Fox News yanks Karl Rove & Dick Morris off air

You might remember that on election day during Fox’s coverage, Karl Rove melted down in spectacular fashion on live TV (that video is at the bottom of this post).

While former Clintonista, turned-Fox-News-diva, Dick Morris predicted a massive Romney victory with 325 Electoral College Votes.  Let me share the Morris video right now, because it’s precious – his main argument for Romney’s “landslide” is “unskewed polls“:

It’s so good, let me share a quote:

“We’re gonna win by a landslide.  It will be the biggest surprise in recent American political history. It will rekindle the whole question on why the media played this race as a nail biter, where in fact Romney’s going to win by quite a bit. My own view is that Romney is going to carry 325 electoral votes…. In the popular vote he’s going to win by more than 5 points…. I base it on reading the polls.  The exact same polls that say Obama is going to win…. When it says Romney’s gonna lose by 3, he’s gonna win by 4.”

Or not.

Now in an effort to move away from the 2012 failures, Fox News is pulling both Rove and Morris from appearances. Fox News never has a problem with pumping out incorrect information, but in this case, the embarrassment of losing so badly must have been too much even for them.

New York Magazine:

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

Multiple sources say that Ailes was angry at Rove’s election-night tantrum when he disputed the network’s call for Obama. While the moment made for riveting television — it was Ailes’s decision to have Kelly confront the statisticians on air — in the end, it provided another data point for Fox’s critics. A spokesperson for Ailes denied any rift between Ailes and Rove, and said the two plan to meet this week.

As soon as everyone forgets about the election, don’t be too surprised to see both Rove and Morris back on Fox.  But in the meantime, let’s relive Karl Rove’s glorious meltdown on election night – shall we?

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32 Responses to “Fox News yanks Karl Rove & Dick Morris off air”

  1. XweAponX says:

    I’ve got to say something about Anonymous “Official Explanation” of how they allegedly took Orca offline. They have ONE and only one SIMPLE tool they use. It was no glorious feat of hacking, it was a massive DDOS attack. They gave a convoluted tech-sounding explanation, but it was horse patootie and nonsense, and misdirection. In reality, they probably just ping flooded Orca to death so that it could not get a connection at the time Rove wanted to use it. All they needed was a 10-minute time window, cos if you recall, the Ohio vote counting computer crashed at exactly at 10:13, one minute sooner than it did in 2004, where it came back up showing Kerry and Bush’s totals flipped. But this time, Obama’s totals were the same as prior to the inexplicable crash: And can anyone explain to me why both computers crashed at almost the exact time, in 2004 and in 2012? Now some people have said that in 2004 those states did not use the same kind of voting machines, but they probably used a vote COUNTING machine with similar software to the one used in 2004.

    Anyway, I think Anonymous may have really done something, but what they tell the public is not the same as what they actually did. They are hackers, why should they reveal the exact way they did something, so that it can be blocked? No way.

  2. The bigger picture is that the media is a mouth piece of the oligarchy that we live in. To assume this election has any meaningful benefit for the middle class/99%, makes the American people look foolish. Do you need me to elaborate?

  3. LisaSpamier says:

    Eat your crow guys, ALONE!

  4. SkippyFlipjack says:

    You’re right, I was wrong about Occupy — they’re really growing like gangbusters these days.

    Interesting story, although it seems to do what you did — conflate ORCA with Rove’s plot to crash the election server and reroute traffic through the SmartTECH server. Anonymous foiled Rove’s plot — by crashing ORCA. ORCA was a Team Romney creation. Are they saying that Romney’s camp was stupid enough to name its election-stealing application? If you’re going to crash a vote-counting server you don’t build that functionality into your GOTV system.

    As the writer says: “That’s why it’s vitally important for Anonymous to release any information or evidence it has about this plot to not just Julian Assange, but to law enforcement authorities as well.” Vitally important, because the evidence seems to be limited to an Anonymous press release. Has anything more substantial surfaced yet?

  5. mirth says:

    Still the obstinate curmudgeon, I see.

    Tonight I’m in low-tolerance mode for rudeness generally and numbskulls in particular, so I’ll make this brief.

    Read it or not. Believe it or not. Fault or praise Anonymous.

    Up to you, Gramps.

