It really is Trump’s party– media edition

“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

–Thomas Jefferson

And, sadly, you know whose side today’s Republicans are on.  This latest from Pew is disturbing and damning.  If there is one fundamental aspect of the media in a democracy, it is the watchdog role to keep politicians accountable.  Alas:

Most Americans still support the watchdog role of the news media, but Democrats and Republicans are as sharply divided as in 2017

In 2017 and 2018, partisan divides in support of the news media's watchdog role largest ever measured

Even among the long-time media-bashing of GOP elites, this is a radical departure.  Our democracy is in trouble primarily for one reason– the spinelessness, cowardice, and complicity by Republicans as Trump attempts to undermine our fundamental democratic institutions.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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