This wasn't a new obsession for Sammon, but he did apparently succeed at injecting this supposed controversy into Fox's news programming. Indeed, an hour and a half after he sent his email, he appeared on Live Desk to discuss the quotes he highlighted in his email.
"If you read the autobiography of Barack Obama as I have done, his first autobiography, it's very telling," Sammon said. "He talks about these words that are being tossed around now. Socialism, liberalism, and Marxism came up in this Biden interview with this TV anchor, and Barack Obama talks about these terms in his books. And he was drawn to Marxists, and he was drawn to liberals, and he was drawn to socialists by his own admission as a young man."
Host Martha MacCallum welcomed the innuendo citing the fact that "there's been so much discussion about socialism, and Marxism."
You can read Sammon's entire email here.
Meanwhile, Media Matters is adding this to their Fox file. "Bill Sammon's October email reads like a piece of opposition research from the McCain campaign," said Ari Rabin-Havt, Executive Vice President at Media Matters for America. "The network clearly embraced this brand of 'journalism.' Sammon was promoted to Washington managing editor a mere four months later."