While it’s old news that Fox News is the king of spin and that there were many falsehoods reported by FNC personalities about the health care debate, here is a little proof that came to light recently. Internal memos show Fox News deliberately echoing GOP talking points.

Bill Sammon, Fox News’ controversial Washington managing editor, sent the following memo regarding the use of the phrase “public option.”

From: Sammon, Bill
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:23 AM
To: 054 -FNSunday; 169 -SPECIAL REPORT; 069 -Politics; 030 -Root (FoxNews.Com); 036 -FOX.WHU; 050 -Senior Producers; 051 -Producers
Subject: friendly reminder: let’s not slip back into calling it the “public option”

1)      Please use the term “government-run health insurance” or, when brevity is a concern, “government option,” whenever possible.

2)      When it is necessary to use the term “public option” (which is, after all, firmly ensconced in the nation’s lexicon), use the qualifier “so-called,” as in “the so-called public option.”

3)      Here’s another way to phrase it: “The public option, which is the government-run plan.”

4)      When newsmakers and sources use the term “public option” in our stories, there’s not a lot we can do about it, since quotes are of course sacrosanct.

Fox’s senior vice president for news, Michael Clemente sent he following reply, in which he said that he preferred Fox staffers use Sammon’s third phrasing: “The public option, which is the government-run plan.”

From: Clemente, Michael
To: Sammon, Bill; 054 -FNSunday; 169 -SPECIAL REPORT; 069 -Politics; 030 -Root (FoxNews.Com); 036 -FOX.WHU; 050 -Senior Producers; 051 -Producers
Sent: Tue Oct 27 08:45:29 2009
Subject: RE: friendly reminder: let’s not slip back into calling it the “public option”

Thank you Bill

#3 on your list is the preferred way to say it, write it, use it.

Michael Clemente




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One Response to “Leaked Memos Prove Fox News Health Care Spin”

  1. all seniors should contact fox news
    ATTENTION all you seniors out there , has any one noticed how all the commentators, and host of fox news are desperately trying to push congress into cutting social security? every program has one of their jerks pushing and ranting and raving about how its congress and the senates duty to cut social security. hannity, cavulto, smith, everyone else on there. why are they so desperate to hurt our senior citizens? you dont hear them calling for the politicians to cut their own wages and budgets, the fox news network is out to hurt senior citizens. they all have their millions, just like congressmen and senators, yet they are actually drooling over the idea of cutting social security. my folks are old and have paid into the ss for 50 years before retiring. social security is not an entitlement ,its insurance old people have paid into all their lives and now fox wants to cut it.
    I think every senior needs to contact fox news and demand they stop attacking seniors by demanding social security be cut. I was aloyal fox news watcher but I have gotten fed up with all their calls for cutting social security.and dont watch any more, but if we all stick together and contact fox and let them know they should butt out and stop pushing to hurt old people we will all boycott their sponsers and their programs .

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