Democracy and the Free Press

We only get to live in a democracy if we have the intelligence to support and maintain the societal institutions that create its architecture — one of which is the free press.

Many Republicans apparently don’t agree, believing that Trump should have the power to shut down news outlets whose coverage he doesn’t like.

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.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-poll-43-of-republicans-want-to-give-trump-the-power-to-shut-down-media

More Democrats and independents agree with those sentiments than I would like.

We’ve clearly done a terrible job with civic education in this country.

New aspects of our “Trump problem” get revealed every day, and none of them are good for our democracy.

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