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Dick Morris Dismisses Michael Brown’s Oil Spill Conspiracy Theory Then Concocts His Own About The Arizona Immigration Law

Reported by Ellen - May 6, 2010 -

Dick Morris appeared on The O’Reilly Factor yesterday (5/5/10) to discuss the White House smack down of Fox News over Neil Cavuto’s softball interview with Michael Brown. In that interview, Cavuto failed to challenge Brown’s outlandish, unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that the White House deliberately sabotaged the Louisiana oil spill cleanup in order to back off from his support for offshore drilling. Morris quickly dismissed Brown’s theory. But no sooner had he done so than Morris advanced his own outlandish, unsubstantiated theory about Obama: that he’s deliberately trying to create racial tensions over the new Arizona immigration bill in order to galvanize the Hispanic vote in the midterms. With video.

Morris told O’Reilly, “Bush did not cause Katrina because he hated black people. Obama did not cause the oil spill because he wanted to discredit big oil… Brown’s accusation is… nonsense.”

Perhaps the reason Morris thought Brown’s theory was nonsense was because Morris had one of his own to spin: that Obama’s reaction to the oil spill was designed to vilify big oil and, therefore, mobilize environmentalists.

You see, it’s all part of the Obama Master Plan for 2010.

“You need to see it in a broader context,” Morris said about the supposed new feud between the White House and Fox News.

But first, as if in a tip off as to the unreliability of Morris’ following statements, he mischaracterized former President Bill Clinton’s recent comments comparing our current political discourse to the period before the Oklahoma City bombing. “President Clinton said that when people criticize the government it leads to things like the Oklahoma City bombing,” Morris said.

But what Clinton actually said was, “We ought to have a lot of political dissent… But we also have to take responsibility for the possible consequences of what we say. And we shouldn't demonize the government or its public employees or its elected officials. We can disagree with them. We can harshly criticize them. But when we turn them into an object of demonization, you know, you -- you increase the number of threats.”

Then Morris let rip his own conspiracy theory about the Obama administration. “This is a concerted effort by the administration to villainize (sic) their opponents, to make them appear fanatical and motivate a turnout by their supporters by painting their opposition as extremists… (Obama’s) trying to create racial tensions over the immigration bill so that he gets Hispanics. He’s trying to convince the environmentalists that the world is at stake so he gets them. He’s trying to vilify Fox News and the tea baggers so that he can rev up his left wing base. And his theory is that it’s all a matter of turnout in an off-year election.”

So how does Morris know this? O’Reilly didn’t ask.

As for creating racial tensions over the Arizona immigration bill, it seems to me the bill is doing a good job of creating racial tensions on its own. Just how is Obama creating racial tensions? By opposing the bill? Or did he secretly work to get it enacted in order to galvanize the Hispanic vote in the aftermath? O’Reilly didn’t ask.

As for trying to make his opponents appear fanatical, it seems to me they are doing a good job of that all on their own, right there on Fox News every day and night.

O’Reilly didn’t seem to notice.

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