The latest leaked Fox News memo obtained by Media Matters reveals more Rovesque ambitions from Washington managing editor Bill Sammon. This time it’s global warming that gets a rhetorical makeover.
From: Sammon, Bill
To: 169 -SPECIAL REPORT; 036 -FOX.WHU; 054 -FNSunday; 030 -Root (FoxNews.Com); 050 -Senior Producers; 051 -Producers; 069 -Politics; 005 -Washington
Cc: Clemente, Michael; Stack, John; Wallace, Jay; Smith, Sean
Sent: Tue Dec 08 12:49:51 2009
Subject: Given the controversy over the veracity of climate change data…
…we should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.
The memo is an apparent corrective; it was sent out less than 15 minutes after Fox correspondent Wendell Goler reported that the UN World Meteorological Organization said that it looked like it would be the warmest recorded decade. It is concurrent with the Fox-hyped “Climategate” scandal, in which journalists purported that leaked Climate Research Unit e-mails revealed deception and malpractice on the part of climate scientists. Several independent news and science organizations later concluded that the e-mails did not undermine climate change findings.
Last week, a leaked memo revealed Sammon to have urged journalists to use “government option” instead of “public option” at the height of the health care debates.
We look forward seeing this editorialized by Fox’s Simpsons!
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