Bachmann's camera blunder?
January 26th, 2011
10:42 AM ET
4 years ago

Bachmann's camera blunder?

Washington (CNN) - Was Rep. Michele Bachmann looking at the wrong camera during her Tea Party-sponsored rebuttal to President Obama Tuesday night?

Not exactly.

While it may have appeared that way to viewers watching on CNN, Bachmann was actually addressing the camera of the Tea Party Express, the group that had invited the congresswoman to deliver a response to the State of the Union. The feed from that camera was used to stream her remarks live on the organization's web site.

Still it's likely many more saw Bachmann's remarks on CNN, where it appeared the three-term Minnesota Republican was looking slightly off screen. The camera CNN took to air was actually supplied by Fox, who shot the event on behalf of all the news networks as part of the rotating network pool coverage. Fox ran Bachmann's speech at a later point Tuesday night on tape delay.

Bachmann's delivery was subsequently mocked by a number of left leaning commentators and no less than David Axelrod, a top adviser to President Barack Obama, who afterwards in an interview with MSNBC said, "Am I looking at the right camera?"

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  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    "Fox ran Bachmann's speech at a later point Tuesday night on tape delay" was that so they could edit it to sound reasonable to the people who actually believe what she has to say? Or is Fox finally getting it, too, that this twit represents nothing but her own tunnel-vision view of America, where everything is white-bread, evangelical-Lutheran, ultra-conservative, Anglo-Saxon, so why give her live air-time like CNN did?

    January 26, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. vic

    She is such an idiot...I am sure her state is so proud of her. She is a joke and everyone makes fun of her statements.

    January 26, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Old Man River

    Her budget cut proposals have been described as "wacko". How do we let people who have no clear vision of reality into positions of power like this? The trend I see is that the Tea Party is dividing the Republican party in half. Witness the almost even split in Alaska between Joe Miller, the Tea Party candidate, and Lisa Murkowski, the Republican who ran as a write-in candidate after losing the primary to Miller. The Republican Party had an easy entry into taking the Senate as well as the House until the far right leaning Tea Party came on the scene. If the Tea Party remains, will the GOP become a moderate party while the extreme right defects? We'll know in two years time.

    January 26, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Pretzel Logic

    This woman defines "blunder". Hey what about the Founding Fathers ending slavery?

    January 26, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Joey

    Michele Bachmann – please disappear! Pooof! You are still there.....to bad!

    January 26, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. jake

    Ignorant pug she is. ugly too.

    January 26, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Russ

    Was anyone really listiening to what this wacko had to say? No, I mean really listening. Hahahahahahhahahaha!!!!!

    January 26, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Judas

    Considering that Frau Bachmann is such a veritable font of misinformation and homespun insanity, I think they’re really reaching here in critiquing exactly which camera / audience she was supposed to be addressing. They really don’t have to work that hard.

    January 26, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. charlou

    She may have been look at anoher camera,but you could plainly tell by following her eyes she was reading

    January 26, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. jefflz

    Bachmann is an ill-inform­ed rabble-rou­ser and as such is perfectly suited like Palin to be a Tea Party spokespers­on. The movement is based on channeling anger using half-truth­s and outright lies to achieve the political ends of their financial backers, the Koch brothers and the Murdochs of this world. People attracted by Bachmann (read Beck, Palin, Limbaugh) are uneducated and seeking a way to express their frustratio­ns, some as a result of economic hopelessne­ss, others simply because we have a black president.

    These people are not going away as long as fewer get a decent education and the economic divide in this country continues to grow. These are exactly the same types who were attracted to national socialism and they represent a danger to this country.

    January 26, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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