Majority Balk At Idea Of Government Policing The News
But a sizeable portion are not fazed at threat to freedom of the press
February 25, 2014
A large majority of Americans stand in line with the First Amendment, saying that it is not the role of the government to monitor the output of news organisations. However, according to a new poll, almost 30 percent did not express that view.
The survey, conducted by Rasmussen, found that 71 percent of voters were unhappy with the notion that the government should police the media. The question was raised in response to a White House plan to place spies in newsrooms, details of which were leaked by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai last week.
A further 76 percent, according to the poll, said they were at least somewhat concerned that the FCC’s proposal to analyse news content could lead to state controlled news that pushes government agendas. Almost half said they were very Concerned that this could occur.
However, 18 percent said that they do think it is the government’s job to monitor news output, with a further 11 percent saying they were not sure. That means that close to a third of Americans either do not understand, or do not care about the notion of a free press, a right enshrined in the US Constitution.