Bachmann's camera blunder?
January 26th, 2011
10:42 AM ET
3 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?"

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Tanja

    Is she in hiding? Witness protection??? Why all the make-up???

    January 26, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. FM

    Whatever the explanation, this woman is full of mischiefs!

    January 26, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. T37

    Some simple explanations: (1) Michelle went for cheap and did not have a 21st century TelePrompter. Her cheat sheet was way off to her right...OR (2) Michelle really does not have that much experience speaking without live audience directly to a TV camera. Persons without this skill often, mistakenly, look away from the camera in the direction of the "real" people in the studio. EIther way, we have additional clues to Rep. Bachmann's atyle: she shoots from the hip, without real preparation. Just another Sarah clone. I really can't decide which of the two is more disgusting.

    January 26, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. kincas

    She is looking at the right camera.... HAHHAHA

    January 26, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. AEK

    She's an idiot, who cares?

    January 26, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Bachmann's delivery was subsequently mocked by a number of left leaning commentators"

    It was rather disconcerting ... I thought her teleprompter had been misplaced. Having said that, great to see that CNN is willing to jump on the bandwagon and use this bit of nonsense to get beyond what was a truly factless, brainless, baseless monologue from Bachmann. Better to talk camera angle than substance ... especially now that Bachmann has usurped Palin as the media's newest darling.

    January 26, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Bill

    So if this was supposed to be a Tea Party speech, why the heck was Fox covering it? It sounds like this was supposed to be exclusively an opportunity for Tea Partiers to get online and stream the video. How did she manage to get national coverage for this? Sounds like Fox decided to do her a favor. I wonder why? Could be because Fox is a political machine with no news-worthy aspirations.

    January 26, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I guess she doesn't know how to use a "flow chart" either, reminded me of the Ross Pierot antique chart days without technology.

    January 26, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. doug

    Bachmann LibLib Over-froth. I love how the libs hate everyone who is honest and a good person.

    January 26, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. John

    what a moron. her message is as dopey as it gets. more delusional than palin, who thought it possible?

    January 26, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. ABM

    She should NOT have been speaking anyway. Talk about media hog. She has no clue about the history of this country yet she rides the Constitution like it is the gospel – IT'S A FRAMEWORK. Her comments were complete gibberish and made not sense. It was just a rant to appeal to the ANTI-Obama people out there. If she was a representative of the "TEA" party she would be in Illinois protesting the tax increases.

    She creates her own fiction and is not helping the citizens of this country.

    January 26, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Dave

    Good Lord... This woman is dumber than dirt...

    January 26, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Larry

    Politifact.com has checked 13 statements by Bachmann and all have been rated False or Pants On Fire. Why doesn't it bother people on the far right when someone makes statements that are demonstrably false? Better yet, why would they ask her to speak for them?

    January 26, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Oy Vey Az

    While your are watching her eyes she's sliping her hand into your pockets ... Oh my

    January 26, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. kala

    She's an idiot. i don't know who she paid to stay in office. She is clearly dilusioal. Her and Sarah Palin must be related

    January 26, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. stevegee

    The left can't defend their failed policies, so they resort to insults - how pitiful. Thank God for our election victories nationwide on November 2nd, and the new Republican House.

    January 26, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Whatever

    Didn't watch... no need to watch crazy talk!!!!

    January 26, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. steve

    She was looking skyward, towards her planet !

    Crazy eyes!

    January 26, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    She cannot read the teleprompter if she looks away.

    January 26, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Rickster

    Michelle Bachmann, the former tax attorney and business owner is one of the few politicians in the entire country who has the guts to tell the truth. Typically uninformed democrats will trash her because they can't stand to see a successful female politician. Wake up, people! Stop believing what the media tells you. Obama and the democrats are driving this country straight towards the cliff.

    January 26, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Chispter

    It did look odd but it's pretty insignificant. What she said, however, was even more odd. These late-to-the-party deficit hawks were all "Gung Ho!" when Bush/Cheney were cutting taxes while spending like kids in a toy store. They forget that it was BUSH who signed those financial & auto industry bailouts that they like to blame on Obama. They also didn't have any useful recommendations of their own for getting out of the mess the nation was in at the time: losing 500,000 jobs/month, doubled deficit between 2001-2008, 2 costly wars, and a near collapse of the economy. Check reality next time, Michele.

    January 26, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. once upon a horse

    the woman is not very bright and look at who she represents so is this blunder surprising? Remember she's the one that was telling people in her district not to fill out the census forms. DUH!

    January 26, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. CANERY

    hahahah, Axelrod fool. the joke was on you. She cares less about hate filled CNN broadcasting who speech. She was looking at a camera for the Tea Party website. SO STICK IT LIBS. LOOK FOOLISH NOW??

    January 26, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. john

    What an idiot. Michelle voted for the 10 trillion dollars of debt from 2001 to 2008. She didn't mention that. She and the republican made a huge mess and now they demand that it be cleaned up immediately. And they refused to regulate the deriviatives markets which allowed investment banks to create the mortage bonds that collapsed the economy. Which is all too complicated for Michelle Bachmann. Minnesota is this really the best you can elect?

    January 26, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Oy Vey Az

    Is Bachmann the new Palin? Seems like CNN is all of a suddenly lavishing tons to column space on her since Sarah shot herself in the foot.

    January 26, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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