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Grassley knocks press for 'bias' in Kavanaugh reporting

Grassley knocks press for 'bias' in Kavanaugh reporting
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GOP Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck Grassley 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision On The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections MORE (Iowa) knocked reporters on Thursday by saying media showed bias in covering Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

"Now I would never use the word 'fake news.' I consider you folks the policemen for our Democratic system of government. But I want to show you where some of you have bias," Grassley told reporters.

Grassley noted that he had protestors in his office over the past few weeks from both sides of the Supreme Court fight but reporters had only wanted to interview anti-Kavanaugh protestors.

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"I've had demonstrators in my office for two weeks now ... and one time the people that were for Kavanaugh wanted to be interviewed and they said we're only interested in interviewing people against Kavanaugh," Grassley told reporters.

Grassley added that "that's a bias that none of you should be proud of."

The comments came as Senate Republicans held a press conference to tout Kavanaugh's nomination and blast Democrats, who they believe used the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh to create a "circus."

Republicans don't need help from Democrats if they can keep most of their caucus united. They hold a 51-seat majority, meaning they can lose one GOP senator before they need help from Democrats.