During this election cycle, Fox News political analyst Dick Morris repeatedly made outlandish and bizarre electoral predictions at odds with polling data and common sense. His predictions were "so far out on the limb" that Bill O'Reilly told him if Barack Obama wins the election, Morris would be "through." Morris' long track record of terrible prognostication shows that his many strikeouts this cycle aren't an aberration but a steady flow of failure.
Media Matters looks back at 12 of Morris' many predictions that didn't come true.
From the November 7 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Fox News political analyst Dick Morris, who repeatedly predicted a "landslide" victory for Mitt Romney, is officially "through" according to the standard set by Bill O'Reilly earlier this year.
During a May appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly told Morris that he was "so far out on the limb" for a Romney win, that if Obama was re-elected, Morris would be"through" and would be "selling refrigerators in Topeka."
Major media outlets, including Fox News, are now projecting that Obama will win re-election.
In February, Morris appeared on Hannity and declared that there was "no chance that Obama will get re-elected." When Hannity disagreed, Morris said "zilch, zone, zip nada," prompting Hannity to tell Morris that he would hold the analyst to his prediction.
Fox News political analyst Dick Morris, whose Super PAC for America has recently been flooding inboxes with countless fundraising appeals, changed venues for his solicitations this afternoon by participating in a "critical election teleconference" hosted by NewsMax.com.
The discussion, access to which cost listeners $4.95 in order to "cover the expense ...to set up your private line," was billed as an opportunity to give NewsMax subscribers "the latest campaign information, how you can still impact the race, and how you can prepare for what is about to happen on Nov. 6." In reality, the call was little more than an elaborate plug for Morris' super PAC, couched in a meandering and often self-contradictory conversation about the state of the presidential race.
Joining Morris for the discussion were his Super PAC for America cohort Michael Reagan along with, for reasons that weren't made clear, the "very famous" author Robert Wiedemer. Morris, who has recently been predicting a "landslide" for Mitt Romney, sounded notably less confident, cautioning that he did not "want to pretend that everything is perfect, because I'm very concerned today." Citing the November 2 Rasmussen daily tracking poll showing a tied race, Morris expressed concern that Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy has helped him in the polls, a conclusion that directly contradicts the fundraising pitch Morris made right before the hurricane struck, in which he predicted voters "will see right through" Obama's attempt to "look presidential" in the face of the storm.
However, despite warning at the call's outset that he is "very concerned today," when the conversation shifted to electoral predictions, Morris was once again bullish about Romney's chances. He predicted Romney wins in nearly every swing state, except for Nevada and New Mexico, "if you consider that a swing state."
Asked what people can do to help Romney heading into the final weekend, Morris shifted seamlessly into soliciting donations to Super PAC for America. "We're sitting here in the trench firing mortars, folks, and we need shells. ... Right now if you contribute today, in this phone call, we will put that money directly into Monday night advertising in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and make a big difference " After being informed that people could not donate over the phone because the call was a "news briefing," Morris and Reagan both repeatedly directed listeners to SuperPacforAmerica.com so they could empty their wallets.
Morris particularly wanted money to help in Pennsylvania, where he said he is currently campaigning and where his Super PAC had effectively executed a "flanking maneuver." In Morris' view, "we're in better shape in Pennsylvania than we are in Ohio" thanks in part to Hurricane Sandy possibly depressing Democratic voters in the state's eastern half.
To sum up Morris' pitch: the race is close and also not close, and there are danger signs but Romney is also going to win almost every swing state. But to be extra sure, you should give money to Super PAC for America.
In recent weeks, Morris has repeatedly twisted news events into reasons to donate to his Super PAC for America. In addition to his cynical pitch tied to Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, Morris blatantly flip-flopped on who he considered the winner of the vice presidential debate in order to ask for money.
