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New Poll: 43% of Republicans Want to Give Trump the Power to Shut Down Media

By The Daily Beast

The ‘enemy of the people’ talk is working. A plurality of self-identified Republicans say they want Trump to have the power to take ‘bad’ media outlets outRead full story

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  • This headline is misleading. The question was worded “news outlets engaged in bad behavior”, which could easily be interpreted as news outlets making fake news. And who is going to disagree that fake news should be policed? Whether or not the president should have that power is an interesting poll, but

    This headline is misleading. The question was worded “news outlets engaged in bad behavior”, which could easily be interpreted as news outlets making fake news. And who is going to disagree that fake news should be policed? Whether or not the president should have that power is an interesting poll, but strikes me as pretty wonky for the general public. So I’m not sure what question they’re trying to answer here.

    More upsetting to me is this stat: “When asked if Trump should close down specific outlets, including CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, nearly a quarter of Republicans (23 percent) agreed and 49 percent disagreed.”

    It’s doubly upsetting, not to mention ironic, that a media outlet—Fox News—bears so much responsibility for spreading these talking points, or at a minimum, building the infrastructure for such talking points to spread.

  • First off, this was a survey of 1,000 people, so we’re doing a huge amount of extrapolating (which is standard in surveys.) second, if you click through to the actual survey, you’ll see that an extrapolated 85% agree freedom of the press is important to a functioning democracy.

  • I agree that the mainstream news media is biased and often misinforms the American people, but a president should never impede on the freedom of press. This is unconstitutional. The American people should just act as more responsible consumers of the news if they have such a problem with it. Republicans

    I agree that the mainstream news media is biased and often misinforms the American people, but a president should never impede on the freedom of press. This is unconstitutional. The American people should just act as more responsible consumers of the news if they have such a problem with it. Republicans and democrats calling out opposing mainstream news organizations for bias should stop watching their party’s equivalent. During his presidency, republicans would have called Obama a tyrant for making a fraction of Trump’s remarks about Fox News and the polling numbers in this story would be flipped between the parties. The news simply reflects what the American people choose to consume.

  • Support for the first amendment changes. Thankfully constitutional protections don't.

  • So, the Second Amendment is sacrosanct, but the First Amendment is up for grabs?

  • closing down political speech does not mesh with our first Amendment whether it is done by Twitter, Facebook, NYT, CNN or anyone else. the term hate speech is a very slippery slope. there are many who consider Maxine Waters & Peter Fonda guilty of hate speech. I oppose censorship. suck it up butter cup

    closing down political speech does not mesh with our first Amendment whether it is done by Twitter, Facebook, NYT, CNN or anyone else. the term hate speech is a very slippery slope. there are many who consider Maxine Waters & Peter Fonda guilty of hate speech. I oppose censorship. suck it up butter cup & put on your big girl (boy) panties. recognize that you have the right to be offended as well as to offend.

  • I really miss the news that was honest news of what happened. Eg. the fires in CA, election results, a bill that was passed, storm tracks, etc. Yes, we do get this news now but so much of it is mixed in w/ opinions. I don’t consider opinions as news and there are just too many opinions in the news, on Facebook, etc.

  • If a Democrat were President do you think the numbers would be any different or would the democrats percentages be much higher. With the democrats controlling much of the media , ABC ,NBC,CNN,CBS, MNBC rant they doing the same thing already. Controlling the commentary , the news put out, how the news

    If a Democrat were President do you think the numbers would be any different or would the democrats percentages be much higher. With the democrats controlling much of the media , ABC ,NBC,CNN,CBS, MNBC rant they doing the same thing already. Controlling the commentary , the news put out, how the news is heard. So articles with their percentages and questions are deceiving and this is one. I for one do not believe in the president having this control. No president , democrat or republican ! We should do something about the lies and turning of stories. I personal don’t think lying should be a protected right.

  • Republicans make up considerably less than 50% of the population. If you factor in their minority percentage of population and then take 49% of that, the numbers aren’t very impressive. Kind of like ignoring fact that Russia lost 50% of population when Soviet Republics exited and that they are now #15 in world rankings of GDP.

