43% Of Republicans Want To Give Trump Power To Shut Down News Outlets: Poll

Authored by Jessica Corbett via CommonDreams.org,

In the age of “media-bashing enthusiast” President Donald Trump - who regularly declares critical journalists and outlets “fake news” and “the enemy of the American people” - at least 43 percent of Republican respondents to a new survey said they believe “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.”

The Ipsos poll (pdf), first reported by The Daily Beast‘s Sam Stein, also found that nearly half of Republicans agree with one of the president’s most common claims: that “the news media is the enemy of the American people.” As Stein notes, “members of the press, as well as top officials at some of the nation’s leading publications, have objected to the phrase, arguing that it is both wildly inaccurate and deeply dangerous.”

Earlier this year - following Trump’s so-called Fake News Awards—Reporters San Frontières, the international watchdog that ranks global press freedom, downgraded the United States, citing the president’s hostility and raising alarm that his behavior could have negatives repercussions the world over. As the group’s leader put it, “The unleashing of hatred towards journalists is one of the worst threats to democracies.”

This new poll’s findings, as Stein writes, “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,” and “illustrate the extent to which Trump’s anti-press drumbeat has shaped public opinion about the role the media plays in covering his administration.”

Although the numbers were highest - and thus, most “disturbing“ - for self-identified Republicans, “swaths of self-identified Democrats and Independents supported anti-press positions as well.” Twelve percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Independents also said they believe the president should be able to shutter news outlets, while 12 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Independents agreed with Trump’s position that the media is the enemy of the people.

Additionally, 72 percent of those polled - 85 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats - think it should be easier to sue reporters for libel allegations.

Despite these “nuts” and “terrifying” takeaways - which left many readers concluding that “the war that Trump is constantly waging on the media and the truth is bearing some major fruit,” and “43 percent of Republicans want a dictator instead of a president who follows the Constitution” - there were a few silver linings:

  • 57 percent think “news and reporters are necessary to keep the Trump administration honest”;

  • 68 percent agreed that “reporters should be protected from pressure from government or big business interests”; and

  • 85 percent claimed they still believe that “freedom of the press is essential for American democracy.”

And though Stein’s report on the survey sparked concerns, The Huffington Post‘s Ariel Edwards-Levy pointed out in a series of tweets that while an anti-media stance seems to have gained popularity under the Trump presidency, American support for the idea of the president closing down publications is not necessarily new:


bowie28 Ophiuchus Thu, 08/09/2018 - 05:23 Permalink

“The unleashing of hatred towards journalists is one of the worst threats to democracies.”

I disagree.

Government secrecy and journalists being owned and controlled by rogue intel agencies are a bigger threat.

Trump is correct and the hatred is justified.  They ARE the enemy of the people.


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nmewn bowie28 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 05:25 Permalink

Unleashing implies that the hatred was already there to be unleashed. It is justified.

With a straight face the Alinsky Nuuuz stoically reported that Flynn was "colluding" with Russians. With screams of paranoia they reported Vermonts power grid had been hacked by Russians. With a wry wink & a smile they reported "according to past & present government officials in a position to know" as if the past & present government officials were unimpeachable trustworthy sources which we later find out are Andy McCabe, Brennan, Clapper and Comey. 

And the metrosexual Jim Acosta is shocked out of his frilly thong that someone is calling him and Brian Ross out on it. 

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beemasters nmewn Thu, 08/09/2018 - 05:42 Permalink

"43% Of Republicans Want To Give Trump Power To Shut Down News Outlets: Poll"

I'm not surprised. He's like God to them; they'll defend Him to the end and surrender everything to Him. Nothing He does is ever wrong; there's always a greater purpose behind each action. The worshipers will find the logic and rationales even when there's none. To them, He works in mysterious ways. Sounds familiar?? They are (Trump) idol worshipers.

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1 Alabama nmewn Thu, 08/09/2018 - 05:55 Permalink

They have the highest rates of cancer deaths of any industry, perhaps they should concentrate on what it is about their behavior that contributes to so much cancer, and oh yeah, they then socialize the losses for all the phony cures that are never (and cant be) found.

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nmewn Adolfsteinbergovitch Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:06 Permalink

"As per giving the media death switch to the president and his successors, be careful what you wish for..."

The media killed itself.

Think about it, they had the story of the century, how the outgoing party had used a superpowers Deep State intelligence agencies and justice system to SPY ON THEIR POLITICAL OPPONENTS as if it is their plaything. They refused to report on it even as these Deep State actors came to them openly, without shame or remorse feeding them everything they needed to expose the conspiracy in real time. But no, instead they chose to join the conspiracy from the start.

