As promised, Media Matters’s Joe Strupp wasn’t done going after Fox News. This afternoon he comes out with a story on Fox News management, specifically Washington Managing Editor and V.P. of News Bill Sammon. The piece claims that there is pressure on Fox News reporters by management (Sammon’s a known conservative) to “distort” or “slant” the news.
The story cites two unnamed sources. Not surprisingly, Fox News PR provided no comment when approached.
Sources tell Media Matters that the situation in the Fox Washington bureau represents a dramatic change from when Hume was managing editor. According to one source, the pressure to slant Fox’s reporting is coming from Sammon himself. Another source says that directives are coming from Fox management in New York and that Sammon — unlike Hume — doesn’t have enough sway to push back.