Dick Morris was a longtime fixture at Newsmax before jumping to Fox News -- and Newsmax manages Morris' mailing list -- so it's not a surprise that Newsmax would play down Morris' abysmal record of political punditry. It is surprising, however, to see ust how far Newsmax is taking it.
A Feb. 5 Newsmax article by Bill Green breathlessly declares that "all eyes
are turning to Morris' upcoming appearance on CNN Wednesday night," where he will "discuss his mysterious disappearance from Fox since shortly after last November's election" and the news that Fox declined to offer a new contract to him.
Of course, there's nothing "mysterious" about Morris disappearing from Fox. After enthusiastically predicting that Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama in a landslide -- one of many Morris statements that proved to be spectacularly wrong -- Fox News management declared after the election that anyFox show that wanted Morris (and similarly wrong Fox pundit Karl Rove) to appear would have to get special permission to do so.
To cap things off, Green concludes his article this way:
Fox's rating have fallen dramatically in the wake of last year's election. Press reports indicate the cable channel is re-evaluating its approach after President Obama's strong re-election victory, despite the fact a number of Fox hosts and analysts predicted otherwise.
That's right -- in an article about Dick Morris, Newsmax highlights how some Fox analysts predicted Romney would win without specifically stating that one of those people is Dick Morris.
It's not like Newsmax didn't know -- not only did Newsmax publish an article before the election about how Morris is "sticking by his prediction that Mitt Romney will win in a landslide," it published Morris' post-election mea culpa.
It seems that Newsmax has kicked off a reputation rehabilitation project for Morris the way it has done with other disgraced conservatives like Bernard Kerik.