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Lamar S.
Republican TX 21

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  • 65 Percent Say Media Has ``Negative Effect’’ on Country

    by Representative Lamar Smith

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    SMITH of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, Americans' distrust of national news [[Page H9091]] outlets continues to rise because of the media's persistent bias and one-sided coverage.

    A recent Pew Research Center survey found that nearly two-thirds, or 65 percent, of Americans believe the national news media has a negative effect on our country. This is because the media slants stories with their opinions instead of reporting the facts.

    For example, the media often praises President Obama's regulations involving climate change, but their reports fail to cite the costs of extreme environmental regulations and the loss of jobs. National news stories also fail to mention that these regulations would have little impact on global warming.

    Americans will continue to believe the media has a negative impact on the country until the media provides the American people with the facts, rather than tells them what to think.


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