Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Trust in Media Falls to Historic Low

Mr. Speaker, Americans’ trust in the media has hit a historic low according to a recent Gallup poll.  Gallup found that only 32 percent of Americans have a great deal or even fair amount of confidence in the media to present the news fully, accurately and fairly.  This represents an eight-point drop from just a year ago. It also is the lowest level of trust in the media that Gallup has ever recorded since it first asked the question forty-six years ago.

Republicans trust in the media has dropped from 32 percent a year ago to 14 percent today. This is “easily the lowest confidence among Republicans in 20 years” says Gallup. Trust in the media among Democrats and independents fell as well.

The historic distrust of the media will continue until the media stops telling Americans what to think. 

Watch video of the floor statement here.