On Wednesday, I fulfilled an invitation to discuss my book, Left Turn, with the congressional Media Fairness Caucus. Founded by Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from San Antonio, the purpose of the caucus is "not to censor or condemn, but to encourage the media to adhere to the highest standards of reporting and provide the American people with the facts, balanced stories and fair coverage of the news."
Perhaps except for being interviewed by Peter Robinson for Uncommon Knowledge, the invitation to present was about the greatest thrill and honor of my career. Congressman Smith, a true patriot and one of the nicest persons I have ever met, is seated front-left at the table in the photo. Moving clockwise, the other seated people are Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), Rep. Trent Franks (R.-Az.), Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), and super-star columnist John Fund.
My presentation was scheduled to last an hour; however, after 45 minutes the congressmen were called to the House floor to vote on the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. Just before leaving, Congressman Franks asked, "What can we [Congress] do [about media bias]?"
I said that I had some ideas and that I'd pass them along. However, I must admit, I don't have many ideas, and most of those are pretty half-baked. I'd appreciate any suggestions from Ricochet readers. Remember, Congress is severely constrained (thankfully, in my view) by the First Amendment. Congressman Franks' question is a difficult one. It's not clear that Congress can do much.