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Poll: 'Scary' Number of Republicans Support Court-Ordered Press Censorship


Poll: 'Scary' Number of Republicans Support Court-Ordered Press Censorship

Jake Johnson, staff writer

As the Trump administration continues to make headlines for its attacks on the press and its attempts to prevent journalists from adequately covering White House press briefings, a recent YouGov/Economist poll (pdf) found that 45 percent of Republicans support giving courts the power to shut down "biased" media outlets—a result commentators argued


A warning to republicans – be careful what you wish for. Fox, Sinclair Broadcasting might well be the first to go under your new regime.


Bias is in the eye of the beholder.  Or, sorta like pornography, “we knows it when we sees it” –
First Amendment Be Damned.

And with Gorsuch replacing Scalia, the odds of SCOTUS allowing this crap are pretty high.


It should be obvious that many Republicans support an authoritarian government. That was pretty much a major plank in Trump’s platform as he did his best imitation of Mussolini to run against the candidate of a party that unanimously supports democracy. What we really had was the Authoritarian Party running against the Democratic Party. The name Republican has become really obsolete and misleading. Or if Authoritarian Party doesn’t do it what about the White People’s Party. The Republican Party really does need a new name now that it has been transformed into something unrecognizable as the party of Lincoln.


What they really mean is propaganda that they don’t like. Their own propaganda, of course, is considered unbiased. And who shall say what is biased?


No, what we really had was the Blatantly-Authoritarian, pro-Theocracy Party running against the More-Subtly-Controlling, pro-Plutocracy Party.  The People still lose either way, it just would have taken a decade or three longer under the DamnocRatic Establishment.

At least The People – some of us, anyway – are now stirred up to resist, and although we’ve had some major setbacks recently there is still time to rally the troops for a counter-attack. Victory – or at least avoiding a total defeat – may still be possible.

Gee, I thought that Bill Clinton a DamnocRat when “his signature crime bill helped dismantle African-American families.”  Per NewsOne, “Clinton presided over the largest increase in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history. Clinton did not declare the War on Crime or the War on Drugs – those wars were declared before Reagan was elected and long before crack hit the streets – but he did escalate it beyond what many conservatives had imagined possible.”


Conservatives are quick to give our rights away. They’re also the ones pushing for tort repeal. They are so easily brainwashed by their leaders that they will gladly follow them off the cliff or slit their own throats without question. I guess that’s where the term blind faith comes from.


Once again an attempt to blur the distinction between the Republicans and Democrats. Which party nominated Donald Trump? Do you think the Democrats would nominate a white supremacist fascist businessman who had the nerve to run a scam called Trump University. The effort to blur the distinction between the parties always ignores the vast difference in voting records of the parties on environmental issues and their opposite stands on many social issues. I doubt if most Democrats agree with everything Bill Clinton did. The party is known for internal arguments. But the Republican party has now drifted so far to the right to suggest in any way the parties are similar is a joke. Among the most enthusiastic fans of Trump are the KKK and neo-Nazis. The Democrats on the other hand tend to get support from organizations like the NAACP. I would say in the 1950s there wasn’t that much difference between the parties. What were the key differences between Eisenhower and Stevenson? The southern conservative segregationists were Democrats. Liberals like Rockefeller and Javits were Republicans. Today the Republicans have shifted far to the right and the Democrats are spread out on the left. The parties are completely polarized with little in common when it comes to domestic policy. They are so far apart that Congress really does not function. What we have is a governmental crisis at the federal level.


Gotta “fake the news” when it reveals their mean-spirited, inhumane skulduggery and censor the real news. Too late, the barn door has been opened and globalization provides a plethora of reliable, trustworthy news sources who will not be cowed or rounded up… As for bias, no matter how much someone tries to cover up the stink of swill, it remains and the senses of the well-informed, concerned, astute public will detect it immediately.


I can hear the jackboots marching down every Main Street in the country. They’re getting louder!


45% of whom? registered republican voters? republican party? this is such an open ended report that does not give details, and will probably cause a lot of anxiety, and possibly fear.
common dreams should not resport to breitbart style reporting.

and anyway 45% of republicans, any way you count them, is not a majority.

even with this report, the majority supports an open press.

how can this pass the congress and senate of u.s.a.? this isn’t even a bill being put forward.

stop this common dreams - you are playing with statistics and semantics - fake news? alteernate facts? a

you pose as a liberal, socially conscious news purveyor. follow this stated objective.


