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WPHT's Dick Morris move

WPHT's Dick Morris move

Michael Smerconish should say a huge thank you to his soon-to-be=former employers at WPHT-AM (1210). Last week, he announced that he's leaving for satellite radio, because the audience for old-fashion AM radio political talk was "too old, too white, too male and too angry."

Today, WPHT proved him 100 percent right by hiring right-wing whack job (and former Bill Clinton advisor...go figure) Dick Morris to be on the air for four unlistenable hours, from 2-6 p.m. Like today's GOP, the folks running the CBS station seem to be throwing in the towel, riding out their declining years until every last angry old white male listener is in Florida or otherwise unable to listen.

Not only is Morris not entertaining, he's also got a bad reputtation for things you might want in a radio host, like honesty. The real problem with Morris isn't that he's conservative, it's that he's a fraud...

Remember that time Dick Morris predicted a landslide victory for Mitt Romney? We all do. In the wake of his rather inaccurate assessment, Morris paid a visit to Sean Hannity on Monday night to explain what went wrong. As he’s mentioned a few times already, it came down to shifting demographics in the country.

“I have to tell you something,” Hannity told him. “People are furious with you right now.”

...and a scam artist...

Scarborough didn't mention Dick Morris by name, but it's possible the MSNBC host had the Fox News contributor in mind when he denounced the type of conservative fraud that's "destroying the Republican Party."

As Media Matters detailed, Morris and conservative news outlet Newsmax Media operated something of a right-wing boondoggle during the recent election season. Cashing in on his television platform, Morris aggressively fundraised for a super PAC he advised, which then appeared to to funnel money back to Morris through rentals of his email list. Morris' Super PAC for America paid Newsmax roughly $1.7 million for "fundraising" in October and November. It turns out a significant portion of the super PAC's money likely went to renting Morris' own email list, which is operated by Newsmax Media.

As Rachel Maddow noted last night, while highlighting the Media Matters report, "What these financial reports seem to indicate is that donations to Dick Morris' super PAC, substantially, just end up going to Dick Morris."

That feels like a racket to me.

So now Morris will be pulling his scams on the senior citizens of Philadelphia. Maybe our new attorney general Kathleen Kane can open a hotline or something.

Look, there's plenty of room in Philadelphia for principled conservative voices, and we have one here in Dom Giordano, with whom I frequently disagree but who frequently gives airtime to guests with an opposing point of view (like me) from time to time. But it's also kind of sad that such a great and diverse American city has such little diversity in radio talk. WHAT was a vital megaphone for the African-American community but that format's been gone for years, and other than a short-lived experiment in the early 2000s there's never been a place here for progressive shows, like Thom Hartmann or Stephanie Miller.

Now this -- which I think WPHT is going to quickly regret. When it comes to entertaining Philadelphia, apparently they don't know Dick Morris.

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