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National Media is Not Mainstream

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, today's so-called ``mainstream'' media is not mainstream. The modern encyclopedia, Wikipedia, says, ``The term `mainstream' media denotes those media generally reflective of the prevailing currents of thought, influence, or activity.'' But the opinions expressed by the media are neither widespread nor accepted by the majority of Americans.

For example, journalists and the public have very different views regarding illegal immigration. According to a Pew Research Center poll, less than one in five journalists said they thought ``reducing illegal immigration'' was a ``top priority.'' Yet over half the American people rate illegal immigration reduction as a ``top priority.''

The national media should not be considered ``mainstream'' until the majority of Americans and journalists are on the same page. The bias of the national media's journalists has caused them not only to be on a different page but also to be in an entirely different publication than the typical American. To call today's national media ``mainstream'' is simply inaccurate. The national media is better described as the ``liberal'' national media.

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