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FOX News Exec Admits Fabricating, Spreading 'Socialist' Obama Lie

Media Matters has uncovered audio of Fox Washington managing editor Bill Sammon telling passengers aboard a chartered right-wing cruise that he willfully spread the Obama "socialism" meme during the 2008 campaign:

Sammon Speaking in 2009 onboard 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."

"Last year, candidate Barack Obama stood on a sidewalk in Toledo, Ohio, and first let it slip to Joe the Plumber that he wanted to quote, 'spread the wealth around,' " said Sammon. "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."

Indeed, in the weeks leading up to the 2008 election, Sammon used his Fox position to engage in a campaign to tie Obama to "Marxists" and "socialism."

Listen to the audio, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The speaker in the audio is nuts (obviously). Obama is simply another version of Bush. He's in no way liberal. He's a Bush conservative who sometimes claims to be liberal on social issues, but has very little to show liberals on any score.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 29, 2011 9:11:41 PM

  2. Anyone who buys the nonsense coming out of the dream factory also known as Fox "News" ought to rethink their source for news. You are being indoctrinated!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Mar 29, 2011 11:52:08 PM

  3. Obama is Bush '43 with a tan....
    and he's back by Goldman and Wall St.

    He's a war monger too....

    So grow up Fox....

    Cheers, Joe Mustich,
    CT Justice of the Peace, USA.

    Posted by: Joseph A. Mustich, JP | Mar 30, 2011 7:30:18 AM

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