  • I believe in freedom of speech. I think the media can influence how we see our leaders. I think we should all stand behind President Trump because he was elected as the President of the United States. I appreciate the good decisions he has made. I think everyone in the media should respect certain boundaries

    I believe in freedom of speech. I think the media can influence how we see our leaders. I think we should all stand behind President Trump because he was elected as the President of the United States. I appreciate the good decisions he has made. I think everyone in the media should respect certain boundaries. I sometimes wonder if the competition for show ratings is getting too fierce. We may need to address this issue.

  • The American media seems to be losing credibility fast. They no longer present us with the facts and let us make up our own minds. The industry as a whole seems to have regressed to commentary instead of actual news. Especially when it comes to political news.

    I watch news stories that are so laced

    The American media seems to be losing credibility fast. They no longer present us with the facts and let us make up our own minds. The industry as a whole seems to have regressed to commentary instead of actual news. Especially when it comes to political news.

    I watch news stories that are so laced with errors because the channel that is promoting the news is so bent on putting a different angle on it they leave out specific facts to steer the story in that direction. Astonishingly enough it seems sometimes as if they don’t know that we can see what they’re doing. Too many times I had just stared at the screen in disbelief rolled my eyes and walked away or, change the channel.

    My other thought on this bazaar phenomenon is that a lot of these news casters may be too young to remember actual legitimate and, credible news reporting. It should be required that a lot of these up-and-coming newscasters spend a certain amount of hours watching Walter Conkrite or, some of the other American newscasting legends. Then they could ask questions like “when The newscaster told that story about the new bill that the politician was trying to get through“… Why didn’t he say how he felt about it? Or, why didn’t he speculate as to what might happen…?

    The St. Paul answer is. As a public we don’t need to know what that Newscaster thanks and less he’s doing commentary. If he’s doing actual news than he should just report the facts. As to the second part of the question “why didn’t he speculate as to what might happen?”...Like so many newscasters do now… The answer is simple… Those things that might happen are not news until they do happen… more often than not these speculative angles never come to fruition… They were never news to begin with…

    So often I have seen politicians do some very positive things that made a lot of sense. And should play out well in the long run. Yet for some reason I’m hearing the news caster put a very negative spin on it.?… I’m thinking why?… Don’t they know that with every story that is produced and broadcast in that fashion the credibility of the American news industry drops one notch lower?

    And Russia the main news source was Pravda for years Pravda is the Russian word for truth. Ironically 99% of the Russian people knew it was all baloney! Just propaganda.

    Now in America the news has become so skewed it can only be described as commentary or propaganda. However somewhere between 40% and 60% of the population actually believe these blatantly slanted news stories!

    In the American media is defense they do tend to just report the facts on anything non-political. However when it comes to political stories it’s just pitiful and, sad.

    We currently have a president who will be the first ever to be roundly criticized for doing everything he can to keep his promises.…

  • Brilliant idea - just brilliant.

  • The Daily omitting Beast. Stupid headline. Ridiculous poll. Skewed results

  • When you disregard the truth in favor of clicks and ratings, when you use your platform to disseminate inaccurate and hateful rhetoric against the leadership of the United States of America in order to further your own political ideology.. you might be an enemy of the people. The 1st amendment does not

    When you disregard the truth in favor of clicks and ratings, when you use your platform to disseminate inaccurate and hateful rhetoric against the leadership of the United States of America in order to further your own political ideology.. you might be an enemy of the people. The 1st amendment does not give media entities the right to engage in politically motivated psychological operations against the people of the United States. Some of the tactics being employed by the mainstream media are the same tactics used by the CIA to overturn governments and affect regime change in 3rd world countries. I believe strongly in free speech and I believe strongly in freedom of the press, but the campaign of hate and misinformation being waged against President Trump and conservatives in general in the media in this country is shameful and likely illegal. Sounds like a decision for the supreme court.

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