[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Media Matters has got itself up in a lather today, claiming it has some kind of smoking gun proving Fox’s bias, writing:
At the height of the health care reform debate last fall, Bill Sammon, Fox News’ controversial Washington managing editor, sent a memo directing his network’s journalists not to use the phrase “public option.”
Instead, Sammon wrote, Fox’s reporters should use “government option” and similar phrases — wording that a top Republican pollster had recommended in order to turn public opinion against the Democrats’ reform efforts.
Journalists on the network’s flagship news program, Special Report with Bret Baier, appear to have followed Sammon’s directive in reporting on health care reform that evening.
Now presuming a basic accuracy in the story (which you should never do with these guys), well… what exactly is wrong with the term “government option”? What they were proposing was a government-run insurance company that would present an “option,” an alternative, to the private companies. So in what way is this not a “government option?”
But that is how thick the B.S. is this day and age, especially coming from the left. Apparently, if you refuse to use their bullsh-t euphemisms and tell people what the words really mean, you are biased.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]