The Jury Talks Back


Everybody Is Going Insane

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:59 am

Many Republicans think Donald Trump should be able to shut down the media:

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.

Meanwhile, CNN publishes an opinion piece from a woman who wants to treat hate speech as a form of “terrorism”:

The stripping of InfoWars from Facebook, Apple and other platforms is an important step in the recognition of nativist, nationalist and white supremacist hate speech as a form of terrorism.

In the aftermath of the decision of various service providers to stop carrying InfoWars content, there are many who will say that this represents an unprecedented affront to free speech and First Amendment rights. As a Muslim-American who has seen the detestable anti-Muslim propaganda of InfoWars content replicated across the worldwide web and popularized via Apple, Spotify and others, I know nothing could be farther from the truth.

I tend to think terrorism is the purest form of terrorism. I guess she disagrees.

Coming full circle: we don’t shut down CNN for publishing stupid opinions like that. We mock them. That’s how it’s done.


  1. We had the same reaction. I find that comforting, even if the poll and the comments at the main website are not at all comforting.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/8/2018 @ 9:59 am

  2. The 1st amendment protects the press. That settles the issue for me.

    On the other hand, perhaps this rising sentiment to flagrantly violate the 1st amendment might educate the media on the fact that ALL of 1st amendment matters? Nah, too much to hope for.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 8/8/2018 @ 9:55 pm

  3. What part of the 1st amendment is getting violated, and by who?

    Comment by Colonel Klink — 8/9/2018 @ 3:53 pm

  4. @ Colonel Klink;

    No part of the 1st amendment is being violated, yet, but anyone saying Trump (or anyone) should have the power to shut down the press is defacto calling for it. Same goes for the “ban hate speech” activists on the other side.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 8/9/2018 @ 9:42 pm

  5. I thought it was a bogus poll, which accomplished what the daily basilisk does often, yell squirrel.

    Comment by narciso — 8/10/2018 @ 12:26 pm

  6. Do you call it bogus because you don’t like what it says, or do you have a specific reason?

    Comment by DRJ — 8/10/2018 @ 2:01 pm

  7. Here is a link to the poll and its methodology.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/10/2018 @ 2:10 pm

  8. you know how these questions are framed, that’s why I said remember agrabah!!

    Comment by narciso — 8/10/2018 @ 3:39 pm

  9. furthermore as with the ‘constitutional option’ they have a methodology and a language to enable it if they so choose,

    Comment by narciso — 8/10/2018 @ 3:41 pm

  10. I have no clue what any of that means.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/11/2018 @ 8:57 am

  11. They have a method to suppress dissident media and a narrative to explain it.

    Comment by Narciso — 8/11/2018 @ 8:25 pm

  12. Who are they, what is the method, what is the narrative?

    You love the word salad.

    Comment by Colonel Klink — 8/12/2018 @ 7:40 am

  13. Let’s assume Sharyl Attkisson is right that everything that has happened was part of a widespread, elaborate Democratic Deep State conspiracy. (In other words, the people who cannot organize campaigns that win elections, except in the most reliably blue states, can organize successful secret conspiracies.)

    IMO it is no surprise there is organized opposition to Republican candidates or that they use government and the media to accomplish their goals. We’ve been talking about this for years, decades even. That is why we had a Tea Party and were so energized about Obama, Clinton, and the 2016 election.

    Instead of picking a President who actually had some clue how to change things, America picked Trump. He would make a dramatic Press Secretary or Communication director but he does not have executive skills, so he and his policies have been easy for the Left to undermine.

    Sad, isn’t it? Leadership matters … but so does competence and Trump doesn’t have any.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/12/2018 @ 8:48 am

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