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Roger Ailes On The Departures Of Sarah Palin, Dick Morris

Following the release of a biography about his life and career by Zev Chafets, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes talks to Howard Kurtz in The Daily Beast about some of the things mentioned in the book. In particular, Ailes talked about the departures of contributors Sarah Palin and Dick Morris.

“I like Sarah Palin,” Ailes says. “I think she got pounded harder by the media. The only people who got it worse were Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, and that was over a longer period of time. Sarah would say she probably was responsible for some of the bad press she got and made some mistakes along the way.”

So why did he cut her loose?

“Nothing’s forever. We purposely took a general cooling-off after the election. Everyone was exhausted from it.”

As for Morris:
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Politico: Fox News Out To ‘Purge’ Controversy, ‘Tone Down’ Coverage

In Politico today, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHai take aim at the Republican Party and Fox News.

They argue that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has been aggressively moving to “purge” people that he believes are hurting the channel and its reputation. The channel parted ways with Dick Morris and Sarah Palin in the last month:

Ailes has aggressively, and shrewdly, toned things down post-election. Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly were among the first conservatives to call for a rethinking of the GOP’s opposition to comprehensive immigration reform. And then Palin and Morris got the boot, sending an unmistakable message about the new expectations for the channel’s contributors.

Dick Morris On Exiting Fox News: ‘I was wrong at the top of my lungs’

Now former Fox News political contributor Dick Morris appeared on CNNs’ “Piers Morgan Tonight” last night, where he explained why he thought that Fox News declined to renew hos contract, after 15 years of service to the channel.

“I was wrong at the top of my lungs,  maybe I’m being made a poster child for that,”  Morris said. “the divorce isn’t final, but I’m seeing other people.”

He also said that he had “a wonderful talk with [Fox news chairman] Roger Ailes” after he was told.

Dick Morris Out At Fox News

Fox News has severed ties with Dick Morris, declining to renew his contract when it came up for renewal, an FNC spokesperson confirms.

Morris, who has been absent from FNC since the week after the November election, has been a contributor to the channel for years, often as the network’s go-to “Clinton person,” whenever there was news involving the former First Family.

He gained notoriety before the election for his woefully inaccurate predictions, drawing scorn and mockery from the political media.

He will appear on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” Wednesday.

While FNC has retained Karl Rove as a contributor, it also recently parted ways with former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, marking a changing of the guard somewhat on the network’s political bench.

NY Mag: Fox News Benches Karl Rove, Dick Morris Following Election

According to the always well-sourced Gabriel Sherman in New York Magazine, Fox News has benched analysts Karl Rove and Dick Morris now that the election is over, requiring producers to get permission before bringing them on the show.

The reason for the benching? Rove’s now-infamous on-air battle with anchors Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier, which made for great TV, although at the expense of some FNC staffers, and the heat Morris has taken for essentially admitting that he was not being honest in some FNC appearances.

Both pundits made several appearances in the days after the election, but their visibility on the network has dropped markedly. Inside Fox News, Morris’s Romney boosterism and reality-denying predictions became a punch line. At a rehearsal on the Saturday before the election, according to a source, anchor Megyn Kelly chuckled when she relayed to colleagues what someone had told her: “I really like Dick Morris. He’s always wrong but he makes me feel good.”

A Fox spokesperson confirmed the new booking rules for Rove and Morris, and explained that Shine’s message was “the election’s over.”

Does a Conservative Media Cocoon Hurt Republicans?

Politico’s Jonathan Martin writes about the media. Specifically he writes about the conservative media, which has become an increasingly strong force in the landscape, and one that he argues may be hurting Republicans.

The tension between the profit- and ratings-driven right — call them entertainment-based conservatives — and conservatives focused on ideas (the thinkers) and winning (the operatives) has never been more evident.

The latter group worries that too many on the right are credulous about the former.

“Dick Morris is a joke to every smart conservative in Washington and most every smart conservative under the age of 40 in America,” said Douthat. “The problem is that most of the people watching Dick Morris don’t know that.”

