Here’s a bit of unsettling news: 44 percent of Republicans believe Donald Trump should have the authority to shutter news outlets for “bad behavior; what’s more, 12 percent of Democrats share that idiotic view.
The polling was done by Ipsos and it sends a chill up my spine. It should send tremors throughout the nation.
The president is angry with media outlets that report news he finds disagreeable. He has implied a desire to close them down if they continue to report completely the news about his administration.
Let me remind us all here about something that needs no reminder: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the media from this kind of government interference, intimidation and intolerance.
It speaks to freedom of religion, political expression, peaceable assembly and a “free press.”
The First Amendment says Congress shall “make no law” that interferes with a free press. Period. End of story.
Yet nearly half of GOP voters and more than a tenth of Democrats think it’s OK for the president to coerce the media and shut ’em down if they p** him off.