This week, U.S. Representative Lamar Smith stood before his colleagues on Capitol Hill to deliver a rant about what he suggested was a liberal media bias. Smith commented,
“Most Americans don’t believe the national media’s reporting, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Only about 2 in 10 say they ‘believe all or most information’ from news outlets such as the New York Times, ABC, CBS, and NBC. For the television networks, this marks a 10-point drop from a decade ago.
Americans have good reason to be skeptical of the media. A total of 17 journalists have left a national media outlet to join either the Obama administration or another liberal organization, according to the Media Research Center.”
Did you catch that? 17 journalists have either joined the Obama Administration or joined a liberal organization! (Psst. The Obama Administration isn’t really liberal) 17 journalists! That’s a huge number! Larger than 13! Do you know what percentage of American journalists that is? Why, it’s 0.03 percent of the estimated 50,000 American journalists in existence! That’s one journalist out of every three thousand! What a stampede!
There was one piece of news that Lamar Smith decided not to mention in his speech. It’s that, according to the very same survey that he cited, right wing Fox News is listed as the most unbelievable source of news in the entire United States of America. More survey respondents said that they “believe almost nothing” that comes from Fox News than disbelieved any other source of news. New York Times, ABC, CBS, and NBC – the sources cited by Congressman Smith – were less disbelieved than Fox News.
Lamar Smith’s theory to explain distrust in large media sources itself appears not to be very believable.