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Rep. Lamar Smith: 'National Media Should Be Held Accountable'

By AIM Staff

At the AIM conference in September, “ObamaNation: A Day of Truth,” attendees heard from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on the subject of media bias. Smith is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and the founder and head of Congress’s Media Fairness Caucus.

Rep. Smith reminded the conference, “Our national media should be held accountable just like every other institution.” In holding the media accountable, Rep. Smith emphasized, “We need to remind the media of their profound obligation to provide the American people with the facts, not tell them what to think.”

He cited several studies supporting the view that the media need constant reminding of their duty to inform, not persuade. In 2008 Investor’s Business Daily noted, “the amount of money journalists contributed in the last Presidential election cycle favored Democrats over Republicans by a fifteen-to-one ratio.” And other examples of media bias are plentiful when comparing economic “news” today with similar coverage during Republican administrations.

During the Q&A portion of his speech, Rep. Smith explained an easy test to detect media bias: “Ask yourself this question—and this is a question that I hope the American people will ask themselves more often. This is a good way to gauge whether the media is biased or not. The question is this: Would the media treat Republicans and Democrats the same way?”

You can watch the highlights of Rep. Lamar Smith’s speech here:

Watch Rep. Lamar Smith’s full speech below, or watch it with the transcript here:

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  1. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    October 24, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    We will not be holding our breath!

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      October 25, 2012 @ 5:29 am

      My thoughts, exactly!

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  2. robynhmiComment by robynhmi
    October 24, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I have always found this to be one of the best short articles written on the rsponsibility of journalism. It’s titled “The Oath They Never Took”.

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  3. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    October 24, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    A waste of time and effort. The media, in any form, has always been biased. Remember the Spanish-American War? A media event orchestrated by Hearst. But go back even further, Ben Franklin,the printer, wrote his own artcles which were opinion pieces par excellence.

    The problem is not media bias, but a defunct education system that leaves its students without the tools to understand the difference between opinion and fact. Advertising is a major business, few can read between the lines.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      October 24, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      A half century ago Vance Packard in his book the “Hidden Persuaders” outlined how the American public was being manipulated by purely emotional appeals to buy a product with no reason or intelligence behind their choice. Obama was our new brand of soap sold to the public using the motto: Hope and Change. Could you imagine a dumber way to choose a president than that he has charisma and the media people think he has the appeal of a “rock star”.

      The real question is who paid for the PR campaign that led to his election and how did they manage to conceal his background, his beliefs and his lack of experience? As Herman Cain said Obama didn’t have sufficient experience to run one of his Pizza outlets, so who pushed him and how much of Obama’s six trillion dollars of spending went to these supporters? At the Nuremberg Trials we discovered those who had run the Nazi PR campaign against the Jews, but it shouldn’t take a War Crimes Trial to uncover who is pulling the strings in this country and their motives?

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  4. bna42Comment by bna42
    October 24, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    “We need to remind the media of their profound obligation to provide the American people with the facts, not tell them what to think.”

    The media has ignored their low approval ratings, they have continued to exhibit their bias, and the best way to get their attention is to stop dealing with them. If Republicans would refuse to give interviews and make comments to the media, explaining that they are tired of the bias toward them, it shouldn’t take long for the media to understand that their tactics are no longer welcome.

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  5. BP in FLComment by BP in FL
    October 24, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    The last thing we need is more government regulation. I agree with bna42 that we should just stop dealing with the Liberal/MSM media. Engaging them and allowing them to frame the conversation only lends them credibility and places us at a disadvantage. We can force them out of business by denying them content.

    Regulating them for not doing their job is a socialist proposition and would set a dangerous precedent.

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  6. Richard PriceComment by Richard Price
    October 24, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    PLEASE STOP VOTING FOR THIS MAN. I am getting tired of signing petitions to stop the bad bills he is attempting to pass. Lamar Smith has shown himself to be nothing more than a greedy corporation Representative for the R.I.A.A. and M.P.A.A., or anyone else with enough cash. I wish there was someway to hold him responsible for selling out the American people for a few corporate dollars. He is a very good example of the damage that can be caused by a greedy politician. His Millennium copyright act will take many years to undo this terrible affront to free enterprise. I don’t want corporations running the government.

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  7. scallywagComment by scallywag
    October 25, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    If we could switch our Media ( sans FOX and WSJ) with China’s Media, I believe both people’s would benefit greatly. Especially Americans.

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  8. NewsWatcherComment by NewsWatcher
    October 25, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Government will not (and should not) get involved in the free press. There is only one thing the media will listen to .. $$$$. This is why I cancelled my local newspaper years ago when they endorsed a liberal candidate for mayor who raised taxes even over the overwhelming public outcry .. and even pushed the public out and closed the doors to the public meeting .. then praised the other politicians for “doing the courageous thing” (by the way, he lost re-election .. but I still have not given any more money to the local rag.) I no longer watch any of the liberal MSM .. which also keeps me from even watching my local news in the evening. Eventually, if enough do this, the $$$’s will force them to fix themselves. But alas, there are far too many blind folks who want to believe all the MSM feeds them instead of thinking for themselves. I have heard it said (and agree with:) “Don’t beleive anything your hear, and only half of what you see” .. and I have a lesson I have taught that proves you cannot even trust your eyes .. and it works every time.

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  9. miamirepComment by miamirep
    November 6, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    They do not report the news, they make it. Since money seems to be the only motivator in most cases, perhaps we can all get together, purchase the stocks of all these misleading and bias, organizations, fire each one publicly. Won’t that feel great!

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