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Is Fox News' Increased Role In Republican Politics Bringing Diminishing Results?

Reported by Ellen - November 11, 2009 -

Media Matters' Eric Boehlert has a very interesting column about the growing influence of the far-right media in Republican politics and its widening disconnect with voters. Boehlert writes:

It makes sense that, as a purely partisan player, Fox News would immerse itself in backroom horse-trading. It makes sense that rather than covering the campaigns and the candidates, Fox News would insert itself as a political player within Republican contests and throw its support behind a specific candidate, the way it did in NY-23.

The looming problem for the GOP, though, is that the right-wing media can't pick winners and stands poised to rip the Republican Party apart.

Boehlert continues "...It's Fox News that sets the conservative agenda in America. It's at Fox News where partisan strategies are hatched, rallies are marketed, and smear campaigns are launched. And it's Republican politicians and traditional Beltway professionals who are forced to play catch-up to the conservative media." Noting the role of Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh in promoting conservative candidate Doug Hoffman, Boehlert writes, "It's a partisan press corps that no longer documents internal Republican squabbling; it initiates the infighting."

Boehlert predicts that there will inevitably be a "Fox News candidate" in the Republican primaries of 2012, "a far-right darling of the Tea Party movement (cough, cough, Sarah Palin) who has both the official (Limbaugh, Beck, Malkin) and unofficial (Fox News) endorsement of the right-wing media."

The big question is whether their hand-picked candidate can actually win an election.