How Fox News became the kingmaker of the GOP

How Fox News became the kingmaker of the GOP 1


Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s essay adapted from his new memoir has a fascinating anecdote that shows why Fox News turned toward conspiracies after Barack Obama was elected. In this latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how Fox News’ stranglehold on the GOP has fundamentally transformed Republican politics.


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65 Comments on "How Fox News became the kingmaker of the GOP"

  1. Why do you think Fox News is so powerful? – Chris

    • derek sambrick | April 8, 2021 at 11:31 AM | Reply

      @Tommy Thompson why you watching their videos then? If they are such a unreliable source they why bother to watch the video or even comment?

    • HonorsAncora I | April 8, 2021 at 11:34 AM | Reply

      @Lee Morton mission accomplished ? I think you fail to recognize the current state of our country 😂 and its not getting any better. Actually, its getting worse. So yes. Be proud trump is gone, but can you say it was the beat for our country so far with the way the country is going ? If so you’re ignorant and cant see the pure incompetence going on with the administration. Literally what all of this comes down to is people wanting to admit whether they were wrong or not, yall have been lied to for years about one damn person and have believed every single bit of it!!! Id be pretty embarrassed to admit something like that too. Cause honestly, all of the signs of corruption and power grabbing are in front of your face, but trumps been shoved in front of yours for way to long clearly.

    • @HonorsAncora I But sir? If you can’t answer a simple question like what does your party stand for doesn’t that make you a little on the slow side? I hear rumors of Trump Supporters being dumb, but not dumb enough to answer a simple question? Can you answer it? I really want to know!

    • Tommy Thompson | April 8, 2021 at 11:49 AM | Reply

      @derek sambrick To inform those who are to stupid to know.

  2. Because the propaganda works perfectly so the base is wrapped up in a fever of anger.

  3. Fox is having major hissy fits because they no longer run the Oval Office.

  4. Schrodinger The Cat | April 6, 2021 at 9:43 AM | Reply

    The truth to conservatives now is like sunlight to vampires. They hate it with all their being, and when exposed to it, they burn.

  5. Michael Ulbricht | April 6, 2021 at 9:50 AM | Reply

    “Roger Ailes resigned in July 2016 after allegations of sexual harassment were made by 23 women.” What was Bachman willing to do, huh?

    • @String Bean Cuomo is hardly out of the political “woods”

    • @String Bean mmm

    • Do you mean, “What was Roger Aisles’ demanding that people do to win his approval?” Bachman is a terrible person, but careful how you phrase things. We shouldn’t put it all on women who have to make their way through obstacles men create

    • Michael Ulbricht | April 6, 2021 at 3:00 PM | Reply

      @Zen Quantum I heartily concur with your sentiment and I’ve always respected Women. I come from a family of highly educated and accomplished strong Women. However, I believe Women should be treated equally when they behave terribly, then they’ve earned the right to be insulted just like any Man does when they cross the line. Not physically, but mentally; absolutely!

    • @Michael Ulbricht if there is one thing that is totally clear, it’s that Bachman and the late Ailes are prime examples of terrible people

  6. JourneyMan Smitty | April 6, 2021 at 9:57 AM | Reply

    Because one day Fox News is going to crash and burn and they did it to themselves LMAO😆😂🤣😂😆

    • Joshua Sullivan | April 7, 2021 at 1:56 PM | Reply

      Meanwhile fox news ratings are steady and CNN is a sinking ship.

    • Uncomfortable Truth | April 7, 2021 at 3:15 PM | Reply

      It’s like people are reading other comments.
      I don’t think I could explain it to you, as you already have your mind made up despite any meaning.

    • @Joshua Sullivan Steady? Not really NewMax, and ect are chipping away. Give it another 5 years Fox will be down by half. Also Fox will do something very soon and be sued and change their tune very soon.

    • @Uncomfortable Truth If you’re trying to explain why you think Fox should be taken off the air then yeah, my mind is made up. My goal with my comment was to illustrate how the left loves to silence and they are actually mirroring real world fascist movements. Silencing opposition IS fascistic.

    • Uncomfortable Truth | April 7, 2021 at 8:19 PM | Reply

      Wrong again.
      I am a moderate libertarian without party leanings.
      Though I do believe media should be held to a higher standard of integrity.
      By this I mean, no lies and anything that is opinion, should be presented with a disclaimer.
      Just like we had prior to Reagan, opinionated pieces were shown as that and both perspectives were
      Today media is half truths, misrepresented context, lies and lies of omission.
      Presented as such to make us hate one another, as well as dividing the population.
      The agenda is to maintain the status quo, keep the citizenry fighting and funnel wealth and power to
      The hegemony.
      I think people are starting to see the futility of sectarian strife, but most people are not ready to abandon
      The fruitless pursuit of identity politics.

