September 14, 2011

Bachmann Brief: The New Hypocrite-in-Chief


This has been gnawing at me for the last couple days, because I really think the media is asleep at the wheel. It is their responsibility to report the news, and that includes challenging Presidential candidates with probing and serious questions. Time after time the interviewer just lobs a softball at them. Recently I’ve seen CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon challenge candidates with tough questions, and put them on the spot, and we need more of that.

A perfect case in point is Michele “Bozo” Bachmann’s (R-MN) appearance on the Today show yesterday. Matt Lauer asked her about her HPV comments, and she responded with her stock rehearsed answer, and they moved on. I think Matt Lauer's a good journalist, and I can't figure out why he dropped the ball here. Is it because she's a woman?

When Bozo accused Texas Governor Perry of “crony capitalism” because he accepted campaign contributions from Merck, and he replied that he was "offended" by the charge, her snarky retort was that she was "offended" for the little girls in Texas that were forced to have the vaccine.

For the record, Governor Perry’s Executive Order mandating the vaccine was overturned by the Texas state legislature. The issue that "offends" me is that Bozo tries to come off in these debates as a concerned mother, who wants government out of the healthcare business, and doesn't think that government should mandate vaccines.

Ask this same candidate what she thinks about women’s reproductive rights, and you will get a completely different answer. She’s happy to support any law mandating that government can regulate a woman's body and her reproductive organs, so how can she be "offended" for little girls receiving the HPV vaccine? That's the question reporters aren't asking.

I’m sorry Bozo, you can’t have it both ways. The only office that Bozo Bachmann is qualified for is Hypocrite-in-Chief. And right now I think I’m the only one who recognizes this.

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