Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Majority of Americans Don’t Trust the Media

Speech delivered by Chairman Lamar Smith on the House floor on July 11, 2017

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that a combined 68 percent of Americans said they do not trust the media very much or not at all [31 and 37% respectively]. The same poll also found that Americans trust President Trump more than the media.

It’s no surprise that Americans do not trust the media. The media have stopped reporting and have started attacking. As the Federalist’s David Harsanyi noted in a recent article, “news organizations have become obsessed with fighting [the President] rather than covering him.”

A Harvard study recently found that 80% of the news coverage of President Trump in his first 100 days in office was negative, a new unfortunate record.

The media is so fixated on attacking the President that they rush to print unfounded stories using a single anonymous source.

Last month, three CNN employees resigned for their role in a botched Trump-Russia story. This debacle revealed the media’s insatiable appetite to print any story – no matter how groundless – that is critical of the President.

The liberal media should stop fighting the President and start covering his presidency in a fair and unbiased manner. Then they will regain the trust of the American people.