  7. JERRY RICHARDSON | April 6, 2021 at 9:59 AM | Reply

    An excellent post, thank you!

  8. brilliantly said and explained, ty mr cillizza!

  9. James marrinan | April 6, 2021 at 10:52 AM | Reply

    You’re videos are awesome mate. 👌

  10. Antonio Wade | April 6, 2021 at 11:20 AM | Reply

    Damn Chris good job bro thnx learning more and more

    • Learning about what? Becoming more uninformed? Can’t you do some assignment of your own rather than take every thing Mr Chris says as in the infallible truth! What’s wrong with you people?!

    • Marcy O'Kweef | April 6, 2021 at 3:08 PM | Reply

      Did you happen to learn that Trump was right ?? The wall works so biden wants to finish it now 🤣😂😆 I guess walls aren’t so racist after all huh lmfao

  11. Republicans: “Keep Corporations out of our politics!”
    Fox News: *literally creates their own President*

    • @M TM Like the Postmaster General in his corporate life , ‘ encouraging ‘ his employees to make political donations and attend indoctrination sessions on where those donations should go … is that the sort of bad corporate behaviour you mean ?

    • @george broff I am confused o.o why did you link me a Saturday Night Live sketch?

    • NUCLEAR PUGG | April 8, 2021 at 1:58 AM | Reply

      If the media wasn’t so biased against him he never would have gotten as far as he did

    • @NUCLEAR PUGG What are you talking about ? The media gave him a free ride , no deep interviews , no editing , no nothing , it wasn’t only Fox that broadcast the rallies … it was a big joke , right up until it wasn’t . The rest of the world’s media were gobsmacked . They all knew about the double dealing , the tax cheating , the huge intel chatter over the Russians , the whole big lie that donnie was back then . US media ignored it all for the clicks and likes .

    • John Freedman | April 8, 2021 at 11:30 AM | Reply

      Lol I haven’t seen Fox in years. It’s like the right wing CNN. CNN is more useful though, because watching it tells you what the radicals think. Although I see they aren’t talking about Baltimore, or those 2 girls that murdered that Asian man in Seattle.

  12. Napoléon I Bonaparte | April 6, 2021 at 12:12 PM | Reply

    As Mitch described, “Scorched earth”.

  13. I recently saw Michelle Bachman on a Saturday afternoon infomercial hawking home warranties. The reality show circuit will chew you up and spit you out.

    • Sprinkles The Cat | April 6, 2021 at 8:18 PM | Reply

      I wish I could find that

    • What happened to her family farm and it’s government handouts ? What happened to her husband’s ‘ Pray away the Gay ‘ counselling business ? What of the hordes of ‘ foster children ‘ that passed through the Bachman’s demented clutches ? Are the seven mountains still standing ?

  14. Fyi, my dear Americans: Having freedom of speech doesn’t have to necessarily mean the creation of a Fox-News like network
    We have free speech in Europe, and there is no news-network that’s crazy yet so influential as Fox is in America.

    • @Slay Mack In a civilized discussion I would ask you to point out what specifically I said that is wrong (“misinformation”) but I have no interest in a conversation with someone with your attitude.

    • @Jens Raab translation- you have no arguement and you know I’m right. Glad we sorted that out! Bye bye liar.

    • @Jens Raab civilized? What have I said that’s uncivilized? I called you out on your comment. How’s that uncivilized? Oh because nobody is supposed to question or counter you people with facts and therefore you deem it uncivil…. because that makes sense. Really though you’re just making bs excuses for your gullibility. Be proud!

    • @Slay Mack which “you people”?

    • Lots of Dunning-Kruger Effect here … 🙂
      Never engage in a discussion with those people!

  15. Richard Mc kenzie | April 6, 2021 at 3:00 PM | Reply

    People who think twice about visited a friend in a hospital , for example ,may dread+or feel extremely embarrassed about visiting the same friend in a psychiatric hospital

  16. Excellent Video I may even read Boehner’s book instead of dismissing it as self serving rewriting of history
    thanks Chris you da man

  17. Obanje Spirit | April 6, 2021 at 8:44 PM | Reply

    Give your sound guy a raise. He deserves it.

  18. Jeffrey A. Smith | April 6, 2021 at 11:15 PM | Reply

    “Fed red meat for breakfast, lunch & dinner”


  19. Naveed Mazhar | April 7, 2021 at 2:18 AM | Reply

    It’s just because hate sells better and more as compared to love and peace.

  20. The GOP has basically decided that the ‘kinder, gentler nation’ they once advocated for is now an acceptable loss.

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