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Top Fox News Editor Pushed Staff to Smear Obama as "Socialist"

During the 2008 race, Bill Sammon used his position as a top Fox News editor to engage in a campaign to link Obama to "Marxists" and "socialism."

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Sammon added, "Obama has been widely criticized for choosing the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, an anti-American firebrand, as his pastor. Wright is a purveyor of black liberation theology, which analysts say is based in part on Marxist ideas."

Sammon was frustrated with other media outlets' coverage of Obama.

"Let me be clear: The media is biased," Sammon  said on the October 23, 2008, edition of  Live Desk. "I have spent a lifetime in the media. I spent ten years as a White House correspondent surrounded by my friends from other major news organizations. They're liberals. They just are."

On the October 27, 2008, edition of Live Desk, while discussing Obama's  Dreams passages, Sammon complained that the media weren't forcing Obama to reconcile his campaign platform with the excerpts from his memoir.

"I hate to blame the media for everything, but he just hasn't been asked those kinds of tough questions."                          

In February 2009, Sammon became the managing editor of Fox's Washington, D.C., bureau.

In a staff memo  announcing the promotion, John Moody, then-Fox News executive vice president of news editorial, thanked Sammon for bringing "energy, leadership and inspired thinking to his role as Deputy Managing editor over the past six months."

 
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