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Americans Tired of Biased, Liberal, Shoddy News Reporting

Location: Washington, DC

AMERICANS TIRED OF BIASED, LIBERAL, SHODDY NEWS REPORTING -- (House of Representatives - June 15, 2004)

(Mr. KINGSTON asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, last week on the evening news, Dan Rather, nicknamed "Rather Biased" by those of us who are conservative or those of us who just like fair reporting in general, spent 2 minutes reporting a story about 1,300 layoffs in Ohio. That certainly is something that is of concern, and yet at the same time he only spent 20 seconds reporting that 947,000 new jobs have been created in the last 3 months.

I realize that the media loves to dwell on the negative, but they also completely can ignore the fact that the unemployment rate is down to 5.6 percent, which is a lower rate than it averaged in 1970s, 1980s and 1990s; home ownership has risen to its highest level at 68 percent; and real disposable income is up nearly 4 percent this year. The economy is coming back and coming back strong, and yet the media still wants to dwell on the negative.

But then again it is no surprise. Their real goal is not journalism, but to get JOHN KERRY elected president. No wonder Fox, "fair and balanced news," has come on as one of the strongest cable networks that there is, Mr. Speaker. I think Americans have absolutely had enough with biased, liberal, shoddy reporting.

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