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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