Congressman Slams Discredited Media on House Floor

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, questions Attorney General Eric Holder on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2012, during the committee's oversight hearing on the Justice Department.
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Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith recently took a few minutes on the floor of the House of Representatives to slam the old media establishment as a biased player for the Democrats. Lamar also said no one should believe a word the old media say and insisted that the media destroyed their own credibility with their biased “reporting” during the last election.

Smith, the chairman of the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, spent some of his time on November 15 asserting that the media have failed America.

“The liberal media tried to destroy Donald Trump,” Lamar pointedly noted. “Instead, they destroyed their own credibility. Their extreme bias is provable.”

The congressman added, “The network media’s coverage of Mr. Trump was 91 percent negative. And 96 percent of campaign contributions from journalists went to Hillary Clinton.”

Smith also revealed that “by a 10 to 1 ratio, the American people felt the media were trying to elect Mrs. Clinton,” and he said a recent Gallup poll found that America’s trust in the media is at an all-time low.

Asking if the media have yet learned their lesson, Smith answered, “Not likely, given the last few days’ headlines and commentaries.”

The congressman concluded by saying, “Until news reporters give the American people the facts, rather than expressing their own opinions, there is no reason to believe what they say or write.”

This is far from the first time Rep. Smith has criticized the media. A few years ago, the Texan insisted liberal media bias is a great threat, one that prevents Americans from making good decisions on the important issues of the day, including decisions on how to confront Islamic terrorism.

Smith also recently spearheaded an investigation into the controversial and bogus global warming crusade ginned up by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and others, especially for their claims that global warming skeptics should be prosecuted.

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