They did it to themselves.

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CheapBastard lisa.roy39 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:38 Permalink

First, it should be acknowledged that FB and yootoob are publishers.

Second, they should be required to comply with the laws.

Third, any reporter or "media outlet" should be sued for defamation when they intentionally publish false and malicious information. "Intentional" meaning they know of should have known the information is false.

We obviously have been seeing alot of this from MSM, esp CNN and NBC which any or all of these politicians should sue, esp the president.


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Last of the Mi… SMG Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

There are other way to hold MSM accountable than a presidential shut down order. 

It would have to begin with news readers being called out publically and shamed for politically driven news which is what most conservative news networks are doing anyway. Background checks into funding and ownership for political gain are also a good thing. Foreign intervention into our news cycle would be a good start. 

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inosent tmosley Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:22 Permalink

Trump's alliance with netanyahoo - for me -, plus his immersion inside the kabbalah cult is very distracting. The same kabbalahites that control the media are all on board with Trump's brand of zionism. He is not the right person to be shutting down the (((MSM))).

However, if I was the president, I'd revoke all the licenses, and then put them back on them market for a song, to people with established records to prove their honesty and integrity. I most certainly would discriminate against anyone with ties to the tribe that gave rise to having to have had to take the draconian measure in the first place. I would further favor people whose forbears are of the stock that built the country in the first place, because the inputs, as we all have seen, from those of third world descent corrupt the nation.

In other words, hating and discriminating against foreign and destructive things is good.

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dirty fingernails curbjob Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:40 Permalink

Well well, lookie at that. Both sides beibg herded right to the same point and cheering for their riggts to be taken away. And you folks think the "fake news" meme is a new thing, some deep insight of a dotering old man, and a mistake by the media. This has it's roots in W's administrations attacking blogs and independent news sources for telling truths the MSM wouldn't touch.


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curbjob dirty fingernails Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:05 Permalink

And you folks think the "fake news" meme is a new thing, some deep insight of a dotering old man, and a mistake by the media.

There has always been a bias to media outlets; it's inevitable. There's bias in the owners, advertisers and readers so how could there not be ? ... the outlets with  more bias  are reflected in the demographic make up of their audience ... majority black audience; obvious bias ... majority female audience; obvious bias .... majority white, male, +50 audience; no bias (hugs, ZH)

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Stan522 Freeze These Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:34 Permalink

I haven't met a Democrat I'd vote for in most of my lifetime. I'm a registered independent, but vote republican and I support the policies of President Trump. However, having ANYONE in government force the adherence to the First Amendment is ridiculous!


The media has mostly been left leaning, but they've become deep into the left now. Even with this, I'd prefer the free market handle this.....

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blindfaith Last of the Mi… Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:25 Permalink



Once upon a time, media had to renew their licenses each year with the FCC.  Complaints were weighed regarding their behavior or responsibility to the public good.  Equal time was a requirement for opposing views.

Cable and direct TV cut the FCC off at the knees, circumventing that license to use the publics airwaves to transmit.  How convenient for some.

So now we have a 'private/stock holder' owned transmission of 'private/stock holder' 'information and entertainment' including propaganda . 

Do any of you have their stock in YOUR portfolio?  If yes, then you are part of the problem.  Do any of you buy the products of their sponsors?  Then you are part of the money that keeps it going.

Think about that before you choose to dismantle the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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SybilDefense Last of the Mi… Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:43 Permalink

Difficult to force itegrity.  Having a scrolling warning banner across the bottom stating this "op Ed" has not yet been proven, the sources are unidentified and the content is paid for and presented by George Soros funded ownership would be a good start.

Where as the AP wire news feed used to stand "Always Proven", now it's more like "almost positive"... because somewhere some guy told us to spread it.  Can't tell you who originated it, can't tell you if it's really true, but the owner said push it, hard, 'specially round lection time.

If you are given a free ticket to lie with impunity, you either work for the media or the gov.  Everybody else go directly to jail without passing go.  Negative behavior needs reprimand, or it will continue to grow exponentially.  Shut down the news? Never!  Shut down the lies, Forever.

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Got The Wrong No SMG Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:23 Permalink

Funny, the article doesn't mention that the left is already censoring the Alt-Right media and is gunning for Fox. But then again, demonizing and making Trump look like a wannabe dictator was the purpose of the article to begin with.

