WEB Notes: After the election, we discussed these sort of things. Republicans got their boy in office and they will support him no matter what he wants to do. Why? He is a Republican, he is on their “political football” team. Now if this headline was flipped around and it was Democrats. Why all the Republicans the nation over would be up in arms. That is why we do not play politics at World Events and the Bible. Instead, we tell you how it is. Bias is a horrible thing and it blinds you from the truth.
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.