Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today spoke at the Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) 2013 about bias in the national media and its effect on conservative values in America. Congressman Smith is the founder of the Media Fairness Caucus and chairs the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Congressman Smith: "According to a 2012 Gallup poll, American's distrust of the media is at an all-time high. Gallup found that 60% of Americans have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly When the media don't report the facts, Americans can't make good decisions. And if Americans can't make good decisions, our democracy is at risk. So media bias, to me, is a major threat to our democracy."
Congressman Smith also participated in CPAC's radio row, and spoke with conservative radio and television hosts from across the country about the serious issues facing our nation. Specifically, he discussed the need to tackle out-of-control government spending and pass a plan to balance the budget. He was interviewed by NRA News about his opposition to the President's call for gun control and the Senate's plan to reinstate the assault weapons ban. And he spoke with the Tea Party News Network about how amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants would have a devastating impact on hard-working American taxpayers.