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Journalists unfair to Democrats, says Harry Reid

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks Democrats are treated unfairly by the traditional media as the government shutdown fight continues.

“You and other journalists have a real shortcoming in that you are trying so hard to be fair that you are unfair,” Reid said in an interview published Monday in Politico.

“Democrats have had almost nothing to do with the problems here. It’s all Republicans,” Reid said.

The Nevada Democrat also confirmed that he would be running for re-election in 2016.

Reid's comments echoed some of President Obama's frustrations with the media's coverage of the issue.

"[S]ometimes when this gets reported on, everybody kind of thinks, 'Well, you know, both sides are just squabbling; Democrats and Republicans, they're always arguing, so neither side is behaving properly,'" Obama said during his Oct. 3 speech in Maryland.

The president then blamed Republicans for making what he described as unrealistic demands attached to the federal budget.

Conservative media watchdog Media Research Center reported that in 39 stories during the two weeks leading up to the shutdown, CBS, ABC and NBC blamed Republicans 21 times for the failure to reach an agreement on a budget, both parties four times, and Democrats zero times. In 14 stories, nobody was to blame.

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