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

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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. enuff

    Give me a break. If the president of NBC HAD apoligized, she'd be complaining that Obama should be apologizing too. Why does she keep trying to compare herself to Mrs. Obama? She's the one who chose to throw herself into this political arena.

    November 28, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  2. FIELD1stSGT

    AMEN Michele, but you'll play heck getting Obama's biggest backer the owner of NBC, George Soros, for apoligizing to anyone. He believes in a one world government and is using Obama for that goal.

    November 28, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  3. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Really u r a serious candidate ? I thought you were a joke

    November 28, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  4. Cody

    Get over yourself Michele. You're are a crybaby wimp. You can hurl insults at anybody but you can't take them. Maybe if the song wasn't so similar to your campaign, it wouldn't matter. And please stop comparing yourself to Michele Obama. She is a class act all the way. Go back to Minnesota and freeze over with the rest of the state!

    November 28, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  5. Karl Jonas

    VICTIM! I'm a VICTIM! Look at me everybody, I'm a VICTIM!

    November 28, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  6. Noone really...

    She got an apology from Fallon, Questlove, and the executive suit in charge of programming Fallon's show. That's about all the apology she deserved. Time to stop beating this dead horse and move on, lady. Because if you really want to be president, you're going to need a wee bit more thicker skin than what you apparently have.

    November 28, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  7. Marry

    I am all for civilized and courteous behavior! However, Ms. Bachmann 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 a terrible member of congress (yes, the same one 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!
    2012 cannot come soon enough to get these GOP/TP “pledges” out and a Democratic House and strong Democratic Senate in!

    November 28, 2011 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  8. Mike D

    For the amount of press she's going to milk this for, I would call it even.

    November 28, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  9. strangerq

    “That’d be up to NBC,” Bachmann said. “

    ^ What a vicious and hateful person Bachmann is.

    I hope she fails to win a single delegate.

    November 28, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Boy, is she desperate to keep her name in the news ....

    November 28, 2011 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  11. Marry

    The Headline I like to see:

    Bachmann to apologize to the American Voter for her rude and factional incorrect candidacy.

    She went on to explain that even though she knew that most of her statements where false and the President was doing a tremendous job considering he had to face opposition she had built without any regard for the American people, without having any solutions, yes, without even comprehending any of the problems, she will...

    November 28, 2011 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    me doth think Bachmann "whines" too much. At least when NBC or MSNBC does or says something they consider inappropriate they either apologize or suspend the person that said or did it. That is FAR more than her beloved FoxNews would EVER do. In the Shirley Sherrod case they not only failed to apologize they tried to shift blame to the White House. And let's face it, Bachmann like Perry, Romney and Gingrich DO bear false witness against not only the president but many others as well

    November 28, 2011 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  13. Are you kidding me ?

    Enough you little drama queen ! Michelle if you spend all day lying , don't be surprised when someone calls you a liar ! The song was spot on ! No, apology needed !

    November 28, 2011 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  14. James Matsukov

    She didn't even get it anyway. Now she is just after the publicity. The song fits.........

    November 28, 2011 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  15. Squigman

    One should never insult a republican. A republican, on the other hand seems to believe that any insult, barb, degrading comment, or question about a democrats life is just as appropriate as the sun shining in the morning. But never, never, never, never insult a republican.

    November 28, 2011 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  16. jboh

    Bachmann should apologize to America for not entering a loony bin.

    November 28, 2011 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  17. GaryB

    Actually, conservatives on the air says lots of mean (and generally untrue) things about Michelle Obama, and the companies carrying the broadcasts pretty much never apologize. But then again, Mrs. Obama has never perfected the art of whining and being a victim quite like Michelle Bachmann and her mentor Sarah Palin.

    November 28, 2011 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  18. 4merRepubCT

    Once again Bachmann demonstrates her lack of knowledge and information. Where was she when the media blasted Hilary's pantsuits? Or when Beck went after the POTUS daughters during the Deep Water oil disaster? Apparently, she is in such desparate need for attention that she just can't help reminding people of an incident that wasn't spurred by NBC management, or even the show's host. Her fifteen minutes are done, and she needs to go back to wherever she came from.

    November 28, 2011 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  19. Diane

    Get over it Michelle. You should apologize for thinking you are qualified to be PRESIDENT.

    November 28, 2011 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  20. Grahame Rhodes

    Nobody cares about Michele Bachmann except Nichele Bachmann

    November 28, 2011 06:10 am at 6:10 am |

    The band hit the nail on the head. Michelle is a delusional liar.

    November 28, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  22. NoGr8rH8r

    How do we get out of this 21st Century Depression?

    November 28, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    Bachmann – you are now getting GREEDY!!! Could you imagine being President of the United States and someone from another country plays a "song" you don't agree with and you ask the President of that country to "apology?" Come on now – get OVER it and go home!!

    I truly believe any other candidate (except Cain)) would NOT ask for an apology but would just "accept" it and move on!! Bachmann is too much of a "baby" to be strong enough to face all of the EVILS in the world. The more she whine – the further down the charts she goes.

    Obama 2012!!

    November 28, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  24. Dan J

    If she were a liberal, the President would have issued an apology, the band would have been fired and the show would have been pulled.

    November 28, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  25. Thomas

    Michele Bachmann / Ann Coulter 2012

    Rep. Michele Bachmann is back with her light-bulb choice bill.

    November 28, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
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