Nearly half of Republicans approve closing media outlets for inaccuracy, bias: poll

Nearly half of Republicans approve closing media outlets for inaccuracy, bias: poll
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Almost half of Republicans say they are in favor of courts shutting down media outlets that publish inaccurate or biased information, according to a new survey.

Forty-five percent of Republicans in the Economist–YouGov poll said courts should be able to shut down media outlets, while 20 percent of Republicans are opposed the idea.

Just 18 percent of Democrats said they would favor the notion, while 39 percent of them are opposed to it.

A majority of Republicans also said they support fines for media outlets that put out biased or inaccurate news reports.

Fifty-five percent of Republicans said they would favor fining news outlets, compared to just 12 percent who opposed the move.

The new poll comes amid heightened tensions between the media and the White House.

President Trump has recently ratcheted up his rhetoric toward news outlets, often invoking the term “fake news” and launching attacks on Twitter and at public appearances.

Trump mocked “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski on Twitter last month, calling her “low-I.Q.” and “crazy.”

The president later tweeted a video of him tackling a man with a CNN logo superimposed over his face.

The White House has also deployed surrogates, such as counselor Kellyanne Conway and assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka, to hit back in interviews against what the administration sees as unfair coverage.

Trump appointed former hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci to lead the White House’s communications shop last Friday.

Scaramucci during an interview on Sunday said he is hoping for a "fresh start" with the media. 

The Economist/YouGov survey of 1,500 respondents, 1,282 of whom were registered voters, was conducted between July 23-25. It's margin of error is 3 percentage points.