  6. Ninong says:

    Ann Romney is in La Jolla picking out colors for their new car elevator to take her Cadillacs down to the basement parking garage in their new 11,062 sq ft beachfront “cottage” that will be built as soon as they finish getting all the permits and then bulldoze the $12 million house there that they bought in 2007. She and Mitt were spotted at the local Costco pushing two shopping carts full of toilet paper! Honest, I didn’t make that up. Well, there was other stuff in the carts too but the toilet paper was right up there on top.

  7. leliorisen says:

    His op-ed in today’s WSJ is stunningly dumb. How can anyone give him a platform?

    President Bush called him ‘turd blossom.’

    The ones that know him best…


  8. Ninong says:

    Turd Blossom and the Toe Sucker are responsible for the tears that flowed down the cheeks of Ann Romney and Janna Ryan election night. They had already picked out their Inauguration Ball gowns.

  9. SkippyFlipjack says:

    wasn’t ORCA the GOP’s system for managing and coordinating volunteers and their GOTV effort, not some kind of vote-hacking tool? And do you have any links that don’t involve watching a video? people are busy..

  10. Krusher says:

    I’m sure they’re on highly paid leave, probably on the same Caribbean island where Limbaugh takes his OxyContin vacations.

  11. mirth says:

    Sorry, Skippy. You are wrong. There are plenty of info links about how Anonymous disabled ORCA. Here’s this from one of them:

    “The cyber “protectors of what’s right” (Anonymous)– who refer to themselves as “The Protectors” – said that they had been following the digital structure of Rove’s operation and of ORCA, a Republican get out the vote software application.

    After finding open “doors” in the systems, they created a “password protected firewall” called “The Great Oz,” and installed it on servers that Rove planned to use on election night to re-route and change election results “from three states.”

    “ORCA Killer” was launched at 10am EST followed by “The Great Oz” at 8pm EST on November 6th. Both sides watched as ORCA crashed and failed throughout Election Day. Rove even mentions computer problems while on FOX News that night. Rove’s computer techs tried 105 times to penetrate “The Great Oz” using different means and passwords. Thus the delicious possibility that the good knights of Anonymous saved Ohio for Obama.”

  12. Butch1 says:

    He sure does love his “shrimp’s.”;-)

  13. Butch1 says:

    I always thought that was myopic vetting of the person who picked this person to be on the Clinton PR staff. ( or what ever his position was. ) He immediately stabbed them in the back and turned the knife the minute he was fired for his incompetence.

  14. Butch1 says:

    Ha! He had to create his own. ;-)

  15. karmanot says:

    Those were toes?

  16. karmanot says:

    “What other station is there below FOX NOISE?’ Glen Beck comes to mind.

  17. SkippyFlipjack says:

    They didn’t do a real test of ‘orca’ until election night. That’s what screwed the program, not Anonymous .

  18. Tor says:

    It would not surprise me one bit, that Rove melted down because he believed he had bought and paid for Ohio. His struggle was in trying to not say it out loud.

  19. hduff says:

    Right but “Anonymous” is the wildcard. If you can believe they interceded than you can believe they could take an action that would by pass the MSM filtering. At least that thought gives me hope.

  20. Naja pallida says:

    I really don’t like conspiracy theories, most are too easy to poke holes in… but this one is just way too easy to believe, but sadly, no kind of investigation of any kind will ever be done. So we will never ever know for sure.

  21. hduff says:

    Did FOX sideline Rove because they know the truth about what he was up to on election night Nov 6, 2012. They want/need to distance themselves in the event that his stunt does in fact become news.

    Ask yourselves these two questions.
    1. Why was Rove so insistent that “it wasn’t over yet”. Insistent “don’t call the election yet.. “wait, wait!”

    2. Why was Romney so convinced that he WAS going to win. Did he secretly believe the fix was in.

    Now watch/follow the following links then re-ask yourselve the same two questions.
    1.Story blog post:

    2.Pre-election warning to Karl Rove.

    3.Did Anonomyous Stop Karl Rove from stealing Ohio again.

    Now for just a moment accept the possibility that “Anonomyous” does have the proof of the attempt. If you were FOX would you stay in bed with Rove?

    As one who spent twenty years working in the Information Technology field I can easily believe that 2012 was a failed attempt to repeat the 2004 theft of yet another presidential election.

    Romney / Ryan thought the fix was in. BUT! … I.T. experts smarter than Rove’s operatives thwarted the attempt in the split second window that made it impossible for Rove to stop the intercept.

