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Media Matters provides a case study in how the right-wing noise machine works:
On his website; in his columns for the New York Post, The Hill, and others; and above all on Fox News, Dick Morris touts a group called GOP Trust (which turns out to be the website of the National Republican Trust PAC) as the right's alternative to MoveOn. In his role as an analyst for Fox shows such as Fox & Friends and Hannity & Colmes, Morris directly urges Fox viewers to contribute money to the group so that it can air a Jeremiah Wright ad:
"I have a solution. There is a group called GOPTrust.com, GOPTrust.com. That is an independent expenditure accepting contributions, if you know what I mean, folks, who are running the world's best anti-Reverend Wright ad. It's a 30-second spot. It includes all the stuff that needs to be done in battleground states. They only have a million bucks for this right now. If they had 2 million, they could do a huge amount to swing this election."
Meanwhile, National Republican Trust PAC's FEC filings show payments of $24,000 to "Triangulation Strategies" -- a company apparently based out of Dick Morris's home -- for email and phone communications.
Got that? Fox was presenting someone as a fair and balanced political analyst most noteworthy for his work with Bill Clinton. That "analyst," meanwhile, was using Fox's soapbox to raise money for a PAC paying him to promote them and using the money raised to run an attack ad against Barack Obama.
Corruption top to bottom -- in fact, the most honest brokers in this little circle may actually be the National Republican Trust PAC. At least they weren't pretending they were trying to do anything but slime Barack Obama.
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 07:40 AM PST.