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Smith: National Media Should Follow BBC Director's Lead and Admit Liberal Bias

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Location: Washington, DC

Media Fairness Caucus Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) today issued the following statement in response to BBC Director Mark Thompson's admission that the British news organization has had a "massive" left-wing bias.

Congressman Lamar Smith: "It's refreshing to see a liberal news outlet acknowledge its bias. On behalf of the seven in 10 Americans who say that news sources are biased, I urge the national media here in the U.S. to follow the BBC's lead and admit their own liberal bias.

"With each passing day, the national media's liberal agenda becomes clearer. Journalists who gave to President Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign outnumbered those who contributed to Senator McCain by 20-to-1, according to Investor's Business Daily.

"Reporters' leaked e-mail messages from the Journolist controversy gave Americans a look behind the curtain of the national media -- and the view isn't pretty.

"And in recent days, when a radical environmentalist took hostages at the Discovery Channel, the national media largely avoided calling him a "left-wing extremist,' even though they frequently use the label "right-wing extremist.'

"It's no wonder just 8 percent of Americans trust the media, according to a Zogby poll, and that by a margin of more than 3 to 1, Americans say the average reporter is more liberal than they are, rather than more conservative, according to a Rasmussen survey.

"If the media won't give Americans all the facts, they should at least come clean and admit their liberal bias."

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