NBC apologizes to Bachmann over song
November 24th, 2011
10:03 AM ET
2 years ago

NBC apologizes to Bachmann over song

Washington (CNN) - NBC has apologized to Rep. Michele Bachmann after the house band for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" played an inappropriate song during her appearance on the show Monday, CNN confirmed Thursday.

Bachmann received a letter Wednesday from Doug Vaughan, NBC's senior vice president for special programs and late night, that apologized for what happened, said Alice Stewart, the Republican presidential hopeful's spokeswoman.

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  1. DV

    The right wing is the best at pulling out the fainting couches and reaching for the smelling salts.

    November 24, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Dieter Zerressen

    FauxNews, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, O'Reilly NEVER, EVER apologize or even admit mistakes, lies, deceptions and insults but the first little thing from anyone else and the right DEMANDS an apology AND the apology comes along. WHY? Just like Weiner resigning when Vitter is still serving? WHY? The Dems and "liberal" media need to show some cajones and say, "When so and so does, we'll apologize, and not before".

    November 24, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Oh Bo hoo, if that's the case then fix news needs to start opologizing now for all the crap it says about others. That will take a long time.

    November 24, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Bleeding Heart Liberal

    @DragonLover – I can only hope this story is done with by Sunday, because it's not worthy of a week's worth of news reporting. It was a stupid stunt pulled by a band, the show's producers should respond by disciplining the band (as Fallon's tweet suggested he would), and now that it has been reported, the media should move on to other news because once the story is reported and the apology is given, the story becomes old and the media should stop beating a dead horse, as my mother would say.

    November 24, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. patriot

    I have little sympathy for her given her arrogance. If you are going to play in the big leagues, and make out that everything that is contrary to your beliefs is bad or bereft of value, well, you get what you deserve.

    November 24, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Robert

    It was an absolutely inappropriate choice of music. They should have played Crazy Train instead.

    November 24, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. samiam

    Shannon, can you quote one "hate filled racist" thing that she said about the minorities? She may not be the most astute politician, but she didn't deserve such an inappropriate treatment.

    November 24, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Bleeding Heart Liberal

    Mike is doing the same thing that he is accusing others of ... yes, this was unacceptable and unprofessional, and we do need to learn respect for people with views different from our own because lack of respect is what is causing our country to go downhill. But the comments about "if it happened to a Dem..." is exactly the kind of partisan generalization that is screwing up our country.

    November 24, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. frank

    I hate to agree with Bachmann , but the song selection was inappropriate. It was wrong to deliberately offend a guest and wrong to show such a lack of respect for a presidential candidate.

    November 24, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Ralph

    Has NASCAR apologized to Mrs. Obama & Mrs. Biden for the booing?? Also, I've never heard Limbaugh or Beck or Hannity or O'Reilly or Bachmann or Palin apologize to Pres. & Mrs. Obama for the names they have called them from his first day in office. And, they saw nothing wrong with the NASCAR booing.

    November 24, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Faulkner

    It's amazing that folks can't seperate what is appropriate and what is not. Seems a lot of you posting don't appreciate common courtesy and can't seperate it from your politics.

    November 24, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Jim in Florida

    I don't support Bachman, but it isn't6 because she is Christian, her values, etc. I do not agree with all her policies and how she would govern. I consider myself Conservative, I am Republican, but have a decision to make – it's Romney or Newt, and I tend towards the more moderate Romney.

    As for the NBC episode, why should anyone be surprised, if you are Conservative, you aren't treated well by the so called "mainstream" media (its more tabloid actually) ....but if you are Conservative and a woman (Palin, Bachman), Conservative and Black (Cain) or Conservative and Hispanic (Rubio) NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, even CNN, will go out of their way to denigrate and treat with disrespect. It's part of the corporate culture and political culture at these networks.

    The difference is the networks involved do not have the moral courage of their convictions to admit their bias.

    So, who xactly is the liar?

    November 24, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. chuckly

    SO, when is Fox going to apologize for all the crap all their people spew against liberals?

    Crickets!!!!!

    November 24, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Scott A

    For a person like Bachmann who has made it her career to hurt people with lies, I don't see how the song is inappropriate.

    November 24, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. iareblogging

    It's the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, not a serious news program. It's a comedy show, they shouldn't apologize for being funny on a show that is supposed to be funny.

    November 24, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Seems to me that the song was entirely appropriate, since it describes her perfectly.

    November 24, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Zebulon Pi

    I love how she compares herself to Michelle Obama, like she's on the same level as the First Lady.

    You're running for President, you're not President yet, nor hopefully ever. Get over yourself.

    November 24, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Tim

    The entire band should be fired! It has nothing to do with conservatives or liberals but simple human respect. No one running for the president of the United States of America should be treated with such blatant disrespect.

    November 24, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Jeff

    CNN's story is wrong. The band did not sing the lyrics.

    November 24, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. SixDegrees

    For once, I have to agree with Bachmann. This was low class, insulting, unprofessional and uncalled for.

    If Thompson had played Ice Cube's "Black Korea" as our President strode onto the stage, he would have been fired within minutes.

    November 24, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. kayaker247

    it's a happy thanksgiving after all. thank you Jimmy Fallon and the Roots. lol.

    November 24, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. rob

    If the guest was Michele Obama, Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat protected class person and the band played something as inappropriate as this, its fair to say, that not only would the drummer be fired but the whole show might be completely off the air the very next day. The howls from the liberals would be deafening.

    November 24, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. jj

    The Roots drummer needs to keep his dumb politics to himself.

    If he wants to support OB & send money to him that's his right.

    It's MY right to no longer watch this DUMB show.

    November 24, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Bleeding Heart Liberal

    @Jeff – read the story again, it doesn't actually say that they sang the lyrics.

    November 24, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Robert

    Whomever Bachman is, either party, like her, hate her, decorum has gone down the toilet in this country. Questlove is a low rent punk.

    In a Democracy (or Republic) the point is, people have different points of view. You should give them a chance to make their case then vote or not vote for them. If you feel strongly against them and want to walk around neighborhoods, knock on doors and share your views, feel free. But this kind of stunt brings the whole machine down. What a jerk.

    November 24, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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