NBC apologizes to Bachmann over song
November 24th, 2011
10:03 AM ET
6 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.


Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. DOG1

    It's not like she would have even known there was an issue unless someone smarter than her (pretty much anybody) explained it to her!

    November 24, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. woody

    It's all about appropriateness.

    Congressman Joe Wilson wasn't "wrong" in correctly calling out Obama as a Liar either, BUT, it was inapropriate to do it during a "State of the Nation" address before a full house of Congress and the World.

    November 24, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Karl Jonas

    Ah, yes. Thanks to all the posters who would rather defend the crass politics displayed by the Roots Band versus a person who, whether you like her or not, deserved respect.
    Dear Bill,
    I'm gay. When Bachmann stops hating and trashing me then I'll show her some respect. Why doesn't she apologize for that?

    November 24, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Nan

    So ..let me get this straight...It's actually Michelle Obama's fault...The band is low life but it certainly has nothing to do with Mrs. Obama...( who was booed at Nascar..Ms. Bachman?)

    November 24, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. SCAtheist

    I don't get the controversy. She lies constantly.

    November 24, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    Ya know, Michelle, if you can't stand the heat...

    November 24, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    i don't like it. Since when does a network have to apologize for the truth? If NBC has to apologize for "letting the cat out of the bag" in announcing Bachman's character, why doesn't Fox have to apologize for their lies?

    November 24, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. g.rose

    Why apologize for the truth?

    November 24, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. stevetall

    The truth always hurts, Michelle. I guess they couldn't find a song called, "Hateful, intolerant, truth-stretching, bewildered presidential candidate". Now, back to rock you slithered out from under!

    November 24, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Marry

    Video Guy, NH Grandma, Shannon, roscoe, us1776, Sorensen, chuckly…
    Thanks for all your comments! I am all for civilized and courteous behavior towards ANYBODY! However, Ms. Bachmann is just too much of an “undesirable” person! In all that SHE does to people – the ones who she lies too and the many she lies about with no remorse and no class of her own – besides being an terrible member of congress – yes, the same that sits at about 90% disapproval rating – it is very hard to resist not to “say” to her face what is a FACT about her! From that point of view, they were still kind to her as most are toward the other GOP/TP candidates that lie the blue out of the sky!

    November 24, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Larry L

    @Fair is Fair

    "So nice to see all the comments from the "tolerant" liberals. When Obama gets his walking papers in '12, they won't be plaing "Lyin A-s B–ch"... they'll be plaing "Karma's A B–ch"."
    Your comment is an example of a real problem faced by Democrats in each election. The core values of the modern conservative tends to forgive bad behavior if the result causes harm to the opposition. The "swift boat" was an example of this when the right-wing went after John Kerry. Recently, Mitt Romney's use of a quote – from John McCain but only repeated by President Obama. Romney knowingly used the quote as if the President said it himself. He knew it was dishonest – but that's okay when you're a Republican. Simple proof of this situation is seen whenever Newt Gingrich takes the stage as a candidate. His filthy personal record and history as a crooked politician and lobbist seems okay with a good number of conservatives. Honor isn't important. A quick look at the fact check sites from each debate shows Michelle Bachman as virtually incapable of telling the truth. Yet she still stands on the stage and will get votes.

    Democrats might find that the dishonest behavior of the Republicans is tempting during an election, but then you'd be like them... Winning isn't worth giving away your character.

    November 24, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. The Unsub

    She IS a liar! She has misstated facts and figures so much that she has lost all credibility! Her constant verbal jabs at President Obama are tired and continue to fall on deaf ears. She is finished!

    November 24, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. LatenightTVSucks

    It is bad enough that these so called comedians get involved partisan politics but they ARE NOT FUNNY.

    November 24, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. stevetall

    Why is it that Republicans always think they get a raw deal from the "main-stream media"? I know FOX isn't "main-stream" because they simply make things up, lie, distort, etc. whenever possible. I have news for you: It's not the "main-stream media" that thinks the weirdo conservatives are strange, it's the MAIN-STREAM AMERICANS.

    November 24, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    Why are so many people on this post referring to SNL? Read the story, folks. This didn't happen on SNL. It happened on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NOT SNL. Maybe you folks should actually read the article before expressing your ire...or support.

    November 24, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. JW B

    "Of course I was being humorous when I said that. It would be absurd to think it was anything else," Bachmann said on Monday on a campaign stop in Miami.

    "I am a person who loves humor, I have a great sense of humor," she said.

    Apparently not....

    November 24, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    the right wing has been treating president obama like dirt ever since he was elected president. The obama food stamps, the photo shopped pictures of him as a primitive african tribesman, calling him a muslim, calling him anti american, calling him a liar in the middle of the state of the union, the list goes on and on.

    This is what happens when u lower the level of discourse, it comes back around to your side. Treat people with respect if you want to be treated with respect.

    You reap what you sow.

    November 24, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. John

    Michele Bachmann never Apologize for all the thing she has call the President and he deserve more respect than she does. And what they was playing Is the truth about her any way. I think NBC was wrong to Apologize to her.

    November 24, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. David

    Our politicians lie and are CORRUPT, and we spend time on THIS? Seriously. Maybe NBC and all the other networks should apologize for their news organizations not doing the job of a free press and allowing these idiot politicians spew lies and nonsense without calling them out on it EVERY TIME IT HAPPENS. Last time I checked, Jimmy Fallon is an entertainer, not a news guy. If Ms. Bachmann is this thin-skinned, she shouldn't even be in the race.

    November 24, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. eastrun

    It looks like that foot was a perfect fit for that slipper.....

    November 24, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    1nd3p3nd3nt – Excellently stated. Thank you for pointing it out the facts and the truth. On this Thanksgiving day, I am thankful for 1nd3p3nd3nt.

    November 24, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Midwestern

    Steveshort........can you say MSNBC ?

    November 24, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. fred ca

    Who can I apologize to? I don't like big butts, I don't like people who lie about their upbringing (living in a 'lower middle class' family...income $70,000...30 years ago)...and people who feel 'left out' because peers refuse to kiss their...

    November 24, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Latch

    It's funny watching Republicans play victim when their policies victimize so many others.

    November 24, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. paul

    Now, will the "conservative" talk show (radio and t.v.) please apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Obama for all the racists and mean-spirited, lies, etc. etc that they babble on about every day. Rush, you first.

    November 24, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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