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August 4, 2011

To Deny Climate Change Fox and Friends Attack SpongeBob SquarePants

It’s hard to know what the people at Fox “News” really believe on the topic of Climate Change. That’s because Managing Editor Bill Sammon, way back in 2009, sent out a memo to all Fox producers with the edict that on-air personalities should never talk about Global Warming without adding that the science is not settled and there are scientists who disagree. This has created doubt among viewers and a kind of schizophrenia within the company. Several years ago (now embattled) News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch embraced environmental concerns by declaring the company’s goal was to become carbon-neutral and they need to change the message. Maybe this is what they mean by “Fair & Balanced”: While the Big Boss preaches one thing, Lesser Boss Bill Sammon demands another. The Friends on the Curvy Couch are obviously siding with Sammon, as they attacked SpongeBob SquarePants to deny Climate Change once again. Ironically it comes during one of the greatest heat waves in recorded history. Watch:

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Reported by Aunty Em at 6:59 AM

July 1, 2011

Fox News Tweet Du Jour – Pot? Have You Met Kettle?

Bill O’Reilly, who started to look downright mellow when compared to recently retired Fox “News” comedian Glenn Beck, has always used the O’Reilly Factor to insult various people he doesn’t agree with. For a tee vee host that made his bones on the personal attack, this is a stunningly silly thing for him (or one of his underlings; he is on vacation after all) to tweet. However, it falls into line with the newest Fox meme (is there a memo on this one too?): Any criticism of Michelle Bachmann is an insult because she is such an intelligent person, who clearly knows her history, and never misspeaks. Or maybe it’s just because she’s GOP.

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Reported by Aunty Em at 5:03 PM

May 22, 2011

NY Magazine Revelation That Roger Ailes Thinks Sarah Palin Is “An Idiot” Suggests She’s Being Pushed Out Of The Fold

A fascinating, must-read New York Magazine article about Fox News, Roger Ailes and their relationship to Republican fortunes states: “(Ailes) thinks things are going in a bad direction,” another Republican close to Ailes told me. “Roger is worried about the future of the country. He thinks the election of Obama is a disaster. He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.” What’s so remarkable about that statement is not just the revelation of Ailes’ opinion of one of his supposed stars but that it became public. As the same article goes on to note, “Fox’s PR department is notoriously strict when it comes to internal leaks” so one has to conclude that this one was not only deliberate but a deliberate attempt to kick Palin to the curb as well - just as she's talking about running for president. But that’s just one of many juicy details about the “news” network that ultimately adds up to a portrait of a GOP political operation that’s the victim of its own ratings success.

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Reported by Ellen at 8:12 PM

April 1, 2011

Jon Stewart Takes On Fox News Managing Editor Bill Sammon’s Admitted Partisan Lies

As I posted earlier in the week, Fox News managing editor Bill Sammon was caught admitting to going on Fox and “mischievously” accusing then-candidate Barack Obama of being a socialist when Sammon didn’t think it was true – and then justifying that later by saying he now believes it. Last night (3/31/11), Sammon got the Stewart treatment. With his characteristic snark, Jon Stewart noted, “Now I know when a guy from NPR with no connection to the news division was caught blue-handed making disparaging comments about the Tea Party, he resigned from NPR and the CEO of NPR was forced to step down.” Along with Sammon, Charles Krauthammer and Bret Baier come out looking like April Fools – via their own real words. Total Friday afternoon enjoyment – at Fox News well-deserved expense.

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Reported by Ellen at 2:23 PM

March 30, 2011

If Fox News Doesn’t Fire Bill Sammon, It’s A Tacit Approval Of A Managing Editor Lying To Promote A Partisan Political Agenda

If ever anything disproved Fox News’ contention that there’s a separation between its opinion shows and its news shows (reiterated just last week by Bret Baier on The Daily Show), it’s the video released yesterday by Media Matters showing Bill Sammon, now the network’s vice president and Washington managing editor, admitting that he didn’t really believe his own on-air accusations about Barack Obama’s socialism. Video after the jump.

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Reported by Ellen at 1:46 AM