Michael Flynn Jr. Sent Out An Anti-Press Twitter Poll And Didn't Get The Reaction He Expected

There's been a concerning trend of attacks on the free press.

Michael Flynn Jr. tried to rally his Twitter followers behind a controversial poll, but it quickly backfired.

The son of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Flynn Jr. is no stranger to Twitter controversy. He's tweeted out links to the Pizza Gate conspiracy theory, propaganda to push the Muslim ban, and racially insensitive remarks about African Americans

But this time, Flynn Jr. tried to rally some hatred for CNN and the free press by asking his supporters "Should @CNN be declared a terrorist organization?" He added "(Hint: They should)."

The tweet was popular, receiving close to 3,000 retweets and bringing in more than 45,000 votes. But the results of the poll didn't go exactly how Flynn Jr. planned. 83 percent of the people who so far have answered voted "no." 

The overwhelming vote was a strong rebuke of Flynn Jr.'s sentiment. Of course, designating a media organization a terrorist organization is an outlandish idea and would never come to pass. In fact, CNN's right to exist is well-established in the very first amendment of the United States Constitution

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

And yet, Flynn Jr.'s Twitter poll is in line with some of the attacks on the press Americans have seen in the last two years, and even in the last week. 

Whether you think CNN is biased or not, it's clear Americans — at least on Twitter — think the idea of calling it a terrorist organization are absurd. And that's a good thing.

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