    This is why Rove reacted like this.

    Let yourself believe that Rove and FOX knew the attempt had failed. Now what? Now what if the evidence is released today, tomorrow, a week or year from now. When would the release be most effective in taking down the conspirators?

  22. BeccaM says:

    Let’s not count this over. Remember all those schlocky horror movies where the monster appears to be slain, everybody relaxes, laughter and smiles…then the monster reanimates, badder than ever.

    Right now, nearly every time Rove or Morris are on the air and it’s reported outside the Faux News bubble, it’s prefaced by statements like, “Dick Morris, who famously — and incorrectly — predicted a Romney/Ryan landslide…” or “Karl Rove, who everybody remembers angrily disputed the conclusions of Faux News’s own election night analyists, leading some on the left to speculate as to exactly why Rove was so certain Ohio could not be called early…”

    However, being massively wrong in the pundit-o-sphere is no disqualification, not in the long run. Just look at how often John McCain’s lumpy pug appears — nearly every single week — on the Sunday morning news programs. He’s been wrong virtually every time he opens his mouth to opine on something. Yet he’s treated as if he’s a foreign policy expert and not a failed presidential candidate who, in his pick for VP, proved conclusively he himself wasn’t fit for office. He still thinks there’s a sinister conspiracy in Susan Rice dutifully repeating the (intelligence-protecting) talking points she’d been given on Benghazi, but wasn’t one when Condoleeza Rice and the entire Bush Administration repeatedly asserted they had ironclad proof that Iraq had WMDs.

    Still, Ailes and Murdoch are among the plutocratic 1% and I don’t doubt both of them bought cases and cases of Rove’s snake-oil. It’s possible that at least in his case, they’re royally pissed to have thrown away all those millions in super-PAC donations for less than nothing in return. It’s worth remembering there are dozens (or hundreds?) of millionaires and billionaires who gave money to Rove’s PACs to no effect, and seeing his doughy face on TV has to be infuriating. As for Dick Morris? Who knows. Maybe it’s so the benching doesn’t look like it’s just for Rove. He’s far from the only Faux News pundit to have predicted a GOP upset landslide.

    But I still wouldn’t close this scene with anything other than, “The End… ?????”

  23. I think the title of the article should read “Fox licks a Dick, and Karl Rove gets the shaft”

  24. mirth says:

    Give proper credit. The tantrums resulted when Anonymous blocked Rove’s vote-manipulation program, ORCA, denying PigBoy what he believed was a guaranteed win(s). He stamped his stubby foot and shook his pudgy fist and snorted through his snout, but all that has brought him is dents in his dulled crown and now, hahaha, a smack from Faux.

    Our debt to Anonymous grows.

  25. Sue says:

    Try & look at a “bigger picture”….. Let’s get Fox off the air!!

  26. nicho says:

    Morris hasn’t been right in the head ever since he got caught sucking that whore’s toes.

  27. Niles Nelson says:

    Its all kabuki theater. Ailes, Rove, Morris, the whole lot of them, knew what was going to happen on Election Day. They had the same polls and math Nate Silver had. They lied to get their dumb voters to the polls, and if they hadn’t they might well have lost the House and more Senate seats. Now, they must preserve the “dignity” of Fox, without which they have nothing. So Rove acts like he’s taking a fall, but he’s really falling on his sword for the team.

  28. BUTCH KRICHMAR says:


  29. OtterQueen says:

    “Smelling the tea leaves?”

  30. Dave Yuhas says:

    Let’s not forget that Morris was a senior adviser to Bill Clinton during his presidency. Who looks worse, the idiot Morris or the idiot who hired him and listened to his advice?

  31. AdmNaismith says:

    A pundit gets it wrong, and is fored? Color me shocked. But only because Rove disparaged Fox. Kristol and Krauthammer jave nevee been roght about anything in their lives, but They <3 Fox, so on they go being wrong some more

  32. Butch1 says:

    It’s about time. I knew someone was going to pay for this bad predicting and these two buffoons finally got the ax. Rove will land on his feet; he always does but, that slime-ball Dick Morris has no where else to go. What other station is there below FOX NOISE? He may start writing his “memoirs.” ;- I think he has burned every bridge of credibility he has ever had on his way to FOX and now they have fired him.

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