After lovingly teasing Dick Morris' first TV appearance on CNN following his dismissal from Fox News -- which obscured the fact that Morris has an abysmal record of punditry -- a Feb. 6 article by Todd Beamon on the CNN appearance keeps up the fawning.
Beamon led off by calling Morris a "Leading political analyst and best-selling author" and noted that he "defended his record of political predictions":
He also noted his long track record of electoral successes as a campaign strategist electing two U.S. presidents and 14 heads of state around the world, including Bill Clinton's surprise comeback re-election in 1996.
During his tenure at Fox, Morris recalled that he accurately predicted the election of George W. Bush in 2000, his re-election in 2004, the GOP's loss of both Houses in 2006, Obama's win in 2008, and the Republican landslide of more than 60 House seats in 2010.
Needless to say, Beamon won't tell you the lies Morris told during the interview -- one of which Beamon uncritically repeated. As Slate's David Weigel details, Morris did not guide Clinton's 1996 re-election because he was ousted from the campaign two months before the election because of his infamous toe-sucking prostitution scandal.
While Beamon couldn't be bothered to do any basic fact-checking, he did make sure to inform us that Morris is "popular" and "appear[ed] relaxed in a sports jacket and an open-collared Oxford shirt."