The Daily Beast reports that
Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution. But a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos and provided exclusively to The Daily Beast.
The findings present a sobering picture for the fourth estate, with respondents showing diminished trust in the media and increased support for punitive measures against its members. They also illustrate the extent to which Trump’s anti-press drumbeat has shaped public opinion about the role the media plays in covering his administration.
All told, 43 percent of self-identified Republicans said that they believed “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” Only 36 percent disagreed with that statement. 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.
Republicans were far more likely to take a negative view of the media. Forty-eight percent of them said they believed “the news media is the enemy of the American people” (just 28 percent disagreed) while nearly four out of every five (79 percent) said that they believed “the mainstream media treats President Trump unfairly.”
But swaths of self-identified Democrats and Independents supported anti-press positions as well. According to the survey, 12 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Independents agreed that “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior” (74 percent and 55 percent, respectively, disagreed). Additionally, 12 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Independents agreed that “the news media is the enemy of the American people” (74 percent and 50 percent, respectively, disagreed)
I know that I have been writing a lot about the Main Stream Media lately, but, the manner in which they have been taking an active role in attempting the same sort of “Silent Coup” as the Deep State has been, has really stayed on my mind.
For the MSM to be playing a role in American Politics is nothing new. For as long as I can remember, they have taken the role of an advocate in local and national elections, instead of acting like objective reporters of the news, as the founders of their profession called for them to be.
Covering up the peccadilloes of the Presidents which they liked and exaggerating the faults of the ones which they didn’t has been the modus operandi of the media for decades.
The MSM has covered for Democratic President since before First Lady Jackie Kennedy found a pair of panties under her pillow and asked her husband, President John F. (Jack) Kennedy to ask around and give them back to whomever they belonged to.
However, during the Presidential Primaries and the Campaign leading up to that fateful night of November 8, 2016, something snapped in the minds of the minions who populate the Main Stream Media.
They stopped being merely advocates. They became Political Campaign Managers, acting as the Vanguard of the Far Left Democratic Party, a political position which they hold to this day.
During the 2016 Presidential Campaign, they carefully picked and chose the news stories to cover which would be the most advantageous to Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton, in a Herculean effort to drag her unlikable, unhealthy, unapproachable ummm…self across the finish line ahead of the charismatic Citizen Statesman Donald J. Trump.
Having failed miserably and being beside themselves in shock and grief, as witnessed on the cable news channels on the glorious night of November 6, 2018, the MSM vowed, just like the Deep State did, to somehow, someway remove Trump from the presidency by posting fake news stories while attempting to block and ridicule everything he is doing to Make America Great Again.
The Republican number in the above poll comes as no surprise. But, for 33% of Democrats and “Independents” ( usually Democrats afraid of identifying themselves) to want to give the president the power to reign in the Main Stream Media, really makes a statement as to the lack of objectivity within the vaunted “fourth estate”.
While indeed the First Amendment does allow Freedom of Speech, as those in the Legal Profession will tell you, the Media is not above being held responsible for the stories full of falsehoods and libel which they write.
The lack of public trust in the MSM and their incessant attacks on the president and the issues which matter most to those of us who voted for him, are what has led to Americans finding other outlets through which to find out the news of the day.
If the Main Stream media do not “back away” for their present behavior, they are going to advocate themselves straight out of business.
Until He Comes,