- The Washington Times - Monday, March 20, 2017

Rep. Lamar Smith is using a new term to describe the mainstream media and the Democratic Party, arguing that both have become almost indistinguishable from each other.

“The media and Democrats are so close in association and so close in their philosophical views that we might as well use one word to describe both, and that’s ‘Mediacrats,’” the Texas Republican, founder of the House Media Fairness Caucus, told the Washington Examiner in an interview Sunday.

Mr. Smith said the media’s treatment of President Trump should be enough to strip them of their “mainstream” status.

“How can the media be considered ‘mainstream’ when it doesn’t represent a majority of the American people?” he asked. “It’s more accurate to use the term ‘liberal.’”

“It’s the most biased media I’ve seen in my lifetime,” he said. “I am concerned that it is hurting our republic, I’m afraid they are hurting themselves, I’m afraid they are hurting the country, and they’re clearly so intent on hurting the president that they are taking themselves down at the same time.”

A study this month by the Media Research Center found that 88 percent of the broadcast news coverage of Mr. Trump and his team was “hostile” during the first 30 days of office. Mr. Smith suggested that it’s the media’s fault for the president’s falling approval ratings, which sunk to 37 percent as of Sunday.

“Maybe the media is having an impact on the public’s view of the president,” he told the Examiner. “That’s not a surprise. Even if most of America thinks the media is biased, they still can be influenced by that bias, and I think that helps explain some of the public opinion polls of the president.”

Mr. Smith also said he fully supports Mr. Trump’s use of Twitter to circumvent the unfair press.

“He can connect directly with the American people, and that’s why the media doesn’t like it,” he said. “They want themselves to be the oracle. They themselves want to be the only conduit. They themselves want to tell the American people what to think.”

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