Interview with House Media Fairness Caucus founder Rep. Lamar Smith
Media bias is a real and serious problem. I recently spoke with the founder of the media fairness caucus in Congress, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Here’s what he had to say:
REP. SMITH: I founded the Media Fairness Caucus six or seven years ago not in any way to censor media, because I believe strongly in the First Amendment but just as a vehicle to point out the media bias and its impact on American society.
When they don’t let the American people make up their own minds on the basis of facts and when they continue to try to tell the American people what to think, that is what worries me and that is not good for our democracy.
I think the greatest threat to democracy today is the media bias we are seeing right now because, if the media refuses to give the American people the facts, the American people can’t make good decisions. And when the American people can’t make good decisions, that’s when we lose our democracy.
BORIS: Do you think that some in the media who have their own shows and put themselves out as members of the press and reporting the news but are really pushing opinion should be labeling their information as "opinion" or "commentary?"
REP. SMITH: Exactly, I think that's one of the biggest things that could occur when reforming and stopping media bias.
You have some media that try and don't succeed and you have other media that don’t even try, but I think more and more, the American people are catching onto that and that's why their credibility is at an all-time low.
Here's the Bottom Line: We’re living in an age of pervasive media bias. Congress has to figure out if there’s something they can do about it.
In the meantime, media outlets themselves have to determine whether they should be labeling content that is opinion and commentary as exactly that.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.