On Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Dick Morris again suggested that Sen. Barack Obama and his wife got a discount on the price of their house and botched several basic facts of the real estate transaction. Morris suggested that "Obama got $300,000 off market price" of the house because former Obama contributor Tony Rezko "pa[id] the full market price" for an adjacent property -- an assertion that has been refuted by both Obama and the seller.
On his radio show, Sean Hannity asked, "Did Obama know at the time that Rezko was saving him three hundred grand on the purchase of his home?" On Fox News, Dick Morris asserted: "Rezko paid market price for his property. He [Obama] didn't pay market price for his and they came from the same seller. Who is to say that that wasn't a switch?" But Hannity and Morris provided no support for the claim -- which has reportedly been refuted by the seller -- that Antoin Rezko's purchase of the adjacent property enabled Sen. Barack Obama to purchase his house at a discounted price.
On Your World, Dick Morris claimed that Antoin Rezko sold Sen. Barack Obama a strip of land "for an amount that was substantially below its apparent market value." However, according to documents posted on the Obama campaign website, Obama paid $104,166 for the piece of property -- well above its appraised value of $40,500.
NPR's Juan Williams asserted that Sen. John McCain "has fought his own party, the GOP, on immigration." And Fox News' Dick Morris stated that McCain "really has moved to the left of the Republican Party" on "the immigration bill." However, neither Williams nor Morris mentioned that McCain has reversed his position on immigration and now asserts that "we've got to secure the borders first" -- a position at odds with his prior assertion that border security could not be disaggregated from other aspects of comprehensive immigration reform without being rendered ineffective.
On Hannity & Colmes, Dick Morris repeated his false assertion that Sen. Hillary Clinton "sat on the board of the New World Foundation that gave a grant to the Palestine Liberation Organization, headed by [Yassir] Arafat, which, back then, was identified as a terrorist group." However, as co-host Alan Colmes pointed out, in 1999, the Jewish daily Forward reported that the New World Foundation "granted funds to Grassroots International, which in turn funneled the money to two PLO-affiliated groups." Colmes stated: "If money was diverted, she didn't know anything about it. ... You're drawing a parallel line here which does not exist."
On Fox News, Dick Morris falsely asserted: "Hillary Clinton in the 1980s was on the board of a foundation group called the New World Foundation that gave money to the PLO, which at the time was identified as a terror organization." In fact, the New World Foundation reportedly did not "g[i]ve money to the PLO."
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named Dick Morris the "winner" of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for asserting on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes that Sen. Hillary Clinton "may well have been" a communist in the early 1970s, when she interned at the California-based law firm Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, despite Morris' having previously written in his book, Rewriting History, that "Hillary was no Communist, nor should her work in the Treuhaft firm imply that she was."
On The O'Reilly Factor, Dick Morris claimed that Hillary Clinton "might have some trouble, though, getting re-elected senator from New York, particularly if the blacks give her a primary fight." Morris has made previous predictions about Clinton that have proved wildly off the mark.
After ABC's Jake Tapper quoted "an anonymous Democratic Party official" saying that Hillary Clinton's "securing the nomination is certainly possible -- but it will require exercising the 'Tonya Harding option,' " numerous media figures have repeated the "Tonya Harding option" analogy in reference to the Clinton campaign -- some going so far as to assert that it is a specific strategy adopted by the campaign.
Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Dick Morris and his wife, Eileen McGann, falsely asserted in a column that Sen. Hillary Clinton "said that Chelsea [Clinton] was jogging around the World Trade Center on 9/11 and happened to duck into a coffee shop when the airplanes hit. She said that this move saved Chelsea's life." In fact, Hillary Clinton made no such claim.
Dick Morris falsely claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton "says Chelsea [Clinton] was in danger on 9-11, jogging around the towers of the World Trade Center and was saved only 'cause she ducked into a coffee shop." In fact, Hillary Clinton made no such claim; rather, she said that her daughter had "gone, what she thought would be just a great jog. She was going to go down to Battery Park, she was going to go around the towers. She went to get a cup of coffee and -- and that's when the plane hit."
After airing portions of a controversial sermon by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Sen. Barack Obama's church, Bill O'Reilly -- who described Wright's comments as "anti-American, to say the least" -- asked Dick Morris, "If you were [Sen. John] McCain, do you use this against Obama?" Morris replied, "He doesn't have to. You just did. And the talk radio people around the country" will. Morris continued: "[T]he other media, the other conservative media can make a big deal of it."
Syndicated columnist Dick Morris asserted on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes that Sen. Hillary Clinton's "temper is a cool, angry, 'I'll, you know, slit your throat in the middle of the night' temper." As Media Matters for America has noted, media figures have repeatedly portrayed Clinton and her advisers as violent or ruthless.