John McLaughlin guided the political side of journalism to have them expand from just telling facts to discussing the reasons behind those facts. He started so many thinking about the effect that our nations political choices would have on us all and discussing the ramifications that would come for voting for or against many major issues. His talk show was the beginning of true political discussion.
Television host John McLaughlin will he be remembered as the father of partisan political talk shows. The McLaughlin Group was launched in 1982, long before the partisan shows that now air. He would express his conservative views, often encouraging arguments rather than a discussion of the facts. Political talk shows at the time were cerebral and quiet.
Starting in 1982, the McLaughlin Group invented the partisan political talk show. When it debuted, the idea of letting political opponents loudly interrupt and talk over each other was unsettling and frankly, hard to listen to. The spread of similar shows and his longevity on NPR made his form of political discourse seem routine - and eventually popular.
No, John McLaughlin will not be considered "the father of partisan political talk shows" in the future. While he has made contributions to the genre which should not be discounted, the theatrical and polarizing work of other pundits is likely to be remembered more vividly. Consequently, it doesn't seem plausible that McLaughlin will receive much credit as a sole founder of this still-developing genre.