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GOP rep says media is ‘blurring’ fact and opinion

Moriah Ratner

GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C.) wagged his finger at the media Monday for what he called a “blurring of the line” between opinion and fact. 

“I’ve been really disappointed in the media since I’ve been in Congress,” Gowdy said at an event in South Carolina on Monday, according to the Washington Examiner. 

“I think there is a blurring of the line between the opinion page and the news page. And I can take you to the headlines of almost any website on the internet right now, and you will say, ‘Well that’s opinion, that’s subjective, not objective.'”

{mosads}Gowdy noted the press is not a monolith, according to Greenville Online, but said he thinks the media are too worried about being balanced rather than being “accurate.”

“To them, they’ve done their job,” Gowdy said at the event co-hosted with the Concerned Veterans for America that focused on free speech.

“They have quoted this person who’s wrong, and this person who’s equally wrong, therefore it’s balanced.

“I think the goal ought to be to be accurate, not to be balanced. And there is a movement in the media now that it is more important to be first than to be right.”

At the event, Gowdy and the veterans group were critical of what they said are retaliatory actions against whistleblowers within federal governmental agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Greenville Online reported. 

“Government against whistleblowers is an unequal fight,” Gowdy said. 

 

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