Minnesota journalists will return to ignoring her lies, bigotry, gaffes and conspiracy theories
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has slipped out of the national spotlight after her run for President failed in Iowa. But Bachmann hasn't stopped pushing the latest conspiracy theories. She hasn't stopped telling outright lies. And I'm sure she'll soon make a gaffe like the ones that have made her infamous.
But Minnesotans, and especially Minnesotans in her district, won't find out about what she says and does because of the journalists in this state. Its now up to Minnesota journalists to cover Bachmann. And they won't.
Its not as if Bachmann has slowed down, its just that the journalists who were willing to publish what she said or analyze her statements have switched to other national political topics.
Last weekend, Bachmann spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Chicago. Here's her latest conspiracy theory:
In a speech last week, Bachmann devoted her remarks to raising the alarm about an upcoming "suicide-bomber conference" in Chicago. She called on the president to stop it on the grounds that it was "subversive." She warned the audience, "We could wake up some morning wondering, 'How in the world did America come under sharia law?'"
Bachmann was correct to assert that the group, Hizb ut-Tahrir America -- which was planning its Khilafah, or Caliphate, Conference for June 17 near Chicago -- advocates overthrowing world governments, including that of the U.S., and installing a Muslim caliphate in its place. It does indeed advocate the imposition of sharia law. But it appears to be a small, fringe group; its official position is against violence, and the group has not been directly linked to violence, terrorism, or suicide bombing. Moreover, the conference in question was canceled two weeks ago after the host venue was besieged by calls of protest from followers of the anti-Islamist blogger Pamela Geller. There's also no evidence that sharia law is truly a creeping threat to the American system, though several states have enacted laws against it just to be sure.
But none of this stopped Bachmann from making the conference the centerpiece of her argument that the president has failed to deal adequately with the threat from terrorism. She showed the video advertising the conference during her talk at the Conservative Political Action Conference-Chicago, and angrily called for the president to close it down.
"When you have an organization that is calling for the establishment of a global caliphate, and they want to have dominance of a different system of law, which would be sharia law, over the United States people -- not just themselves, but over the United States people -- that's subversion, and that needs to be shut down," Bachmann said in a press conference after her speech. (The Atlantic
Here's a snippet from CPAC in which she answers a question about government surveillance and doesn't quite answer the question, but instead rants about Obama:
Last week she was ranting about religious liberty and how Obama is "Healthcare Dictator":
Here's her speech at that same anti-Obamacare rally in which the above interview occurred:
Apparently, none of this is newsworthy. Minnesota journalists will continue to let Bachmann off the hook for her lies, disregard for the truth, conspiracy theories, bigotry and conspiracy theories.