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Biased LA Times Story Misses Point

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BIASED LA TIMES STORY MISSES POINT

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Mr. SMITH of Texas. Madam speaker, I have more bad news for Americans ..... yet another example of biased reporting.

This one comes from the Los Angeles Times.

The paper ran a story about a company that fired 200 workers after an IRS audit found ``hundreds of `invalid or fraudulent' Social Security numbers.''

An unbiased story would have focused on how devastating ID theft is to families. It might have discussed the range of problems they face--faulty arrest records and tax liabilities among them.

The article also might have mentioned that those 200 jobs are now open for jobless U.S. citizens and legal immigrants. And that typically after an action like this, wages for American workers are higher.

But the Times story did neither of these things.

Instead, the story followed the talking points set forth by amnesty advocates and the Times' own editorial board.

Readers deserve better. They deserve a balanced view.

And that Los Angeles company--it should be praised for its actions to comply with the law instead of ignoring it.

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