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."Because nothing says "fair-and-balanced, straight-news organization" like coordinating an attack on a political candidate one doesn't agree with! Sammon went on to say that he discovered his "mischievous speculation" was true based on things like Obama's "takeover" of the auto industry.( Last I checked, none of these corporations became government agencies.) Also, the stupid thing about calling "spreading the wealth", socialism is that all politics is based on patronage, budgeting, and some degree of economic engineering--the very notion of "trickle-down economics", for example, was based in the idea that wealth would get spread (although in reality, it all just trickled up to the richest people.) Did that make Reagan, for example, a socialist?
"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."
Oh well. A man can have his opinions, can't he? It's just that he passes them on to other people as news, and those people, poorly-informed, believe them.(Sorry for the Victoria-Roll.)
* Yes, Fox Mushroom Farm: Keeping people in the dark and feeding them crap.