Posted by: Rick | Thursday, December 9, 2010

Great Moments In Puppetry

From Media Matters:

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.”

Two months prior to Sammon’s memo, Republican pollster Frank Luntz appeared on Sean Hannity’s August 18 Fox News program.  Luntz scolded Hannity for referring to the “public option” and encouraged Hannity to use “government option” instead.

Luntz argued that “if you call it a ‘public option,’ the American people are split,” but that “if you call it the ‘government option,’ the public is overwhelmingly against it.”  Luntz explained that the program would be “sponsored by the government” and falsely claimed that it would also be “paid for by the government.”

“You know what,” Hannity replied, “it’s a great point, and from now on, I’m going to call it the government option.”  [Emphasis added]

If he had a brain, he’d be dangerous.

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