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Uninformed Or Misinformed

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, Mark Twain once said, ``If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.''

Both might be true for those who rely on the national media for all the facts. For example, you might not know that the unemployment rate jumped to 9.5 percent last month, the highest rate in almost 30 years.

Or that the Vice President this week admitted the Obama administration misread the economy.

Or that President Obama has given more than a dozen ambassadorships to individuals who raised a total of over $4 million for his campaign.

Or that while the media report that 46 million people lack health insurance, there really are only 10 million people who can't afford or can't get health insurance.

The national media should report all the facts so Americans are not uninformed or misinformed about major issues.


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