Texas Congressman Lamar Smith Blasts Media on House Floor: 'Be Honest and Fair'

February 25th, 2012 2:58 PM

Last Friday, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Tx.) used his minute of opening speech time before the rule debate on extending the payroll tax cut to blast the press.

"The national media owe it to the American people to be honest and fair" (video follows with transcript and commentary, file photo):

CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH (R-TEXAS): Madam Speaker, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last month, more viewers feel the national media are biased than ever before. The survey found that 67 percent of Americans say there is a fair amount or a great deal of bias in news coverage. Only ten percent responded that there is no bias at all in the national media. These percentages show a significant increase in the number of Americans who believe they receive biased coverage of current events by the national media.

The national media owe it to the American people to be honest and fair. Americans' distrust of the national media will continue to grow until the media adhere to the highest standards of their profession and provide the American people with the facts, balanced stories and objective coverage of the news.

For those that missed it, NewsBusters reported those Pew survey findings on February 11. 

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