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Fox News Bureau Chief Told Staff To Cast Doubt On Climate Change

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The missive was sent three weeks after the so-called "Climategate" scandal broke and in the middle of the Copenhagen climate summit.

The Fox News bureau chief wrote to his staff that it was "not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies."

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Climate change isn't the only topic where Sammon has told staffers to tip their coverage toward conservatives: he also instructed staffers to echo GOP talking points in the health care debate by using the term "government option" instead of "public option." Sammons defended the wording, told the Daily Beast that "public option" is a "vague, bland, undescriptive phrase," while "government option" is "simply an accurate, fair, objective term."

Read the full e-mail below.

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.

Here's the segment that resulted in Sammon's e-mail: