Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Media Fairness Caucus

Like many Americans, I have become increasingly concerned about unfair reporting by the national news media. The purpose of the Media Fairness Caucus (MFC) is not to censor or condemn, but to encourage the media to adhere to the highest standards of reporting and provide the American people with the facts, balanced stories and fair coverage of the news.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “The only security of all is in a free press.” The Media Fairness Caucus (MFC) will strongly support a free press and not condone any form of censorship. Instead, we will examine the causes of one-sided reporting, develop strategies to combat media bias, promote an open dialogue between members of the media and elected officials, and remind the media of their profound obligation to provide the American people with the facts. We will avoid personal attacks or gratuitous criticism of media representatives.

Goals of the MFC center on stressing the need for objective and fair reporting. We will focus on finding better ways for elected officials and the media to communicate openly in order to encourage fairness and balance in reporting. In addition, we will point out biased coverage in a fair and reasonable way. 

To find out more about media fairness, please visit the Media Research Center’s website or Accuracy in Media's website. Also, please feel free to visit the website of the Co-Chairs, Rep. Alex Mooney and Rep. Kevin Cramer.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Abby Gunderson-Schwarz on my staff at 202-225-4236 or ags@mail.house.gov.

Why the Media Attack Trump

Voters Trust Trump, Not Media

It's the Media's Choice

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Trump's Immigration Policies Popular

If Trump Were a Democrat

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Fake News Includes Climate Change

Media Shouldn't Decide What's Fake

Media Could Play Positive Role

Mediacrats

Media Should Report the Facts Not Opinions

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Poll: Media Bias Threatens Democracy

Media Ignore Illegal Immigration

Poll: Americans Note Liberal Media Bias

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Don't Believe the Media

Trust in the Media Falls to Historic Low

Examples of Media Bias are Numerous

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The Media Show Their Bias

Media Downplays Ransom Payment to Iran

Poll: Americans Believe the Media is Biased

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Networks Ignore Court Blow to Obamacare

Media Ignore Release of Criminal Immigrants [Text]

Facebook Should Share Conservative News [Text]

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Only Six Percent of Americans Trust the Media

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Poll: Media Have Too Much Power

Media Silent on Lack of Global Warming

The Inconvenient Facts the Media Ignore About Climate Change

Rep. Lamar Smith: If We Secure Our Border, We Will Secure Our Future

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Two Words Republicans Should Drop From Their Vocabulary

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65% Americans Say Media has ‘Negative Effect’ on Country

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Americand Believe the Media is Intentionally Bias

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National Media Losing Americans' Trust

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Congressman Smith recieves Accuracy in Media's Reed Irvine Award for Accountability in Journalism

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