Update: Media Trackers has written about Smith, but it hasn't subjected him to the kind of scrutiny others have received.
“They pretend to be nonpartisan or fair and balanced, but they clearly are a hit squad against Democrats,” he said. “If you’re going to be a conservative or right-leaning group, say it. But don’t say, ‘Hey we’re nonpartisan.”
“It seems Media Trackers tries to hide it,” Smith said.
He said he thinks the political discourse on the Internet, including Media Trackers, often doesn’t involve quality information.
“[On] blogs, Twitter and the Internet everyone’s a quote unquote reporter nowadays, and they put things out there without actually checking sources and doing the things that institutional reproters do. They’re not held to the same standard and don’t hold themselves to the same standard as instituinoal reports do.
“I think that’s pretty bad because sometimes people look at them the same as an institutional reporter but they’re clearly not. They more give opinion in the form of reporting,” Smith said.
He said it’s the nature of politics and online journalism in 2013.
“Every word that you say now, every gesture that you make, there is some person with a camera phone or a video phone who is going to do their interpretation and spin it as news,” he said.
Smith said during a hearing this past spring he said the Constitution is “an imperfect document.”
“A lot of right-leaning groups just ran with that story as me trashing the Constitution. Whereas my followup was if it was perfect, we wouldn’t need all those amendments. That was the point I was making but you had would be reporters and groups running around and saying I think the Constitution is awful.”