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Dick Morris was a fixture on Fox News during the campaign and a small, but significant amount of his time in the waning days was spent singing the praises of the National Republican Trust PAC, the conservative group that ran ads connecting the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. Morris praised the group — which ingored the McCain campaign’s no-Wright instructions to allies — as “courageous” and told Fox viewers, “We need groups like that.” He also suggested the audience “give funds” to the committee.
Morris, Bill Clinton’s old triangulator and now a stalwart of the right, extolled the organization’s work no fewer the 22 times in 13 Fox News appearances between Oct. 10 and Nov. 19, according to a tally the left-leaning nonprofit watchdog group Media Matters.
Morris, it now seems, had a little skin in the game. GOPTrust.com paid $24,000 Triangulation Strategies – which was listed at the same address as dickmorris.com — for ads that appeared on Morris’s Web site and in his e-mailed newsletter, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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