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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
Chance that an American would give up at least one week of life to avoid taking a pill every day:
Iowa urologists reported that only a minor portion of locker-room teasing arises from “the presence of excess foreskin”; most teasing targets small penises.
A pair of Russian film directors asked President Vladimir Putin to invest $18 million in a new restaurant chain intended to drive McDonald’s out of the Russian market. “Every project these days,” a Russian television personality said of the proposal, “must be smothered in patriotic sauce.”
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”