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Rep. Lamar Smith wants Newsweek to do less reporting

If you want a glance at how slim the "media bias" pickings have become for conservatives in the age of Fox News, check out the attack launched by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and the Media Fairness Caucus against Newsweek's cover story about under-the-radar economic booms.

"Apparently," said Smith, "Newsweek hasn’t heard that the unemployment rate remains close to 10 percent, with 16 million Americans unemployed; that personal income for Americans has fallen over 3 percent since President Obama took office; and that the president’s budget doubles the national debt in five years and triples it in 10 years."

Except, well, the second graf of that story by Daniel Gross includes this fact on unemployment:

The broad measure that tallies frustrated part-timers and those who have given up remains at 16.9 percent.

Later in the story:

To recoup the 8.2 million jobs lost since December 2007, it'll take four years of growth at 170,000 jobs per month.

There's analysis that a conservative could challenge in this story, but Smith's beef is really with the magazine putting out a cover that clashes with Republican arguments about the economy. If anything, the hard sell by Newsweek indicates just how dominant Smith's take is in the rest of the media.

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By David Weigel  |  April 21, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  Media  | Tags: Barack Obama, Conservatism, Daniel Gross, Fox News Channel, Media bias, Newsweek, Unemployment, United States  
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