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Kudos for moves by Fox News

No more Fox News contributor Dick Morris.

His contract to spout republic-damaging nonsense on Fox airwaves has expired, and the network isn’t renewing it.

Taken together with the news that Sarah Palin will no longer be contributing, the Morris development is strong evidence that Fox News has glimpsed the underside of allowing charlatans to brand its coverage.

In his prime-time, pre-election appearances, Morris was among the few pundits who wouldn’t hedge his bets.

No, Morris was predicting a Mitt Romney landslide. Fox News fell for it, and surely millions of Americans did as well.

Morris was a partisan player in the 2012 election who made frequent references to his work on the campaign trail; the Associated Press even noted that he was “criticized for accepting paid advertisements on his website from candidates that he discussed on the air at Fox.” And Morris’ front-and-center predictions of a Romney landslide reflected a partisan desperation on the part of Fox News leading up to the campaign.

This is a time to celebrate Fox News. It has seen the lunacy of Morris, and it’s taking the appropriate step to inoculate itself against the ravages. Consider this little monologue that Morris spewed to his supporters after the election:

“I worked pretty hard over the course of this election. I was inspired by the dedication, the commitment, the energy, the focus, the knowledge, the intelligence of you, of the people at the other end of this camera. This is not the end, this can’t be the end, this is not how our country ends.

“This is not the end of the narrative that started with our revolution, continued through our Civil War and has made us by far the greatest country on earth. This is not the end. We can’t let this guy end it for us.”

It’s the end only of Morris’ relevance.

Erik Wemple is a Washington Post columnist.

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