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Ailes and the Republican Party

Jack Shafer, writing at Politico, says that Ailes’s political impact has been overrated:

In 2012, the Republican winner was the anti-Fox Mitt Romney. In 2016, it was Donald Trump, who became Fox’s man only after his nomination became inevitable.

Despite the liberal caterwauling, Ailes never succeeded in remaking the Republican Party in his image. A much better case can be made that Fox made itself in the party’s existing image.

I wrote about Ailes’s legacy yesterday, and reached pretty much the opposite conclusions. 

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.