Another sad, sorry excuse for journalism from the Star Tribune
Kristin Tillotson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote an article entitled Bachmann: Pop-culture punching bag? In the post Tillotson details how several Hollywood TV shoes have characters inspired by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Tillotson provides no analysis other than to ask a Sarah Janacek, a MNGOP operative, what she thinks about why everybody is being so mean to Bachmann.
Why does Bachmann get singled out for what seems like a good share of derogatory lines?
Her camp declined to comment, but Republican strategist Sarah Janecek suggests that, ironically, the level of attention the congresswoman achieved while in the national spotlight made her the kind of star that other stars like to poke fun at.
"She created a vivid picture in those presidential debates as the only woman doing just fine against the men," Janecek said. "With her perfect looks plus her ideology, in the age of celebrity, she became one."
More puzzling are the cracks about her hair, which almost always looks pretty good. "If people disagree with a woman's politics, they start picking on her looks," Janecek said.
That's as far as Tillotson goes.
Ms. Tillotson ... could it be possible that Bachmann is widely mocked because she frequently embarrasses herself? Because she has an utter disregard for the truth and is an unrepentant, serial liar?
Is it possible that Bachmann is an easy target of mockery because of the crazed conspiracy theories that she repeats and occasionally invents herself?
But this type of analysis will never, ever appear on the pages of the newspapers or on TV or on the radio in Minnesota. Journalists in MN so rarely print what Bachmann says that I can't honestly say that Minnesota journalists practice journalism when it comes to Michele Bachmann.
The journalists of Minnesota are complicit in the rise to power of Michele Bachmann and keeping her there.