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Fox News Exec Said President Obama May Be a Socialist… Even Though He Didn’t Believe It

The liberal media-watchdog group Media Matters has yet another story about Fox News Channel’ Washington executive Bill Sammon.

This time, the organization has audio of Sammon admitting that while he said Obama may have been a socialist on-air, he did not actually believe what he was saying.

“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,” Sammon said on a cruise sponsored by a conservative think-tank.

Sammon spoke to The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz to explain his comments:

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Another Bill Sammon Memo, This Time on Climate Change, Is Made Public

Liberal media watchdog group Media Matters has released another memo from Fox News Channel VP and Washington managing editor Bill Sammon. Last week the organization released a memo from Sammon ordering FNC’s news anchors to call the “public option” the “government option” or some variation thereof.

This time, the topic is climate change.

On “Happening Now” last December, Wendell Goler reported that 2000-2009 was expected to be the warmest decade on record. Less than 15 minutes later, according to Media Matters, Sammon sent staffers the following memo:

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Public Option or Government Option? A Fox News Channel Memo Comes Under Scrutiny

A leaked memo from Fox News Channel VP and Washington managing editor Bill Sammon has been making the rounds online this morning. The memo, which is from Fall 2009, advises FNC’s news employees to use the term “government-run health insurance” or “government option” when referring to the health care proposal more popularly known as the “public option.”

What makes the memo notable is that it came just a few days after Republican pollster Frank Luntz appeared on Sean Hannity‘s FNC show and advised the host to not use the term “public option” and instead to use “government option,” saying that adding “government” to the name makes the public less likely to support it.

Sammon spoke to The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz about the incident:

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Fox News, Bloomberg Spar Over Thomas Seat

Oh its on. With Helen Thomas no longer occupying the coveted front row seat in the White House briefing room, the two leading contenders, Fox News and Bloomberg, are making their cases.

Michael Calderone at Yahoo! News has the details, including the letters from Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon and Bloomberg executive editor Al Hunt.


FNC’s argument is that the network was promised the seat when Thomas retired, having previously jockeyed for the spot. Even CNN’s Ed Henry supports the move.

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Correspondents’ Dinner: The MSNBC After Party

Okay… we finally got around to pulling these pictures from our camera. They are from MSNBC’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner after-party.


The boldfacers we saw: Alec Baldwin, FBN’s Charlie Gasparino, the entire Today show front six: Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Al Roker, (with his wife, ABC’s Deborah Roberts) Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford. Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach and husband Andrew Shue; MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough and FNC’s Greta Van Susteren. Also, Brian Williams and wife Jane. Brian dropped in for just a bit, he was going back to New York, only to catch a plane Sunday for New Orleans for a quick trip. He’s back in New York today covering the arrest in the Times Square bomb plot. (Programming note: Brian’s senior producer Subrate De is a guest on tomorrow’s Morning Media Menu podcast: 9:30amET)

But we left on the early side. FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein stuck around for more.


More pictures after the jump…

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Sammon and Boughton Promoted at FNC D.C. Bureau

sammon_2-26.jpgPolitico has the memo from FNC’s EVP John Moody announcing the promotion of two FNC executives in D.C.

Bill Sammon becomes a VP of Fox News and Washington managing editor. “Assuming the title held by Brit Hume is daunting, but Bill, who has been Deputy M.E. for the past six months, has brought energy, leadership and inspired thinking to the office every day,” says the memo. “As Managing Editor, Bill has ultimate authority on editorial matters in Washington. He will report to me.”

Bureau manager Bryan Boughton has been promoted to Washington bureau chief. “Bryan led our coverage through the 2008 presidential campaign, the conventions, election night and the Obama Administration’s rise to power,” said the memo.

In August 2008, both Sammon and Boughton assumed their previous roles.

FNC Scoops Woodward’s Paper on Woodward’s Book

woodward_9-4.jpgThe Huffington Post’s Greg Mitchell writes about’s scoop this afternoon of Bob Woodward‘s upcoming new book (the fourth in the series) about the Bush administration.

FNC’s new Washington deputy managing editor Bill Sammon published a story with excerpts of the upcoming book on Included was the line from Sen. John McCain that got major play (and a Drudge link): “Everything is f—ing spin.”

Shortly thereafter, in what Mitchell called, “obviously in the can,” The Washington Post’s Steve Luxenberg published an article detailing even more aspects of the book.

The possible embargo wasn’t broken by too many days — “The War Within,” hits the shelves September 8.

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Changes To FNC’s DC Bureau

BWilson_8.5.jpgFishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin reports Brian Wilson is stepping aside as Bureau Chief and going back to full time on-air role. Deputy Bureau Chief Brian Boughton becomes the bureau manager.

Politico’s Michael Calderone also reports that no decision has been made as to who will assume Wilson’s role as bureau chief. Also the Washington Examiner’s Bill Sammon has been named deputy managing editor, “which is a new role in the bureau.”