Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who heads the congressional Media Fairness Caucus, Friday used his minute of opening speech before the rule debate on extending the payroll tax cut-and approving spectrum auction legislation-to call on the news media to be "honest and fair."
He cited a Pew Research survey that found that 67% of Americans believe there is either a fair amount or a great deal of bias in national news coverage. It had been the top item on the caucus' weekly newsletter, which showcases alleged examples of media bias.
"The national media owe it to the American people to be honest and fair," he said on the House floor. "Americans' distrust of the national media will continue to grow until the media adhere to the highest standards of their profession and provide the American people with the facts, balanced stories and objective coverage of the news."
Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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