Evan Smith of Texas Tribune: 'People Assume the Media is Liberal'

Is it possible to throw out all personal biases and values and do truly objective reporting about the government?

Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of Texas Tribune, thinks so. The news organization has had success by offering quality journalism and comprehensive databases of public records. And, at almost one year in, Smith says the site remains beholden only to the citizens.

“People just assume the media is liberal. That’s just sort of taken as a fact, not a question,” he said in our Media Beat interview. “We’re not a bunch of communists. We’re not a bunch of socialists. We’re just good, hard-working journalists who believe that Texas can do better for its people than it is. That’s not a Republican thing or a Democratic thing. The only bias we have is in favor of Texas.”

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