Meghan McCain interviewed Michele Bachmann, and came away with admiring her. That's quite a flip for Meghan; she used the interview as an occasion to apologize for her characterization of Bachmann as "a poor man's Sarah Palin." (She was wrong to do that. Bachmann is not a "poor man's Sarah Palin." If you look at Bachmann's record on tax policies that protect the wealthy at the expense of working families, you'll find that Bachmann is in fact "the rich man's Sarah Palin.)
There isn't very much in the interview; apparently McCain didn't do her homework on this one. McCain didn't ask Bachmann to explain her most controversial public statements or lack of delivery on any real conservative reform after more than a decade in government.
Instead McCain turned in the kind of high school newspaper Bachmann interview that we've seen over the years from most of the Minnesota media.
But it's Michele Bachmann. So if you get her talking for any length of time, she's bound to deliver a blatant untruth.
This time it's her claim about sexism:
MCCAIN: From your point of view, do you think politics is sexist?
BACHMANN: I think that there is a different standard for women. I made a decision when I ran for president that I wouldn't whine about my coverage in the media, and I never did. I wanted this to be a merit-based election, and I think that it had more to do with the fact that the left and center media sources don't want to see strong conservative women be a role model. I had an objective to show women that you can be feminine, you can be a conservative, and you can have a positive message.
Positive message? Her positive messages in the past have included the theory that there's a connection between Democrats in the White House and outbreaks of swine flu, that gay people are mentally ill, that the Democrats constitute a gangster government, and that the president of the United State is "practicing tyranny." ) And just she just released a statement calling Obama an "autocrat" with flagrant disregard for the Constitution; see post below.
The examples of negative, nuthouse messages are endless; she's already been cited in the Southern Poverty Law Center's report on the rise of hate groups in the United States.
So much for the "positive message" of Michele Bachmann: about the claim that she never complains about sexism? Headline, from January 2012:
Michele Bachmann claims sexism after top aide to Rick Santorum questions whether a woman can be president
By Michael Zennie
UPDATED: 16:56 EST, 16 January 2012
The link to that article is below. Here's another one:
Michele Bachmann Blames Late Night (with Jimmy Fallon) Incident On 'Sexism'
Again, the link is below. As you recall, Bachmann came out on stage on the Fallon show to a tune played by the show's band ("Lyin' Ass Bitch.") Bachmann responded by telling the public that she was a victim of sexism:
Here's what she had to say about it:
"If that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they would have fired the drummer, or at least suspended him."
And here's Michele on where she places the blame for the incident:
"...Bias on the part of the Hollywood elite and sexism as well."
So what Bachmann told McCain was patently untrue; Bachmann does complain about sexism when it's sexism against Bachmann. The Fallon story dates from 2011, when Bachmann's presidential campaign was rolling along: the very time when she told McCain she wasn't complaining about sexism. (McCain really should have done her homework beforehand, if she came in wanting to ask Bachmann about sexism in politics.)
There's sexism in politics, there's sexism in the workplace, there's sexism in the Christian right and the Republican Party.
All true. What isn't true is tBachmann's statement: that she never whines about her media coverage, that she's never made sexism an issue. Sexism is an issue, Bachmann's cited it as an issue, claimed "victim of sexism" status--but she's lying about that.