I never really watched his show. I was still a Democrat when "The McLaughlin Group" was super prominent. By the 2000s, I rarely ever heard of the show, which had been overshadowed by cable news programming.
In any case, he was a fascinating guy.
At the New York Times:
John McLaughlin has died at 89. He helped reinvent political talk shows with his "McLaughlin Group." https://t.co/bp4QEsqvhs— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 17, 2016
When Fr. John McLaughlin ran against the Vietnam war and won the GOP nomination for US Senate in Rhode Island pic.twitter.com/3lCGyTX5vV— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) August 17, 2016