Fox News VP: Sure, I lied about Obama

In case you wondered why Roger Ailes and his motley crew are barred from Canadian TV outlets, here’s this from Media Matters:

In newly uncovered audio, a Fox News executive boasts that he lied repeatedly during the closing days of the 2008 presidential campaign when he speculated on-air “about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism.” Speaking in 2009 on board a pricey Mediterranean cruise sponsored by a right-wing college, Fox Washington managing editor Bill Sammon described his attempts the previous year to link Obama to “socialism” as “mischievous speculation.” Sammon, who is also a Fox News vice president, acknowledged that “privately” he had believed that the socialism allegation was “rather far-fetched.”

This is an extraordinary admission, even for a cynical spin doctor who thought the speech he made to fellow troglodytes at sea would never be seen by us ungodly advocates of spreading the wealth. A network VP, no less! It’s a reminder that mainstream news, as passive and shifty as it is, could be worse — would be worse if the other networks stooped to Joseph Goebbels-level propaganda instead of the more subtle versions of misinformation they feed to us. Except, that is, when they’re selling us a new war, or pretending the economy is recovering, or…

But you get my drift – Fox is the worst.

Footnote: To get a better idea of what a skunk Sammon is, see Inside Job, which explains how deeply Lawrence Summers — ex-chief of Obama's National Economic Council — was involved in the corrupt practices that crashed the economy in 2008. Only a super-capitalist or a total dunderhead would have brought Summers into the White House in the wake of the Wall Street disaster. And only a guy like Sammon, a specialist in big lies, would accuse a Wall Street lackey like Obama of being a socialist.

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