Fox News Memos reveal “Right Wing Bias” on Health Care- Report
Courtesy of Gawker’s Jim Newell:
“An August 2009 e-mail from Fox News’ Washington managing editor, Bill Sammon, ordered reporters to drop the term “public option” for “government-run plan” during the health care reform debate. Could Fox News have a right-wing bias?
Sammon, a former Washington Times reporter, sent this memo to his newsroom, and got a reply from Fox’s senior vice preisdent for news, Michael Clemente.
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.
Read the rest of the email at Media Matters.