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National Media's Biased Coverage of Rising Gas Prices

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, a recent study by the Business and Media Institute found that news coverage of rising gas prices are four times less likely during the Obama administration than the previous Bush administration.

The study found that news sources--such as ABC, CBS, and NBC--only covered the rising prices 21 times during the Obama administration compared to 97 times under the Bush administration.

The quantity of coverage was not the only difference. The tone of the coverage was different as well. Under the Bush administration, gas prices were ``skyrocketing'' as people's ``wallets were running on empty.'' Now, ``gas prices creep up.''

The national media owe it to Americans to provide the facts and let the people make their own decisions. Democracy is threatened when the national media report in a biased manner.

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