This is nothing more than projecting what the left is already doing on to the right and ultimately on their target, the President. 

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kralizec SMG Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:08 Permalink

Sure.  But that can only work so long as there are real, timely and enforceable defamation and slander judicial proceedings to restrain loose ad hom agenda-driven garbage that is the MO of the modern day Goebbels Media, and there should not be any censoring, banning, shadow-banning or any restrictions like that on authors, contributors, reporters, bloggers or commentators on any medium.  I would also like to see dueling brought back as a legal means of defending ones honor, it would not only drastically cut down loose lips in media but also restrain those tard-brained ad hom pukes in government...and it would be entertaining as all heck.  It would get me to run for office in a heartbeat.

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Never_Guess CheapBastard Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:53 Permalink

It’s stupid to believe that this is what republicans actually think. Yes the media are the enemy of the people, yes we all hate them. But let me explain what’s going through the minds of people who voted in this poll.

*Media* - “should president Trump have the power to shut down news outlets?”

*Republican* - “wow are these dumbass journalists actually asking me this?! Lol what a bunch of maroons! I’m really gonna make their heads spin now!”

*votes to give trump power to shutter news networks*


Its all a joke but they take it seriously. That’s why we troll them, they don’t know their ass from their elbow in Trump’s America!

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nmewn BigFatUglyBubble Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:53 Permalink

Well, it is my opinion the president already has the authority by virtue of being the head of the regulatory/enforcement state. Its not like he would come out and say "Today, I'm banning the Alinsky Nuuuz corporations I disagree with." 

It would be more like what ObaMao did with "immigrants", guns & ammo, tax regulation and health insurance. It can be done partially so the Alinskyites better watch their ass ;-)

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Unknown User nmewn Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:39 Permalink

President Trump should issue the presidential order to reinstate the FCC fairness doctrine:

Two corollary rules of the doctrine, the personal attack rule and the "political editorial" rule, remained in practice until 2000. The "personal attack" rule applied whenever a person (or small group) was subject to a personal attack during a broadcast. Stations had to notify such persons (or groups) within a week of the attack, send them transcripts of what was said and offer the opportunity to respond on-the-air. The "political editorial" rule applied when a station broadcast editorials endorsing or opposing candidates for public office, and stipulated that the unendorsed candidates be notified and allowed a reasonable opportunity to respond.

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SybilDefense JonNadler Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:56 Permalink

Now the people need to come out with extreme determination until some media owners, sponsors or lobbiests go to jail.  The Resistance along with Hillary's quest to accept her lost has done much to shine a light on how corrupt the whole system is.  An incredible win by a Trump will never be allowed to happen again.  The DNC serves up the chosen one and the left controlled media implement the systemic sickness to ensure the Deep State victory.  This may be the last true election before the shtf as anything but a Dem win will cause an outcry like never before seen as the really drastic steps to move against the people will be blatant and catastrophic.  If the Deep State does get control, impeachment proceedings will be sure to immediately follow, disrupting the country to its final demise so the few puppet Masters can steal the last bit of power and money from the dying Golden Goose.

It really is hard to imaging a positive outcome for anything after these midterms unless the country speaks out in one loud voice, "Mr Trump, you are our President".  Anything less is destruction and chaos, which at this point, the left is willing to accept under the advice of their MSM leaders

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PT beemasters Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:08 Permalink

Last time I looked, libel was still a law.  Slander is still a law.  Where are all the law suits?

How many law suits does it take for the media to die from self-inflicted wounds?

Okay, the media can weasel their way around it by misrepresenting the truth instead of out-right lies but I'm quite sure good lawyers can work out a solution there too.

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DeadFred beemasters Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:45 Permalink

He already has the law he needs, the RICO statutes. Follow the payments being made to get people to publish this offal and you can demonstrate a criminal conspiracy. They all publish the same drivel on the same day as if they are given a script, show the script, show the payments, show the intent then throw them in jail and seize their assets. The down side is I really don't want .GOV to be in charge of my Amazon orders. Bezos may be a clown and treat his employees like dirt but he gets my widgets to me in a timely manner.

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Pollygotacracker nmewn Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:48 Permalink

Their ratings are in the toilet. Rush Limbaugh reaches an audience 5 times that of the New York Times. Hannity is the highest rated evening news programs and literally blows MSNBC and CNN out of the water. The people have spoken. Whatever the faults of the right wing mainstream media, and there are many, they can create an audience. Ratings will win out.

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