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Democracy Demands Freedom of Speech and Fair Media Coverage

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DEMOCRACY DEMANDS FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FAIR MEDIA COVERAGE -- (House of Representatives - March 31, 2004)

(Mr. 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, all citizens should be aware that President Bush really has two opponents in his reelection effort: the Democratic nominee and the national media.

Most of the national media minimize or ignore the good news for President Bush, like last week's CBS poll showing him ahead, and magnify every criticism.

That is no surprise. TV coverage of the President is mostly negative. News articles are often slanted, and three of the largest newspapers in America have not endorsed a Republican for President in 50 years.

A recent survey shows that over half of the American people believe that "media stories and reports are often inaccurate."

Voters should insist on getting objective news reports so they can make good decisions. Democracy demands not only freedom of speech but also fair media coverage.

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