Congresswoman Salazar Unloads On Reporters To Their Faces: ‘Do Your Job!’ | Beaufort County Now | Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL) slammed reporters on Wednesday after a House GOP meeting, saying that they were not doing their jobs reporting on how neo-Marxist ideologies were infiltrating various aspects of life in the U.S.

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    Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL) slammed reporters on Wednesday after a House GOP meeting, saying that they were not doing their jobs reporting on how neo-Marxist ideologies were infiltrating various aspects of life in the U.S.

    Salazar, who was a news anchor for a television station in Miami for many years, said that there was "a problem in this country with the news media." Salazar suggested that reporters were potentially compromised by "an ideology" that made them care less about facts and more about promoting a specific narrative.

    "Shame on the media," Salazar said. "Because we're concentrating and we're trying to look for headlines on what is not important. What's important [is] that there's a major threat in this country by what I call the socialists, or the neo-Marxists. That's the real threat."

    Salazar called out reporters for online looking for a juicy "headline" quote to make a news story instead of focusing on substantive issues that impact the future of the country, saying that they were doing "a very big disservice to this country."

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    REP. MARIA SALAZAR (R-FL): As a journalist and that's exactly what I want to talk to you about.

    REPORTER: Now you can talk to everyone.

    SALAZAR: I did this job for 35 years. 35 years, and I loved being a journalist. But you know, let me share something with you. We have a problem in this country with the news media. Because the news media is now... we're not doing our job. You know why? Because maybe we have been infiltrated by an ideology that I don't agree with. Now, I am a member of the GOP, but I'm still an American. And shame on the media. You know why? Because we're concentrating and we're trying to look for headlines on what is not important. What's important [is] that there's a major threat in this country by what I call the socialists, or the neo-Marxists. That's the real threat.

    Reporter: Don't you think American voters deserve to know what people are actually saying?

    SALAZAR: Of course. Let me finish my phrase and I will answer that. So I think that all of you, us, me at one point - we have a duty that we're not fulfilling. And I know that this is not exactly what you want to hear from me. What you want to hear is the headline. But you know what? There's a moment of reckoning. Don't you feel responsible that what you guys are covering is not what the American people need to hear? Why don't we ask Madam Speaker, what did she know? No one is asking. You are not asking Madam Speaker what she knew before that event. You see? Now everyone left because you guys don't want to hear what I'm saying. But I'm one of you! So I know exactly what you need to do but you're just not doing it.

    Reporter: But we asked leader McCarthy what he said on January 6th and they lied to us. And then there's audio.

    SALAZAR: You know this, this "they lied"... People change their minds, things happen, but I'm not saying that January 6th was... what happened was despicable. You cannot be storming any buildings, much less the Capitol. But then why don't we move forward? And why don't we start thinking about what's happening right now? But no, the media doesn't wanna do that because it's not convenient and doesn't produce headlines.

    Reporter: So to talk about what you guys talked about in there, you talked about the border, you talked about inflation...

    SALAZAR: We talked about what's happening in this country. That's what we did. You know, this week, the Dems who have the majority, they could be presenting different types of laws to lower the price of gas, to take care of inflation, you know, the border. For us, the browns, the border is a major problem. It's giving us a horrible name. We got to fix this. But no one's talking about it because it's not convenient because the editors and the people running the networks just do not like that type of headline. And you know, that's a very big disservice to this country.

    Reporter: We're just trying to figure out what happened on January 6th -

    SALAZAR: Of course. And I think that is exactly what you need to do. Investigative reporting, let's find out. But why don't we go to the other side, what did Madam Speaker know? No no no no no. The problem is you guys - 'don't confuse me with the facts, we don't want to hear that, no, because we're Dems.' We're Americans! We are Americans.

    Reporter: (inaudible)

    SALAZAR: Well, we need to know what she knew 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours before. If the Sergeant -

    Reporter: (inaudible)

    SALAZAR: I have no idea. Because I don't have a crystal ball. But I do believe that we have oversight and we have mechanisms in place to find out what anyone knew. Leadership from the Dems, leadership from the Republicans. Everyone. Cause the American people, that's their system! Otherwise we're a banana republic!

    Reporter: So you are part of the GOP -

    SALAZAR: I am part of the GOP, proudly, but that does not mean that I'm not an American. I want to know everything that happened, including Madam Speaker, down.

    Reporter: So did you listen to the McCarthy audio that was released?

    SALAZAR: Sure I did.

    Reporter: And what was your response, as an American?

    SALAZAR: My response was that it was edited. You see, I know the art of editing -

    Reporter: (inaudible)

    SALAZAR: I'm not sure. I'm not sure in what context. But what I'm saying to you is that it's not a matter of trying to find out what happened or what he said. It's the whole story. Don't you guys see it? What you guys are doing? History will judge the news organizations 100 years from now, and will say 'we're not doing our job.' I'm not saying to cover this. I'm saying to cover everything. Goodbye.

    Reporter: Have you talked to McCarthy about what he said about January 6th?

    SALAZAR: Listen. I am more concerned, not about the past but about the future. Look at the future of this country! Don't you see that there is an influence called the neo-Marxists penetrating media and academia? Don't you guys see it? And you know what that means? Ask the Venezuelans. Ask the Cubans. No no no no. Cause those people speak another language; we don't know them. Yeah, but we do know what happens when the neo-Marxists and the socialist forces infiltrate a society.

    Reporter: You talked about (inaudible) banana republic. Is it concerning that at least once of your colleagues was calling on former President Trump to use martial law to overturn the election?

    SALAZAR: I am concerned. And you know, when you're on camera, you always have to look good. Cold weather is not good with me. So I need to run now. See, I need to use tissue. But all I'm saying is that if you want to come and talk to me, I'm more than willing to talk to the whole news organizations. Cause you know I was one of yours. So I know exactly where you're gonna go now. How you're gonna edit it, how you're gonna cut it, come on. We got to do our jobs!

    Reporter: What about those comments? What about the fact that they are texting those things? That we have that proof? The investigative journalists have shown that.

    SALAZAR: Sure. And I just told you, the story is bigger. It's not just that. It's just what was edited. What this guy said, what the other guy said... put it into context. What happened January 6th needs to be investigated. And we have to, and everyone who had a responsibility needs to pay for it. Of course! But I'm talking, the story is bigger. Not what you guys or your editors - probably it's not even you. It's the people who are running the show. They've got to wake up and do their job. Shame on them! Shame on the news media! Concentrate on what's really happening in this country. Concentrate on everything. But not just the selective on one story. How old are you?

    Reporter: 28

    SALAZAR: Good! You know, do your job. As a news reporter. Do yout job.

    Reporter: What does her age have to do with anything?

    SALAZAR: When you have more files you know life better. And since I did it for 35 - I'm not saying that I'm better than she is, no. All I'm saying is that she's 28, but she's gonna be 38, 48, and 60, and get to where I'm at. And then you realize what you need to do.

    Reporter: But she also has the perspective as a younger person.

    SALAZAR: Of course. And this is the most noble profession on earth. Don't you think I miss it? Sure I miss it. But I know exactly what's happening behind it. And that worries me. It worries me what's happening in the newsrooms of America. Cause I belong to the American School of Journalism. And it was impeccable. It was impartial. We didn't have these commentators. We didn't have these bosses telling us "oh no no no don't do it this way." No! Let's do it the American way. That's why I'm serving. Good to see you all.


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