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    Chris Wallace Palinizes Michele Bachmann

    Chris Wallace Palinizes Michele Bachmann

    The narrative already was being set, the Palinization of Michele Bachmann, but now that Fox News has joined in, it’s all but over as to the Michele Bachmann narrative if she makes it to a general election (including as to V.P.).

    It’s a question to which there is no good answer because even having to respond to such a question, asked by someone of Chris Wallace’s stature, is damaging.  “I am not a flake” will be hung around Bachmann’s neck.

    As reported by HuffPo, and as will be repeated endlessly in the left-blogosphere, print and broadcast media:

    If any of you thought that Fox News was a sufficient counterweight to the liberal mainstream media, think again.

    Update: Wallace has issued a video statement acknowledging that it was a mistake to have used the term “a flake” since such language in the question interfered with the real story, which was Bachmann’s response. Wallace is a class act, and I’m sure he didn’t mean to demean Bachmann by the use of the term, but it just goes to show how deep the narrative of Bachmann, Palin, and just about any other non-establishment Republican being “non-serious” or “a flake” goes.


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    jeannebodine | June 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Chris Wallace is a liberal, born & bred. Granted he’s normally fairer than most but the mask slips occasionally and his tilt is definitely toward the left He’s just like Major Garrett who was also pretty even-handed but if you looked closely, you’d recognize your boilerplate MSM journalist (and who was recently publicly trashing Michele Bachmann as well).

    Overall, I think FoxNews has veered left over the past 2 years or so. Their news stories often have a liberal slant (see last week’s hinting-at-the sinister report on fracking for a good example) and I find the All-Star Panel on Special Report mostly insufferable anymore.

    Contrary to the view of writer I was really impressed with Bachmann’s reply. She handled a lousy situation with class. Also we of the right must stop letting the press pick or disqualify our candidates. Let’s select them at the ballot box.

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall | June 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I didn’t watch Fox News Sunday this morning, but I just finished watching the repeat a half hour ago. I thought Bachmann handled herself well throughout the interview, including her response to that horrible question.

    And yes, Wallace has apologized. But so what? I’d bet the other Republican campaigns as well as Obama’s campaign are already creating the commercials with Wallace asking, “are you a flake?”. The damage is done.

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    jakee308 | June 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Chris’s question smacks of the old “have you stopped beating your wife” gotcha trap.

    Any question that has an obvious answer (whether true or not) is being posed for some reason other than to elicit a pertinent answer or data.

    Obviously MB isn’t going to say; “Why yes Chris, I am a flake. Flaky as a ten month old box of Kellogg’s.

    So the question is posed to give the meme “She’s a flake” some more air time and stir people to inquire why he asked that question and without crediting those who labeled her.

    And the obvious answer of “No Chris, I’m not a flake” actually does more damage than any other answer.

    For those of us who recall when Nixon said “I’m not a crook”, did any of us then have any doubts that he WAS A CROOK in that it was obvious that he was LYING about what he actually knew and did? That statement of his did more to sink him than any ten ‘plumbers’.

    Personally, I am skeptical about MB. I question her authenticity and her true ideology but I don’t think she’s a flake (as in Christine O’Donnell flaky) but we shall see.

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