Conservative radio host: News outlets should not be shut down

Conservative talk show host Lawrence Jones said Wednesday that media outlets should not be shut down, weighing in on a recent poll showing a large number of Republicans saying that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE should have the power to close certain news outlets.

"I don't think you should shut down outlets because I believe in freedom of the press, freedom of speech," Jones, who is the editor-in-chief of the conservative college news site Campus Reform, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising."

Jones was responding to a recent Ipsos survey showing 43 percent of Republicans polled said Trump should have the authority the shutter news outlets that engage in "bad behavior."

However, the conservative talk show host knocked the news media for what he said was biased reporting.

"I do think that the press has a duty to serve the American people, and they have lost the American people's confidence," he said. "They have such biased coverage. They're not honest with their viewers."

Trump has maintained a contentious relationship with the news media, repeatedly slamming journalists on Twitter and at campaign rallies, and recently referring to the press as the "enemy of the American people."

However, the White House has said the administration is "committed to a free press." 

— Julia Manchester