Bachmann says NBC president should have apologized for rude song
November 27th, 2011
05:44 PM ET
11 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. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Good Lord, woman ... move on! If this is all you have to talk about at this point in your campaign, you've got some screwed up priorities. You need to be focused on and talking about what you're going to do for Americans ... not what a bunch of musicians did to you.

    November 27, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Dave

    the incident was rude but
    she is neither the first lady nor "a serious candidate"

    November 27, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Unimpressed

    Give it a rest, Bachman

    November 27, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. cigarman

    This imbecile didnt even know what the words in the song were, until some of her handlers told her, but why should anyone apoligize for stating the truth?

    November 27, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. mamaw

    If she wants to play with the big boys and run for president she's going to have to develop a thicker skin.

    November 27, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Robars2011

    The song was spot on, no need to apologize. This woman is a phony and a joke...

    November 27, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. James Kruk

    Milking that for all it's worth, aren't you

    November 27, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. RushL

    Keep playing the victim Michelle...very Presidential...

    November 27, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. labman57

    If Bachmann is disappointed in the apology, just wait until she sees her latest poll numbers.

    November 27, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. John

    Michelle, on behalf of the American public, let me be the first to apologize for the house band playing Lying' Bitch as we all know you speak the truth ( HPV Vaccine causing retardation, trip for the President and his staff costing billions and death panels) and never outright lie to the American people to score points with your right wing nut jobs.

    November 27, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. nina

    I'm no fan of Bachmann, but as a woman I'm proud of her for standing up for herself on this. Why that band or the producers of the show thought that song was OK is beyond me. The song was just flat out ignorant and rude. And I think more people should be outraged that the only woman running for President this year is singled out with a song calling her the b-word.

    November 27, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. dayhiker48

    You're only a serious candidate in your on mind. No one else gives you the time of day. And Michelle Obama is not a Lying Ass Btch!

    November 27, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Allen

    I'm surprised, every time she opens her mouth she says something crude and untrue about the current President. Now that NBC has apologized, will Ms. Bachmann apologize for the lies and crude things she has said about and to President Obama? If not, then she is a hypocite of the worst kind. As a retired soldier, I am ashamed. All politics aside, it is a stain on our National honor to think someone like Bachmann could even be considered by anyone, left or right, as a candidate for such high office.

    November 27, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. NH Grandma

    Get over it you cry baby. She and Palin are quick to dish it out on everyone else, but sure can't stand the heat when it comes their way. Bachman is herself extremely rude, so no empathy here.

    November 27, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. jimmy terwiliger

    She isn't a serious candidate for president. I think the song shows what is true. If you ever listen to her she lies alot.And she is also in Congress, proof of being a liar.

    November 27, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    “I’m a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States."

    Have you seen your poll numbers over the last FOUR months?

    Please define "serious."

    November 27, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Sadie Boyd

    I I think the drummer should get a raise.

    November 27, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Name king

    How hell nasty, I know this lying woman didn't say folks should get thrown off the air for what they say and do. If this the case there shouldn't be any one left working on fox news. These people cross the line every time they open their mouth. I remembered last year with the tea batters while I was over seas. I wad asked on numerous occasions why the fox news channel allow their pundits such as glen Beck and hannity to say such garbage about your sitting president. I told them that America had free speach and it didn't matter how vile and untruth those folks get its still their right. I guest baukman didn't believe in our constutional rights of free speach and expression but she sure like to dish it out. If she's so concerned what people say about her, just simply stop lying.

    November 27, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. chromigula

    Next she'll be asking Fishbone to apologize for writing the song in the first place.

    November 27, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. encore

    I think the song was the right choice for a woman like backman. She is a lying witch. And she is a nautral born thug.

    November 27, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Fed Up

    LET IT GO, ALREADY. Bachmann's pathetically trying to keep her name in the news.

    November 27, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. AgrippaMT

    There was no need for NBC or Jimmy Fallon to appologize to Bachmann. The song's title describes her perfectly.

    November 27, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. Su

    NBC's senior vice president for special programs and late night's apology isn't good enough? This lady is sooooo full of herself.

    November 27, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Gemini Girl

    "Lady," follow the example of the Yukon Barbie and just go away!! Stop milking this stupid story, and besides that song SUITED YOU!!

    November 27, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. John in Michigan

    Anyone want to wager how long Bachman will bang this drum? Move on Michele.

    November 27, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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