Stewart: Sammon Confession Exposes Fox's “Thinnest Possible Patina of Objectivity”

Earlier this week, Media Matters released audio of Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon admitting that he repeatedly lied when he appeared on Fox News in the final days before the 2008 election and attempted to link Barack Obama to socialism. Sammon admitted that he was being “mischievous” when he argued that Obama “really advocated socialism,” because it was “a premise that privately [he] found rather far-fetched.”

Last night on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart highlighted Sammon's admission and explained how “there's no line in news and opinion” at Fox. In a segment on the March 24 Daily Show, Special Report anchor Bret Baier promoted Fox's supposed distinction between its “straight news” reporting and its opinion shows. In last night's segment, Stewart summarized how Sammon's confession proves the inaccuracy of Baier's comparison: “We're all smart enough to discern the line between hard news and opinion on Fox, much in the way that you can taste all the individual ingredients that go into soup.” Watch:

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