When political parties embrace demagoguery and half-truth (and let's be honest, that's what Fox is doing), they do so at their own peril. Once you've sacrificed truth in the name of ideology, you've opened Pandora's box. The GOP opened that box, and what flew out was the tea party.
I don't know what Murdoch's long-view strategy is, but in the short-term, by touting the success of the Democratic convention and downplaying the political importance of the "far right," it sure looks like he's throwing Fox News under the bus.
Over the weekend I caught up on some reading and noticed the level of swipes recently taken at Fox's CEO Roger Ailes. I thought, really? Why are some so obsessed with Roger -- obsessed to the point that they are so so so busy taking swipes at him?