On MSNBC, the channel’s lone republican host Joe Scarborough lamented that the conservative media machine “lied” to major donors about the election prospects, which hurts the party.

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A Brief History Of News Anchors Interviewing Puppets

Gawker’s “Fox News Mole” Joe Muto has posted another dispatch, this time an anecdote about a visit to “The O’Reilly factor” from 80′s sitcom star–and puppet–ALF.

The story itself is actually pretty funny, particularly the anecdote about Dick Morris at the end, but if it was meant to be embarrassing to Fox News or Bill O’Reilly, it didn’t really hit the mark.

Why? Because TV news has a long and illustrious history of having fictional characters on as guests while pretending they are actually real.

Below is a curated selection of some of our favorite moments.

Kermit the Frog on CNN’s “The Situation Room” arguing for inter-species relationships:

Kermit’s other half Miss Piggy on NBC’s “Today” talking about her “career”:

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Fox News Reprimands Dick Morris For Auctioning Off Tour Of The Channel at GOP Fundraiser

Fox News Channel has reprimanded contributor Dick Morris over an auction he participated in to benefit a local Republican organization.

Morris was a featured speaker at an event for the Lake County Republicans in Florida recently, and he offered up a personal tour of Fox News headquarters in New York as an auction item. Media Matters (which first reported the news) noted that the tour sold for $6,000, but unfortunately for the winner, it will not be happening.

Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming for Fox News, told TVNewser that “The tour will absolutely not take place nor would something like that have ever taken place if we were aware of it.” Shine also said he spoke with Morris yesterday and reprimanded him. We’re told Morris apologized profusely and knows this was a major mistake. Additionally the tour has been canceled.

President Obama Prepares For Battle with Cable News Channels Over Tax Cut Compromise

Pres. Obama and the GOP leadership announced a compromise plan last night that would extend the Bush tax cuts while also ensuring that unemployment benefits would not go away. In his statement, Obama seemed to recognize the fact that the compromise would likely draw the ire of the Keith Olbermann‘s of the world, while also lighting a fire under conservative pundits like Sean Hannity. Said Obama last night:

We cannot play politics at a time when the American people are looking for us to solve problems.  And so I look forward to engaging the House and the Senate, members of both parties, as well as the media, in this debate.

(emphasis ours)

Indeed, Obama’s prediction looks to be prescient, as Hannity spent last night’s show licking his lips at future prospects, while Olbermann readies a “special comment” about “presidential timidity.” Even CNN is getting into the game.

According to former TVNewser turned CNNer Steve Krakauer, CNN  ”has put together a pretty damning package showing Pres. Obama ‘breaking’ campaign promises on Bush tax cuts.”

Meanwhile at MSNBC, Keith Olbermann tweeted earlier that he was working on a special comment for tonight’s show. The subject? “Taxes, Blackmail, Bullies, the 99′ers – and Presidential Timidity.”

On Fox News, the mood was more cheerful, with Sean Hannity talking with Dick Morris.
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Keith Olbermann Adjusts His Sign-Off, While Bill O’Reilly Speculates about Adjustments at MSNBC

MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” usually ends with the host saying “That’s [insert date], good night, and good luck,” a reference to Edward R. Murrow‘s sign-off. Over the years, Olbermann has also added commentaries noting the days since the start of the Iraq war, and earlier this year the Gulf oil spill.

Last night, Olbermann changed the sign-off once again, saying:

“That’s November 3rd, one day since Republicans took control of the House. Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs? I’m Keith Olbermann, good night, and good luck.”

Of course, Republicans won’t actually assume control of the House until January, but who’s counting?

Meanwhile, on Fox News Channel, Olbermann’s 8 PM competition Bill O’Reilly speculated about upcoming adjustments at MSNBC. O’Reilly was speaking to Dick Morris Bernie Goldberg, and the two spent a good deal of time bashing MSNBC’s election coverage:

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