From the October 31 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Hurricane Sandy is due to make landfall in the next few hours and is predicted to cause billions of dollars in damage to the East Coast. The storm is already responsible for widespread damage and nearly 70 deaths in Caribbean countries. While both presidential campaigns have asked their supporters to donate to the American Red Cross and other relief organizations, Fox News political analyst Dick Morris is using the storm to solicit donations to his super PAC.
Morris' Super PAC for America sent an "Urgent" message to NewsMax.com's email list earlier today with the subject line, "Dick Morris: Hurricane Hurts Obama, Helps Romney." In the email, Morris writes that while the storm "will drench many states with rain while battering them with dangerous winds," President Obama's decision to cancel campaign events to prepare for it was "a cynical grab for votes."
In the email, Morris conveys a sense of excitement at the prospect of storm damage depressing Democratic turnout. He writes that Hurricane Sandy helps Romney because the effects of the storm will be felt for weeks due to power outages and flooding, and "Obama voters are looking for ANY excuse to not vote for him," while Romney voters "will drive through a blizzard to the polls."
According to Morris, the Obama campaign "will realize their cynical attempt to use this weather disaster for political gain was one big failure," and possibly unleash a "surprise" in the next few days in order to derail Romney. Conveniently, Morris' super PAC is prepared to counter "Obama's Chicago-style get out the vote machine," as long as you donate:
Conservative media figures are lashing out at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for not attacking President Obama aggressively enough during tonight's presidential debate over his handling of Libya. Many of these same media figures have spent much of the past month lobbing frequent, inaccurate attacks at the administration over the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld:
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Romney has regularly echoed false talking points from conservative media figures during debates.
At the start of the presidential debate in Florida, Fox News political analyst Dick Morris tweeted:
Fox News contributor Dick Morris treated a group of Republican donors to a tour of Fox News and tapings of Lou Dobbs Tonight and Hannity. Participants in that December 2011 visit, which has not been previously reported, were being rewarded for donations they made to their local Republican party at a fundraising dinner Morris headlined earlier that year. In March, Morris was reprimanded by Fox for similar conduct related to a separate GOP fundraiser he headlined.
On December 14, Michigan's Oakland County Republican Party (OCRP) posted a short video of a party donor with Sean Hannity on its Facebook page and wrote that the party member "was part of the group of donors we arranged to visit Fox News in New York."
A separate posting on OCRP's Facebook page described the Fox-GOP donor visit in more detail, writing that it was "absolutely awesome" and an "exceptional opportunity." The post said that Morris "himself came down to greet us. After brief introductions he escorted us up to the studio where Lou Dobbs was broadcasting live. We were all introduced to Mr. Dobbs and stood quietly just off camera while he did a live segment with Dick Morris."
The donors also discussed politics with Sean Hannity in the green room and "went to Sean's set where he taped a segment with Dick."
The post concluded of the Fox News tour: "What an amazing time. It would not have been possible without your efforts and of course attending the fantastic OCRP Lincoln Day dinner as a member of the prestigious 400 Club." (The 400 Club is a fundraising membership level ($400) for the party.)
Morris, along with the late Andrew Breitbart, were guest speakers at the OCRP's May 25, 2011, Lincoln Day Dinner. Attendees paid $75 for a general admissions ticket or $500 to attend a VIP reception with Morris, which included a copy of his book and a "premiere photo op." There was also a reception for 400 Club members. Republicans hold annual Lincoln Day Dinners as fundraisers for their party organizations.
OCRP Executive Director Dennis Pittman, who helped organize the Lincoln Day Dinner, told Media Matters that the Fox News tour was one of the perks given to "better donors."
Conservative media figures and outlets have sent out to their email lists numerous paid fundraising solicitations from "scam PACs" whose directors are apparently looking to cash in on the election season.
Politico reports today that a new "cottage industry" has sprung up during the presidential race in which vaguely-named super PACs have used major Republican national campaigns like Rep. Allen West's re-election bid in Florida to "raise money for themselves and build their email lists."