“Scary for anyone concerned about the future of American democracy.” The time to find that scary was decades ago. American, i.e. US American democracy has been dead, a joke, for a long time. The expression ‘bring them democracy’ means invade them, when uttered by US government officials.


Hi Karenza,

I’m afraid you didn’t read the article very well.

“45 percent of Republican respondents said they would support giving courts such powers. A mere 20 percent of Republicans said they oppose the idea.”

In other words, only 20% (not a majority) of Republicans support an open press. 45% are against it, and 35% are unsure or confused.


All of this reflects clearly that the republicans:

  • have to face reality that the nation is inherently Progressive
  • they are now needing to cheat (gerry mandering districts) in order to win elections
  • having to stop freedom of opinion and press, again because they are dwindling


Republicans and stupid voters are treasonous un patriotic assholes of the worst order …all of them each and everyone a blatant stupid moronic assholes…ALLLLL…


Republicans are Nazis … Why is that so difficult to understand?


Here is the latest media attack upon the “left” on-line:


Google’s new search protocol is restricting access to 13 leading socialist, progressive and anti-war web sites
by Andre Damon and David North
2 August 2017

“New data compiled by the World Socialist Web Site, with the assistance of other Internet-based news outlets and search technology experts, proves that a massive loss of readership observed by socialist, anti-war and progressive web sites over the past three months has been caused by a cumulative 45 percent decrease in traffic from Google searches.”
The World Socialist Web Site has obtained statistical data from SEMrush estimating the decline of traffic generated by Google searches for 13 sites with substantial readerships. The results are as follows:

* wsws.org fell by 67 percent
* alternet.org fell by 63 percent
* globalresearch.ca fell by 62 percent
* consortiumnews.com fell by 47 percent
* socialistworker.org fell by 47 percent
* mediamatters.org fell by 42 percent
* commondreams.org fell by 37 percent
* internationalviewpoint.org fell by 36 percent
* democracynow.org fell by 36 percent
* wikileaks.org fell by 30 percent
* truth-out.org fell by 25 percent
* counterpunch.org fell by 21 percent
* theintercept.com fell by 19 percent


If you go to the poll itself (how many here did that?), there were two questions - which were:

  1. Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose permitting the courts to fine news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate–or haven’t you heard enough about that yet to say?

55% of republicans and 23% of Democrats favored this

  1. Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose permitting the courts to shut down news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate–or haven’t you heard enough about that yet to say?

45% of Republican and 18% of Democrats favored this.

But overall the most common response was: “Haven’t heard enough yet to say.” with 51% and 43% and of Democrats and 34% and 35% Republican responding this way - as if this is an issue that would be open to debate if it were brought up!

So my main takeaway from this poll is that a plurality of USAns must have not “heard enough yet” about the basic principle of freedom of speech or the First Amendment - and so their responses are basically following partisan lines - .i.e. if the shoe were on a different foot, the self-described Democrats would be all for press oppression too!


The Dumbocrats are basically where the Republicans were 20 years ago, and the Republicans today are so far-far-far right as to be off the scale nowadays. I.e., both parties have moved right bigtime in the last few decades. I hate them both. But yes, you do have a small point, Lrx, in that they are not completely the same parties. The Dumbocrats are still further left of the Republicans, at least on certain social wedge issues. But the distinction is getting smaller every year, and mostly rhetorical.


And don’t forget, there have been actual scientific studies that have proven that people that identify as Republicans have lower overall IQ’s and tend to be incurious, with little in the way of critical thinking skills, and prefer authoritarian power structures, to tell them what to do, rather than to have to think on their own. I wish I could remember the name of the studies, I would link them. But obviously the general make-up of Republicans makes them naturally love authoritarian dictators, and to easily be swayed to follow them, and to not have the ability to see the bigger picture such as how stripping away freedom of the press actually hurts THEM as well as their perceived enemies. To put it bluntly, it has been scientifically proven that Republicans, generally speaking, are just plain stupider and more ignorant.