boss caught slanting news reporting

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." Full Story »

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Jon Mitchell
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by Jon Mitchell - Dec. 29, 2010

This report provides incontrovertible evidence of editors at Fox News managing content with a political slant.

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Patrick McGuire
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by Patrick McGuire - Dec. 29, 2010

I enjoyed the article. The author even published the pertinent e-mails which made the article more believable and responsible. After all accoring to Bill Sammon quotes are sacrosanct.

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Vincent Caminiti
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by Vincent Caminiti - Dec. 10, 2010

The story is short to the point and delivers on the lede. Almost every scintilla of this report is verifiable by a simple viewing of fox news and / or the flotilla of itinerant talking right-wing heads that frequent the newsy shows. It would be hard to find a person (not employed by Fox) that would argue about the obvious bias engineered into the Fox News programming - however, this article goes about to give the reader a peek at the tactics used to deliver the Fox strategy.

Simply stated, the Fox organization crafts news in a manner that is consistent with how Rupert Murdoch views journalism; cash cow. It is a carnival act that is very appealing to a great deal of America. Frankly, I'm not sure what is more sad - that a news organization and broadcast empire is so greedy that it re-manufactures news to fit its scheme; that the paid info-tainers on the network actually are a perfect fit because they are zealots; or the vastness of the market to which ... More »

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Dec. 29, 2010

Fox executives regularly defend the network by claiming that the right-wing propaganda on Hannity and its other opinion shows is entirely separate from its news ... More »

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Don Bertschman
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by Don Bertschman - Dec. 11, 2010
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Lynn Caporale
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by Lynn Caporale - Dec. 29, 2010

Sammon wrote, Fox’s reporters should use “government option” and similar phrases — wording that a top Republican pollster had recommended in order ... More »

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Dec. 9, 2010

The news that bias and slant is an official written policy at fox results from good monitoring of journalistic ethics by Media Matters.

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Doug Greer
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by Doug Greer - Dec. 29, 2010

There has always been a lot of money in telling wealthy people and organizations exactly what they want to hear. This explains the profits of Fox News.

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Walter Cox
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by Walter Cox - Dec. 29, 2010

A very well-documented story that provides the reader with more than sufficient evidence to prove that managing editors at Fox work assiduously to slant their news reporting. What is missing is context: Leftist news organizations do exactly the same thing. Anyone who works for, or associates with, leftist organizations knows exactly where the third rail is--though we probably won't be lucky enough to find a damning memo from management defining same. Any leftist reporter who approaches the third rail, even with well-qualifed comments, is summarily fired--witness NPR's firing of Juan Williams. So far I haven't seen any Fox reporters fired for refusing to toe the line.

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Barry Grossheim
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by Barry Grossheim - Dec. 9, 2010

Well, just can't say how surprised I am by this revelation!

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Walaika Haskins
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by Walaika Haskins - Dec. 10, 2010

So now we have proof of their perfidy in writing. Of course, Fox News would try to spin it.

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paul steinmiller
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by paul steinmiller - Dec. 29, 2010

This article shows that there is a political slant that fox news is taking to what they air and report. This shows that the media is biased in this case so that a political party is displayed in a good light more than another, republican over democrat. This just comes to show that not all of the media thats easily seen is good journalism.

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