Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Media Shouldn’t Decide What’s Fake

Speech delivered by Chairman Lamar Smith on the House floor on January 5, 2017

You may have heard about this new phenomenon called fake news.  Fake news usually consists of false and made-up stories.  Actually, it’s not new and has been around as long as there have been media. 

What is new is that a few liberal media organizations are going to label news stories suspect if they feel the stories are not true.  This should be of great concern to anyone who believes in free speech.

It works this way: nearly half of all Americans get information from Facebook.  Facebook has now decided to let liberal media like ABC News and the Associated Press determine whether news is fake or not. This represents the liberal mindset that the media know better than the American people what’s good for them.

A better idea is to trust the American people and let them determine what’s real news and not.  The American people will learn to discern the good from the bad – if the media stops telling them what to think.