According to a study authored by Bruce Barrlett, who worked in the Treasury Department during George H. W. Bush’s presidency and served as a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan, Fox News is hurting the GOP.
Bartlett’s scholarly article, which was published by the Social Science Research Network, found that people who watch Fox News are less informed about current affairs than people who use other news sources and those who don’t watch the news at all.
"Republican voters get so much of their news from Fox, which cheerleads whatever their candidates are doing or saying, that they suffer from wishful thinking and fail to see that they may not be doing as well as they imagine, or that their ideas are not connecting outside the narrow party base," Bartlett said.
Bartlett found that Fox News’ audience was wrong on issues like the Iraq War and the Affordable Care Act and held a bias against Muslims. "It appears that right-wing bias, including inaccurate reporting, became commonplace on Fox," Bartlett said.
Bartlett argued it harms the Republican Part because "many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”
Bartlett isn’t the first Republican to come out against Fox News, which is often criticized for its conservative programming and inaccurate reporting. In 2012, then-presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said other networks were less biased. “I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through,” he said. "In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That’s just a fact.”