Bachmann says NBC president should have apologized for rude song
November 27th, 2011
05:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann says NBC president should have apologized for rude song

(CNN) – Michele Bachmann thinks NBC should have gone further in apologizing to her after Jimmy Fallon’s band played a crudely-titled song as she was walking on stage during his late-night television show.

The incident, which happened Monday, prompted an apology letter from Doug Vaughan, NBC's senior vice president for special programs and late night. In an interview with KLIF radio in Dallas on Friday, Bachmann said she thought NBC’s president would have made the apology if she was a liberal.

“Of course I accept the apology, but my guess is it would have been the president of NBC that would have been apologizing, not the senior vice president of programming,” Bachmann said.

Bachmann didn’t say whether or not she wanted the band’s drummer fired.

“That’d be up to NBC,” Bachmann said. “Unemployment is bad enough right now, I don’t want to see anyone else thrown out on the street.”

Since the incident occurred, Bachmann has cited a double standard in the media when it comes to female public figures. She says if a Democratic woman such as first lady Michelle Obama were similarly insulted, the media backlash would be harsher.

“If a Don Imus or someone does something questionable, they’re thrown off the air,” Bachmann said in her interview with KLIF. “But when it’s done to a conservative, it’s just passed off and forgotten.”

She continued, “I’m a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States, but I’m a conservative woman.”


Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Canuck

    Good grief this woman needs to get over herself. She seems unnaturally touchy about the subject, I'm guessing because she knows the song's title describes her quite only too well.

    November 27, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Enough already!

    November 27, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Brian

    The only thing serious about you is that you are a flaming hypocrite

    November 27, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. otermbachmann

    Sorry babe, your just not that important. But keep talking loud and often.

    November 27, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. bcnu_too

    Oh boo hoo hoo. Is this all she can talk about now? It is alright for her to say the most vicious things – what a hypocrite. She is as bad, if not worse, than $arah Palin.

    November 27, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Conrack

    Bachmann said she thought NBC’s president would have made the apology if she was a liberal.

    By what stretch of logic did she come to that conclusion? And if you want to be taken seriously as a "conservative woman", what are you doing on Jimmy Fallon's show? Get over it and get some headlines by knowing something rather than playing the victim.

    November 27, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. Linda

    Oh, what a bunch of hooey! Limbaugh calls Mrs. Obama, Moochelle everyday and says that she is 'uppity'-
    get real Bachmann, can't you take a joke? How you EVER got elected for anything is a mystery and pretty scarey mystery at that!

    November 27, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. BJ

    And she should apologize for encouraging the Tea Party to call members of Congress the N word, the F word and how they even spat on the Dems as they walked back into the House. No apology was deserved for this lady.

    November 27, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. WhereIsPalin

    It was uncalled for. But it wasn't because she's conservative. Bachmann continues to be nothing but a joke.

    November 27, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. Tired of the nonsense

    A person this thin-skinned is wanting to run for president? What in the world is she going to do when someone in a more political or diplomatic position gives her a raspberry (proverbially speaking)? Embarrass the U.S. by pitching a fit and whining for an apology?

    November 27, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. nintex

    Only in her own mind is she a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States.

    November 27, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. ithink122

    (And if NBC's president had apologized)

    "The incident, which happened Monday, prompted an apology letter from NBC's president. In an interview with KLIF radio in Dallas on Friday, Bachmann said she thought God would have made the apology if she was a liberal."

    The truth is, she just wanted to complain. It wouldn't matter what they did, it wouldn't have been good enough. Tea Party conservatives are lost and confused if they have nothing to complain about and their partisan rhetoric suddenly sounds even to their own people, like it already does to the rest of us, childish and whiny.

    November 27, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Remember that this is a woman who can't understand that one person's "experience doesn't count for everything; the HPV story was bogus.

    November 27, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. rs

    You have to love Bachmann- ever the victim (wasn't that Palin's gig?). Sure, she says " I cannot tell the truth, I lie like a rug to make headlines, but that mean comedian made fun of me so his boss must apologize". GIVE ME A BREAK. When she apologizes for pandering birtherism, I'll buy her act.

    November 27, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. westward

    Oh for crying out loud – this dingbat would milk dirt if it kept her name in the headlines for 15 minutes. Presidential material – absolutely NOT. Congressional material – Not that either. Next, please!

    November 27, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. markus

    Honey, you're running for President and the economy is in the toilet. Let this go.

    November 27, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. AZpatriot

    Michelle Bachman is playing victim.

    November 27, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. AlaskaPalin

    Its really doubling down on the insult when one is seen as only deserving an apology from the level of a vice president and not the president. Don imus victims were black ladies and one can hear the liberals screaming about bachmann being racist for in making her point about media bias her sympathies seems to be towards imus rather than being sensitive to the victims of his racial slurs.

    November 27, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Brad

    she has no idea who the band is. Thats the Roots up there. You can't fire the roots. They'll just go make music elsewhere and be paid handsomely. You can't censor everything you don't like. This woman is insane.

    November 27, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Debbie

    Stop Whining!

    November 27, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. A disgusted former Republican

    Why apologize. The song was entirely appropriate and described Michele to a tee.

    November 27, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Vicki

    Whine, whine and more whining from Bachmann. I really do not have one good thing to say about this woman who has said so many terrible things about President Obama that were all lies. She deserves to get some of her mean right back at her.

    November 27, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. steven harnack

    The personal responsibility folks are sure quick to get out the pity pot, aren't they? What I want to hear from her is why everything that she says is proven to be lies? When your renown is for constantly lying, occasionally someone is going to call you a liar.

    November 27, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  24. Red Buttons

    Ahh, poor Michele. The real question, though, is can she see Mars from her living room?

    November 27, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. MaryM

    Bachmann's campaign is done. No one cares what she says or thinks. Bye bye bachmann

    November 27, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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