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. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Bachman deserves an apology, but this field of extremists feel that no one has the right to question their positions or criticize them in any way. Like most of the current neo-cons who have conquered the republican party, they are smarter, wealthier and a cut above the average American citizen.

    November 27, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. bob t

    The funniest statement in this article is "She continued, “I’m a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States"; Rep. Bachmann, you are a ledgend in your own mind!!!!!!!!!!

    November 27, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. TEW

    There was nothing wrong with the song as it accurately depicted alll the falsehoods this woman has spewed for the last 36 months. She did not apologize for all the falsehoods she spread ranging from death panels associated with the affordable care act to the HPV innoculatons she claims caused birth defects which was also false. When will the media hold her to the same accountable standards she wants others held to. NBC should never have agreed to apologize. The NBC Prez should tell this women to go pack sand.

    November 27, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Real Patriot

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

    November 27, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Sam

    You know, watching the whole thing, she didn't even get the joke. She would still be in the dark, if this didn't get all the media scrutiny, because she was clueless as to what happen.

    November 27, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Mark1

    When is this moron's 15 minutes over?

    November 27, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. PaulinMN

    Bachmann should apologize for her lies and obfuscation. The title of the song fit her campaign's tone very well. What is wrong with this lady?

    November 27, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. John

    No body owes her anything if she can'nt take a joke she needs to quit insulting people trying to convince them she's ready for prime time. What a doofus

    November 27, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Wynter

    Can someone explain why this woman who believes Sexism is dead in America, especially in her Conservative Party, is now playing the "Sexism card"? Taking tips from Romney now?

    November 27, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  10. unretired05

    Yes , I 'm so important. I never get any respect. If I were a liberal they would treat me better. What does this woman want? Cain to call her a princess so she feels important? The writers for Rodney Dangerfield to write her speeches? If you treated the liberals better they would treat you better. Mama always said that was the Golden Rule.

    November 27, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. PD.

    First off, I am no fan of Michele Bachmann. In fact, she is not qualified for President, not even VP. But, CNN, you should be ashamed of the photo you provided. Bachmann my not be a contender, but you should have been more sensative. Shame on you.

    November 27, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Max Powers

    You are not a serious candidate. You are a science experiment gone wrong.

    November 27, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. John

    Michele Bachmann doesn't deserve any more Apologizes from any one else. Of All the bad thing she had say or call the President ,she hasn't never Apologizes to him. And he deserve more respect than she does. All Michele Bachmann does either LIE or Complain about someone or something.

    November 27, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  14. rude

    Instead of examing WHY they call her a LIAR she harps some more!!!
    Lady, you are a LIAR and as such you must be called out on your LIES!!
    Quit blaming everyone else for daring to speak the truth and call you a LIAR!!! You're a liar, end of story!!

    November 27, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. kenny

    The woman needs to get a gripe. She got her apology so accept it and move on or do not accept it and continue to whine like Sista Sarah. She is as close to being President right now as she will ever get.

    November 27, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. johnborg

    She really had to make this political didn't she? "He would apologize if I was a liberal." I bet he would have apologized if it was Olymbia Snowe, a conservative senator from Maine, but, no, not you Rep. Bachmann. No one takes you seriously anymore, your lower than your buddy Palin.

    November 27, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. Karl Jonas

    well she has no intelligent positions so it's attack the media. even comedians. even musicians.

    November 27, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  18. It is sad

    This women will not be happy until every person who has ever watched a show on NBC has apologized. After the election I hope she is made to apologize for being an embarrassment to women. Her and Palin have hurt the image of republican women, which most of us know to be smart and articulate, but these two have acted the opposite.

    November 27, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. ArmyCSM

    "RHIP" Lady. Rank Has Its Privileges and you have no rank; besides the song was appropriate.

    November 28, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  20. Qev

    I didn't realize that Mrs. Obama was a politician? What, pray tell, could be Bachmann's motivation for continually attacking her?

    November 28, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  21. mk1

    Michelle Bachmann needs to apologize to the American people for just bout everything she has said and done on this campaign. She is a total embarrassment to America and surely a laughing stock around the world.

    November 28, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  22. W.G.

    She HAS LIED about so many things . What most sticks to my mind is the controversy over her comments about
    the injections given to girls in Texas . Her comments were truely irresponcible . I wonder why with her low
    poll numbers (Pond Scum is currently polling higher than she is ) she just does´nt drop out now and save
    her money ? She´s not mature or sophisticated or intelligent enough for the White house . We do not need
    another republican business man in office and the republican goals and ideals are Un American and just BAD
    for the Country .

    November 28, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Why wont this crazy lady just go awayyour a joke a big joke please do us all a favor and leave

    November 28, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  24. W.G.

    She has LIED ! Why pander to her and why is she still running ? Pond Scum is currently higher in the polls than she is .
    She would be very BAD for the country .

    November 28, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  25. W.G.

    She has LIED and she is not a person worthy enough to hold the TOP JOB in the country .
    NBC should give that band director a medal and a raise for being HONEST !

    November 28, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
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