Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) finished his term as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Now he serves as the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and relevant to us at Accuracy in Media, he is chairman of the Media Fairness Caucus.
As he explained at AIM’s conference last September, “ObamaNation: A Day of Truth:”
“Over three years ago, I started a new organization in Congress called the ‘Media Fairness Caucus.’ Its purpose is not to censor or condemn, but to urge the media to adhere to the highest standards of their profession, and to provide the American people with the facts, balanced stories, and fair coverage of the news. Through the Media Fairness Caucus, members of Congress point out media bias, and encourage others to do the same. I often make what are called ‘one-minute speeches,’ short speeches on the House floor, indicating, at least to me, the worst example of media bias of that week. But we do use floor statements, op-eds, a weekly newsletter, social networking, and other means of communication to highlight media bias at the national level, and encourage the American people to become engaged and really educated consumers of the media.”
“Americans deserve, of course, a balanced media. When the media doesn’t report the facts, or reports it in a biased manner, Americans can’t make educated decisions—and when Americans can’t make educated decisions, at least in my view, that threatens our very democracy.”
You can view or read his entire speech at the conference here.
Here is the current newsletter of the Media Fairness Caucus.