Pressed Four Times, Bachmann Refuses To Condemn Rush Limbaugh

Alex Seitz-Wald
Think Progress / News Analysis
Published: Tuesday 6 March 2012
“Bachmann apparently doesn’t see fit to defend another woman who has come under gender-based attack in the media.”
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When Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last November and the band played a song called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” she was rightly outraged, saying it showed a clear “bias on the part of the Hollywood elite and sexism as well.” Rep. Nita Lowey, a Democrat from New York, called the incident “insulting and inappropriate” and said, “I do not share Michele Bachmann’s politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect.” After a media firestorm, NBC, Jimmy Fallon, and the band all apologized to Bachmann, as they should have.

But Bachmann apparently doesn’t see fit to defend another woman who has come under gender-based attack in the media, repeatedly today refusing to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke.

Pressed four times on CNN over three minutes, Bachmann deflects four times, pivoting to everything from health care reform to terrorism, unwilling to offer even mild criticism or Limbaugh aside from pointing to his apology.

Ironically, Bachmann attacked CNN and the media for supposedly employing a double standard when it comes to conservative women and sexism. But it is Bachmann who seems to be deploying the double standard here, happy to go after her perceived enemies in the mainstream media at NBC, but resistant to condemn her ally, conservative Limbaugh.

When the Daily Beast asked Bachmann last year if she considers herself feminist, she instead described herself as “pro-woman and pro-man.”



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ABOUT Alex Seitz-Wald

Alex Seitz-Wald is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Alex grew up in California and holds a B.A. in international relations from Brown University. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Alex interned at the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and at the National Journal’s Hotline, where he covered key senate and gubernatorial races. Alex also co-founded and edited the Olive & Arrow, a blog on foreign affairs for and by young progressives. At Brown, he contributed to several publications and served on student government.

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21 comments on "Pressed Four Times, Bachmann Refuses To Condemn Rush Limbaugh"

Julie C Z

March 11, 2012 2:03pm

Minnesota conservative state legislators are launching an effort to put Rush's statue in their state house. I'm not making this up. Go here to sign a petition in response:http://clairemccaskill.com/rushfixed

Mac 1948

March 07, 2012 9:36am

Democracy isn't easy. As long as there are so many low information voters and reality challenged citizens Bachman and Limbaugh will have a ready constituency. People need to invest the time to become informed or these hypocrites win.

BozoAdult

March 07, 2012 4:25am

She isn't lying. She is deeply ignorant. Well, she might be lying too.

J bryan

March 06, 2012 6:50pm

I find this woman, Michele Bachmann, a declaration of the unthinkable ignorance that a large group of people (right wing) share. I almost feel sorry for all cognitive deficient people who are in lock-step with her from the past to present. This woman has brought a great amount of entertainment to me over the years, but knowing this, she is actually a real person who brings me a great deal of concern considering she continues to get re-elected by a large group of near brain dead constituents.

TurboKitty

March 06, 2012 6:34pm

You can't have it both ways sweetie ... actions speak louder than words ... your actions say you want to be in the House, your words, or lack thereof say you don't ... so which is it? Pull the fence post out of your butt and make a choice!

Richard Cottingham

March 06, 2012 6:27pm

What is the difference between Rush Limbaugh and a Zeppelin?One is a big Nazi Gasbag.The other is a passenger carrying balloon..

Jeffrey Hill

March 06, 2012 2:35pm

Michele Bachmann calls herself a "Christian". (She's a typical right-wing authoritarian/NeoNazi).

Maybe she thinks that what Rush Limbaugh does is exactly what Jesus Christ would do.

Mr Fit

March 06, 2012 4:26pm

Authoritarian Neo Nazi is precisely what she is. I feel sorry for her husband...the first lady of her family.

Riconui

March 06, 2012 2:29pm

Apparently, rush has not fallen far enough for a little spud like Ms. bachmann to feel she can insult the king maker of her party. Does this mean she is plotting her next run for president?

Perhaps it means that she neither understands the issue or thinks it's anything other than another predictable attack by the left, done in the usual Stalinist/Marxist style that is the hallmark of everything that the left does in this country, guided, as they are, by a soul-less avarice and lust for power that respect no one's rights and certainly not the Constitution, that is predicated on lies and deceit and an intrinsic authoritarianism. (The preceding is more or less exactly the defense I was entreated to this morning on NPR, by yet another right wing marionette mouthing republican talking points, repeated almost word for word, four or five times over the course of an hour. It could have easily come out of limbaugh's mouth and certainly has). I know Ms. bachmann claims to be Christian, but I think her real religion is serving her party and it's 1% constituency. Oh, and of course her religion's bottom line, which is the bottom line.

tgs10

March 06, 2012 2:25pm

Limbaugh called women who use birth control sluts and prostitutes. Anyone who defends him is sick.

Ed Bradford

March 06, 2012 4:19pm

Your statement is not true and you either know it or know not of what you speak.
He did label Ms. Fluke, as Bill Maher has done, as Ed Schultz has done and as Nancy Pelosi has done. Is it OK when someone from the left does that?

tgs10

March 06, 2012 2:24pm

It's not being misogynous to call a woman stupid, ignorant and a lier if she's stupid, ignorant and a lier.

grannm

March 06, 2012 1:57pm

She IS a lyin'-ass bitch!

Robert W. Boyle

March 06, 2012 1:39pm

Perhaps Michelle and Rush will provide us with the videos he was asking for?

Powerback2012

March 06, 2012 1:09pm

How does this fat Anti American pig vomit stay on the air?

CaptVic

March 06, 2012 12:59pm

In the first part after she says that RL apologized. She then says that this is an example of somebody not getting medicine under Obamacare - (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)). I thought it was because the church affiliated businesses want to have the option to provide or not provide certain medicine.

It scares me that some of these politicians will not listen to what is being asked and use their time in front of the camera to just repeat their incorrect talking
points. And it scares me that people believe them.

Maybe Jimmy Fallon got it right.

weneedrevolution

March 06, 2012 12:52pm

cold dead fish eyes.. absolutely no spark between the ears

Mike Villano

March 06, 2012 12:47pm

To quote Cenk Uyger's great catchphrase:

"OF COURSE!"

Rentzell

March 06, 2012 12:32pm

According to her take on the bible, men lead & women follow. Therefore Rush is a leader in her camp & is to be admired & protected… besides the fact that she is an absolute ditz.

george r

March 06, 2012 12:28pm

To condemn Rush would be the end of her big government career.

Jamie Clemons

March 06, 2012 11:52am

They can't condemn Rush because they can not think for themselves. Rush does all the thinking for them.