Media Matters for America has an italics problem with The Hill. The insidery Washington newspaper, says Media Matters, doesn’t include the proper disclaimer language when it publishes opinion pieces by famous pundit-cum-political strategist Dick Morris.
For instance, it cites a Feb. 7 piece by Morris that “attacked ‘RINO Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.)’ for supporting the Law of the Sea Treaty.” What should the italics have said? That Morris had “headlined” a fundraiser for Lugar’s opponent in the Republican primary.
Another item on the Media Matters Dick-Morris hit list: A November 2011 column in which Morris raved about Newt Gingrich’s electability. That one, says the left-leaning media watchdog group, should have noted that Morris had rented his e-mail list to Gingrich.
Instead, the italics on that piece read:
Morris, a former adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Clinton, is the author of “Outrage,” “Fleeced,” “Catastrophe” and “2010: Take Back America — A Battle Plan.” To get all of his and Eileen McGann’s columns for free by email or to order a signed copy of their latest book, “Revolt!: How To Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Programs — A Patriot’s Guide,” go to dickmorris.com.
The Hill could save itself from Media Matters salvos — as well as some column inches — by adopting the Universal Dick Morris Disclaimer:
Dick Morris is Dick Morris.
If that’s a touch tautological for The Hill’s brain trust, here’s an alternative version:
Dick Morris is Dick Morris. If you suspect that anything in this column poses a conflict of interest with Morris’s wide-ranging media, political and business interests, you’re probably right.