Cong. Lamar Smith: ‘The American People Are Smarter than the Media Thinks’

53% support “registering immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.”

By Craig Bannister

Americans didn’t fall for the media’s constant barrage of “slanted” stories attacking Pres. Trump’s immigration orders, the chairman of the House Media Fairness Caucus said recently in a House floor speech.

Caucus Chair Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) slammed the media for twisting words, facts, and poll results to try to turn the public against Trump’s efforts to keep America safe.

“But, it didn’t work,” because polls show the American people were smart enough to see through the media’s spin, Rep. Smith said.

“The media did everything they could to turn the public against the president. But it didn’t work.

“The American people are smarter than the media thinks.”

Indeed, surveys, like a recent poll by Rasmussen Reports, do show that a majority of Americans favor travel restrictions on countries associated with terrorist activity.

On Tuesday, Smith’s Media Fairness Caucus published its latest newsletter highlighting examples of media bias, including two from the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters division:

A transcript of Rep. Smith’s remarks follows:

“For days the media have saturated the news with stories savaging President Trump for his immigration executive orders.

“The President wants to protect Americans by temporarily halting the admission of refugees from seven countries considered security threats to the United States.

“Despite the media’s heavily biased coverage, the American people still agree with the president. A USA Today poll found that 53% support “registering immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.” Only 41% oppose it.

“Even the poll was slanted against the president. The question asked implied that all Muslim-majority countries were affected, which is not true.

“It also used the word “register,” which has negative connotations and besides is not accurate. A more factual question that inquired about stricter vetting of refugees from the seven countries that pose security risks likely would have garnered even more support for the president’s executive actions.

“The media did everything they could to turn the public against the president. But it didn’t work.

“The American people are smarter than the media thinks.”

Craig Bannister is responsible for all CNSNews.com media relations, public relations, and marketing programs. Prior to joining CNSNews.com, he served as communications manager for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, and has managed communications and member relations for non-profit organizations such as the National Automobile Dealers Association, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and the Ethiopian Community Development Council.

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