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Conspiracy Theorist Dick Morris Claims NY Times And Democrats In Cahoots To Destroy Giuliani’s Candidacy, Then Defends Him With False Representations

Reported by Ellen - May 15, 2007 -

Another Hannity & Colmes program, another night of critical scrutiny of Democrats only. After discussing Bill Clinton’s campaign ad for his wife (with the kind of analysis only Dick Morris could provide) and before an interview with Bay Buchanan about her new anti-Hillary book, Dick Morris theorized that the New York Times’ investigative article into Rudolph Giuliani’s 9/11 legacy was a deliberate effort by the Times and Democrats to derail Giuliani’s candidacy. I’m no psychologist but isn’t that a classic case of projection? With video.

In the middle of the second part of Morris’ two-part discussion on Hannity & Colmes last night (5/14/07), Sean Hannity began complaining about the double standard in the media. Funny how all the double standards Hannity found seemed to involve criticism of Republicans. One-sided criticism of Democrats, as happened with the two discussions about Clinton that included no pro-Clinton guests, didn’t seem to count with him. Bullyboy Hannity is great at dishing it out but then cries “no fair” when his side is on the receiving end.

Morris didn’t just cry foul but “divined,” with his own special brand of insight, that “what’s going on is a concerted effort by the liberal media and the Democratic establishment to derail Rudy Giuliani... The Times and the liberal organs are going out of their way to besmirch Rudy.” The reason? Because they know that Giuliani “is the one” who can beat Hillary Clinton.

Alan Colmes questioned that assertion and asked if it wasn’t possible Republicans were planting stories the same way Morris accused Hillary Clinton of going after Obama. “It’s not always the Democrats’ or the so-called liberal press’ fault,” Colmes said.

Morris, of course, didn’t think so. Morris claimed that the only one who had enough money to do that was Romney “and he’s probably not gonna do it because Rudy’s not really his threat… and the journalistic organs do not have the budgets for this kind of opp research. This is fed to them piece by piece.”

Colmes lightly touched on some of the criticism of Giuliani by questioning Giuliani’s decision to put the crisis command center in the World Trade Center after the 1993 bombing and the inability of first responders to communicate.

“It’s the tallest building in New York and you need to be able to see what’s going on, so it made sense to do that,” Morris claimed. In fact, the command center was on the 23rd floor of 7 World Trade Center, not the twin towers and not on a particularly high floor by New York standards. Also, Giuliani did not name that reasoning in his own defense of his decision. One day earlier, FOX News’ Chris Wallace had questioned Giuliani’s decision and pointed out that his own director of emergency management had recommended against locating the command center there. As Raw Story reported, Giuliani told Wallace that “the World Trade Center made the most sense to house an emergency response center because it also contained the offices of the Customs Service, the Secret Service, and a number of other federal agencies which he did not think he could name on the air.”

Unfortunately, Colmes did not confront Morris on his misrepresentation nor on the meat of the New York Times criticisms, namely that, "From the beginning, there was no doubt that Mr. Giuliani and his team ruled the hellish disaster site. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, all with extensive disaster response experience, arrived almost immediately, only to be placed on the sideline... Despite the presence of those federal experts, Mr. Giuliani assigned the ground zero cleanup to a largely unknown city agency, the Department of Design and Construction. Kenneth Holden, the department’s commissioner until January 2004, said in a deposition in the federal lawsuit against the city that he initially expected FEMA or the Army Corps to try to take over the cleanup operation. Mr. Giuliani never let them."

Morris concluded, “As far as the first responders, look, everybody knows that this guy’s role in 9/11 was spectacular.”

No, not everybody. As the Times pointed out, there are plenty of New Yorkers who are not so dazzled.