Media outlets that publish biased or inaccurate reports are taking a hit, as almost half of Republicans want them shut down, a recent poll revealed.
The Economist/YouGov conducted a poll this week, wherein a full 45 percent of all Republicans said U.S. courts should be able to close the doors on media outlets who are responsible for “fake news,” and at least 18 percent of Democrats also agreed with the idea.
Opposing a shut-down were 20 percent of Republicans and 39 percent of Democrats.
The numbers increase at the suggestion of fines instead of a shut-down, with 55 percent of Republicans supporting fines for media outlets that published biased or inaccurate news.
The survey received responses from 1,500 people, of which 1,282 were registered voters.
President Trump has consistently called out the mainstream media for their biased and unfactual reporting, both during his presidential campaign and just about every day since he has taken office.
CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times have especially been slammed by the president, and on July 2, Trump blasted out a humorous video clip to Twitter that portrayed him as a boxer, knocking CNN to the ground in defeat.
CNN saw its ratings take a huge drop around the first of July, following a week of “fake news” reports.
At a Trump “Make America Great Again” rally in Ohio Tuesday evening, the crowd starting chanting, “CNN Sucks!”
It’s important to note there is a lot of money in publishing anti-Trump news. For example, MSNBC is doing better than ever before. Rachel Maddow’s primetime show is hitting all time highs in viewership. Her anti-Trump message has been very profitable for MSNBC. The network recently raised their advertising rates.
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