On February 13, 2017, Lamar Smith was on in Texas, but unavailable at his offices. Rather than meet with constituents, Smith published a letter-to-the-editor in the San Antonio Express News defending his previous comments that Trump was the only source for the “unvarnished truth.” Smith’s letter came after well-publicized criticism of his comments, and specifically, a targeted Editorial that was planned, and then nixed by production staff, by Rick Casey, who had planned to end his “Texas Week” show on KLRN with the editorial. The editorial nevertheless made the rounds online. Smith called Casey’s editorial “fake news,” but didn’t address any of Casey specific concerns.
Smith’s letter stated the following:
Re: “What we learn when the news source is Trump,” Rick Casey, Other Views, Feb. 4:
This column is a good example of fake news. Casey implied I had criticized Fox News by name and had “disrespect” for that channel. In fact, I had never mentioned Fox, only the bias of the liberal media in general. And I don’t know of anyone who would consider Fox liberal. But the column does reveal for all to see the extent of the liberal media bias.
It’s no surprise that the media’s credibility is at a record low with the American people, according to a recent Gallup poll.
A recent poll confirms exactly what I said and refutes what Casey said. Forty-nine percent find the administration truthful, while only 39 percent find the media honest. So, yes, the American people agree with me that Trump is a better source than the biased media.
Wouldn’t it be better for our country if the media gave the American people the facts, rather than told them what to think?
Wouldn’t it be better for our country if the media treated the president fairly and objectively?
Rep. Lamar Smith