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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Fox News proves Jon Stewart right

Yesterday I pointed out that Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon’s leaked emails, which showed him urging the network to slant its coverage, showed that Jon Stewart was right when he went on the network over the weekend and accused it of taking ideological “marching orders.”

Now it turns out that Stewart made the same point — during his Fox News Sunday interview, he also cited the Sammon emails as proof of this. But Fox News viewers never got to hear him discuss the emails.

That’s because, as Eric Hananoki points out, that part of the exchange was conveniently left on the cutting room floor.

This is what Fox News Sunday viewers heard from Stewart:

STEWART: You can’t understand because of the world you live in that there is not a designed ideological agenda on my part to affect partisan change because that’s the soup you swim in. I appreciate that. I understand that. It reminds me of, you know — you know, ideological regimes. They can’t understand that there is free media other places. Because they receive marching orders.

This is what Stewart actually said in the unedited interview that appeared online:

STEWART: You can’t understand because of the world you live in that there is not a designed ideological agenda on my part to affect partisan change because that’s the soup you swim in. And I appreciate that. And I understand that. It reminds me of, you know -- you know, in ideological regimes, they can’t understand that there is free media other places. Because they receive marching orders. And if you want me to go through Bill Sammon’s emails and --

Networks often edit interviews for length, and not everything in them necessarily makes it on the air. But it seems a bit too convenient that Fox News edited out a key part of Stewart’s argument: That one of Fox News’ own executives has been caught deliberately trying to slant coverage on the network to reflect conservative talking points and priorities, even to the point of saying things he knew to be untrue.

Still, if Fox did deliberately excise that portion of the interview, you have to wonder who they think they’re fooling. Fox News’ slanted coverage is part of their success story. It’s why conservatives love the network. Do they really think anyone still buys the idea that they’re “fair and balanced?”

By Adam Serwer  |  10:53 AM ET, 06/21/2011

 
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