The groups have been sending out fundraising pitches promising to help West or defeat Obama in November, but "those chunks of $25 and $50 don't often find their way to any serious campaigns to beat Obama or boost West." The article quotes West's campaign attorney saying that the "vast majority of the groups that we know are engaged in this have done nothing for West."
As explained by Politico, "political operatives can create a PAC and corresponding website on the cheap, drop some cash to rent an email list and, voilà-- in come the small-dollar contributions from grass-roots Republicans."
Conservative outlets like RedState and Townhall and media figures like Dick Morris and Mike Huckabee have been enabling these so-called "scam PACs" by renting out their email lists for these fundraising pitches.
Professionally wrong Fox News contributor Dick Morris can't keep straight who he thinks won the vice presidential debate. Though he was apparently mixed on both candidates, Thursday night Morris said Joe Biden "did better," but Friday Morris declared Paul Ryan the winner and used that claim to shill for donations to his super PAC.
During the debate, Morris sent several tweets chastising Paul Ryan. While he thought Ryan handled some issues well, near the end of the debate Morris declared that Ryan "did not do a good job" because he "sounds too timid and like a kid." In Morris' view, "Biden did better," because, while he sounded like a "demagogue" and a "characture [sic] of a politician," he was "stronger, more sincere, more forceful." Morris added that the debate would have "no real impact on the race."
What a difference a day (and a need to raise money) makes.
By the next morning, Morris was walking back his ruling. In his daily "Lunch Alert" video, Morris said that "I don't know if there was a winner in the vice presidential debate, but I think there was a loser. I think Joe Biden lost this debate horribly." But Morris also wasn't sold on Ryan; he reiterated that he was "disappointed" in the congressman because he was "passive, quiet."
By Friday afternoon, Morris had completed the full flip-flop. In an email sent to his subscribers raising money for the "Super PAC for America" group that he advises, Morris announced that "Paul Ryan won!"
The Hill recently published two falsehood-filled columns by Dick Morris suggesting that President Obama will subjugate the United States to the United Nations.
In a column posted yesterday, Morris claimed that "[s]ecretly, behind closed doors, the nations of the world are negotiating a treaty -- initiated by Russia and China -- to regulate the Internet through the United Nations" that will be signed in December in Dubai. Yet Morris conveniently omitted one relevant fact: The United States opposes any such regulation.
The White House has repeatedly said it "opposes the extension of intergovernmental controls over the Internet" and has "vowed to block any proposals from Russia and other countries that they believe threaten the Internet's current governing structure or give tacit approval to online censorship."
Indeed, Reuters reported that the U.S. has been "trying to drum up support, both domestically and internationally, to preserve a decentralized Internet" and quoted an unnamed State Department official stating: "This is one of those circumstances where I think it's fair to say there's absolute unanimity. I don't believe you'd find any dissent at all to the view that we would like to keep the Internet free of inter-governmental controls."
Morris previously claimed during a Republican fundraiser that Obama has "secret plans particularly to force UN regulation of the Internet."
In a separate Hill column posted on October 8, Morris claimed that Obama "will invite the United Nations to tax Americans directly" and claimed that "Obama, Hillary and the U.N. are planning" to enact a "U.N.-imposed tax on billionaires all over the world" that would somehow "gradually grow downwards to cover more and more Americans."
However, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations has stated that it opposes global taxes. A spokesperson told FoxNews.com: "The United States opposes global taxes because we believe that any source of revenue should remain under the control of national authorities. This is an idea that has been kicked around for years. Fortunately, it hasn't gone anywhere, nor will it."
From the October 10 edition of Fox News' On The Record:
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From the October 10 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney threw his right-wing media cheerleaders under the bus when he stated that his comments about 47 percent of Americans were "completely wrong." Prior to this statement, the right-wing media had embraced Romney's comments and even encouraged them to be used on the campaign trail.