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FOX News Condones Dick Morris’ Smears Of Working Class Americans After Attacking Obama Over Less Offensive Remarks

Reported by Ellen - June 28, 2008 -

Last night’s (6/27/08) Hannity & Colmes used the “Unity Rally” held by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as an occasion to attack the two Democrats. The top segment had Dick Morris as the sole guest to analyze the rally. Morris repeated the smear he had made on the show earlier in the month about blue collar Democrats choosing between racism and sexism when they vote. But while FOX News made a big deal out of accusing Barack Obama of elitism and being anti-American for characterizing some rural, working class Americans as “bitter” and “clinging to their guns,” the “fair and balanced” network has apparently condoned the more offensive comments from Morris. So far, the only objection has come from Alan Colmes. Morris shrugged it off by saying he’s not running for president. With video.

As usual, the “We report. You decide” network identified Morris merely as “former Clinton advisor” and did not mention the animosity Morris still harbors for the former first family, particularly Hillary Clinton, which he spews at every opportunity. We didn’t even learn what was said at the rally, at least not during this segment. All we got was B-roll footage. And Morris’ interpretation.

FOX News offered this “Cavuto mark” in Sean Hannity’s pre-scripted introduction about the rally: “Now there was smiling, waving, hand-holding and even kissing. But did it all seem a little too much? Is this unity really just the name of a town in New Hampshire?”

Morris told Hannity, “Your cameraman wasn’t really good in that shot... He shot it frontally. What he needed to do is go back and take the knife in the back as they were posing together in the front.”

Even Hannity seemed to find that a bit much. “Aw, here we go,” he said unenthusiastically.

“This is all a choreographed pantomime,” Morris said. “Obama doesn’t like (the Clintons) but he needs to pretend to be fighting for unity. They, the last thing in the world they want is for Obama to win. ‘Cause if Obama wins, (Hillary) can’t run until 2016. They’ll still find ways to undermine him.”

Morris told Colmes, “In terms of (Obama’s) real ability to get Hillary’s voters, he’ll get the women because they are pro-choice, feminist, Democratic Party people... But the votes he’s not gonna get and will be in play will be the white, downscale, male, largely blue collar voters who basically don’t like women and don’t like blacks and they had to decide which one they hated more in making their vote.”

Colmes asked, “Are you on a little dangerous territory there when you’re accusing people that you don’t know of being racist, not liking blacks, being misogynistic. You don’t even know these people and you’re accusing them of this.”

Morris answered, “I polled them and a huge portion of the votes that Hillary got at the end of the game, when she was saying, ‘I speak for white, hard-working American people,’ were people who were, basically, voting against Obama because of race. Her appeal was overtly racist and their response was overtly racist.” (Comment: Since it’s highly doubtful that Morris’ poll would directly ask respondents if they were racist and/or sexist, and even more doubtful that many would answer in the affirmative, it’s almost certain that this is Morris’ interpretation of his poll results rather than a summary of hard data, the way Morris tried to make it seem.)

Colmes responded, “But Obama talks about bitter people clinging to their guns and you come on and say, ‘You know, there are all these people who don’t like blacks, don’t like women.’ Are you saying the same thing in a different way than he’s saying? And he was raked over the coals for what he said.”

“Well, he’s running for president. I’m not,” Morris replied. It seemed a tacit indication of agreement.

Moments later, Morris admitted that his poll results may not have been so reliable after all. He said, “This race is a very hard race to poll right now because there are a lot of white people who are saying they are gonna vote for Obama who won’t and there are a lot of black people and young people who are not registered, who are not even being polled but who will register to vote for Obama.”