When the New York Post’s Keith Kelly broke the news last night that Trump-endorsing tabloid the National Enquirer had hired Dick Morris as its chief political commentator and correspondent, Morris at that point had another job, as a weekly columnist for The Hill, a role he had planned to maintain.
Morris may have wanted to continue at The Hill, but that sentiment wasn’t reciprocated by the publication, which dropped his column upon learning about his new appointment.
“In light of Dick Morris’ new position at the National Enquirer The Hill has decided to discontinue his column at The Hill. We wish him well,” read a statement issued by The Hill.
In the Enquirer press release announcing the hire, Morris said he was “thrilled to have a perch from which to tell the unvarnished truth, particularly about Hillary Clinton–facts other publications just don’t print because it doesn’t fit.”
We’ll let you make a nice three-course meal out of that sentence from the onetime Bill Clinton staffer.
As for the precipitating incident that brought an end to that relationship, here’s Kelly:
Morris was forced to resign shortly before Clinton’s reelection in 1996, when it was revealed Morris had allowed Sherry Rowlands, a $200-an-hour hooker, to listen in on the president’s phone calls and review speeches before they were delivered.
Ironically, it was another American Media-owned weekly, Star, that broke that scandal two decades ago.
The sordid episode began a long period of estrangement with the Clintons and a drift to the right for Morris —infamous for his “taste” for sucking the stocking-clad toes of prostitutes — who said he supports Donald Trump.
With his pro-Trump position, Morris should be right at home at the Enquirer, which has a long, and positive, history with the candidate, including a longstanding friendship between Trump and Enquirer publisher David Pecker.
Trump also penned an August 2015 piece for the tabloid. You’ll never believe how it opens and closes.