CNN political commentator and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza said, “Trump has been at war with” Fox News “all season and he is winning. He is at war with the conservative intelligentsia from National Review, to every conservative columnist in the opinion pages, and he’s winning” on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on Tuesday.
Lizza said, “On the one hand, we’re going to be talking about Donald Trump from now until the debate. We’ll probably be watching Donald Trump not on Fox, on other networks that don’t obviously take the debates live when it’s on another network. He obviously has some counter-programming plans. So, he will dominate the news cycle on the eve of the caucuses, and he won’t be at the debate, so he won’t be under fire from the other candidates. On the other hand, there’s no doubt that the Fox debate is still going to get big ratings, right? It’s the number one news source for Republican voters, and he’s going to give a platform to a Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz is his primary rival there in Iowa, who are going to be allowed to say what they want about Donald Trump without Trump responding. I would imagine that the Fox moderators will feel under no obligation to defend Donald Trump in any way, or inject his opinions. So, it’s obviously a risk. I will also say, just to step back a second, this guy is basically at war with every power center in the Republican Party. There was a rule in politics that you don’t go to war with Fox News and Roger Ailes, because that network is too powerful and too influential in Republican politics, and Trump has been at war with them all season and he is winning. He is at war with the conservative intelligentsia from National Review, to every conservative columnist in the opinion pages, and he’s winning. This is a essentially a hostile takeover by Trump and his fans of the Republican Party that we’re watching in real time.”
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