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Bachmann Accuses CBS News of Bias During GOP Debate
Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2011 | Daniel Doherty

Posted on 11/13/2011 9:57:42 AM PST by Kaslin

Following Saturday’s GOP CBS/National Journal debate, the Michele Bachmann campaign accused CBS News of organizing a biased event by purposefully keeping her questions to a minimum. After accidently receiving an internal email from John Dickerson – the newly appointed political director for CBS News – her campaign released a screenshot of the correspondence to reporters. Via The Hill:

 

Dickerson was responding to an email sent to CBS News staffers discussing the possibility of booking Bachmann for a webcast interview. The initial email notes that Alice Stewart, Bachmann's spokeswoman, was included in the email chain, but Dickerson appeared not to have noticed when he sent his reply to the group.

"Okay let's keep it loose though since she's not going to get many questions and she's nearly off the charts in the hopes that we can get someone else," Dickerson wrote.

Bachmann has been struggling in the polls since her peak in August, and is currently hovering around 4 percent.

 

CBS News, however, defended the email explaining it was merely “a candid exchange about the reality of the circumstances.” According to Mediaite, a screenshot of the email was posted on Bachmann’s Facebook page by Keith Nahigian – her campaign manager – with the following caption:

 

While Michele has been onstage at tonight’s debate demonstrating strong leadership on foreign policy and national security, we received concrete evidence confirming what every conservative already knows – the liberal mainstream media elites are manipulating the Republican debates by purposely suppressing our conservative message and limiting Michele’s questions.

View the attached email by CBS News’ political director from earlier today–we need to show the liberal media elite that we won’t stand for this outrageous manipulation. Help us fight this affront by sharing this with your friends.

 


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1 posted on 11/13/2011 9:57:46 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

CBS, biased? What!?


2 posted on 11/13/2011 9:58:41 AM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: JDW11235

Yeah, I know. No way /s>


3 posted on 11/13/2011 10:00:44 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Bachmann Campaign Expresses Regret After Manager Goes on Tear Over Alleged Bias at CBS

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/11/13/bachmann-campaign-lightens-after-tear-cbs-alleged-bias?test=latestnews


4 posted on 11/13/2011 10:01:45 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Kaslin

This whining wench should go home and take care of her family.


5 posted on 11/13/2011 10:03:39 AM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Kaslin

Sorry, but we’re electing a President. Whining that things “aren’t fair” isn’t Presidential. She’s at 4% in the polls. Thats why she’s not getting attention.


6 posted on 11/13/2011 10:05:49 AM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like See BS is a sexist outfit!


7 posted on 11/13/2011 10:06:03 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Kaslin
Of course they're biased! It's CBS.
Can't you remember Dan Rather: Fake but Accurate:?
8 posted on 11/13/2011 10:06:53 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: PALIN SMITH

Actually, if you watched the “debate,” you can see that she was right about this. I read also that an analysis published today showed that in ALL of the debates, the candidate who has been given the most time is Romney. And this is based on counting up the minutes, not on wild claims.


9 posted on 11/13/2011 10:07:06 AM PST by livius
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To: Kaslin
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Kinda makes me wonder who See BS would like better.
10 posted on 11/13/2011 10:11:39 AM PST by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Kaslin

The push Romney on us at every chance.


11 posted on 11/13/2011 10:12:26 AM PST by boomop1
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To: Kaslin

So, why go on these shows? If all true conservatives would be “no shows” there would be no shows.


12 posted on 11/13/2011 10:13:23 AM PST by Terry Mross (Where is the OPPOSITION party? I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: livius

Agreed. The liberals are dictating the conservatives’ path for their own benefit.

They should be called on it and future appearances should not just be handed out stupidly, but on the merit of previous presentations.


13 posted on 11/13/2011 10:15:28 AM PST by Surrounded_too
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To: bigdaddy45
and Huntsman is at 1% at the polls but that arrogant Pelley calls more on him than on Michelle Bachman.

BTW I am not a Bachman supporter

14 posted on 11/13/2011 10:15:43 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: livius
I would think most debates have ground rules and candidates would be wise to demand just that ahead of time.

One possible format would be where the time allotted tracked with the candidates' poll numbers. The other would be an equal spread of time for all candidates.

The former favors the front runners and the latter those with a long way to go. Or you could say the former locks in the bias of the polls but the latter wastes time on the folks who don't stand a chance [vat iss dis Huntsman doing here?]. Any way you slice it, whining isn't doing Michelle any good.

15 posted on 11/13/2011 10:16:40 AM PST by NonValueAdded (At 4 AM, it is a test; at 2 PM, it is a demonstration)
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To: Kaslin

Republicans are stupid and this entire series of debates showed it.

The debates have been orchestrated by the mainstream media to get the candidates to attack each other, not discuss the different approaches to rectifying the mess Obama has made of America.

Also, the questions are framed and construed to provide the media’s favorite choice - “Mitt” Romney with the most coverage, while deliberately belittling, ignoring and marginalizing the three conservatives there - Gingrich, Cain and Bachmann.

WHY they are allowing this to proceed this way is beyond me.

As I have said over and over again, the Democrats CAN’T win by making this about Obama and his record. They can only win by making the election about who the Republicans select.

As Gingrich said, aside from Romney and Huntsman, ANY one of the candidates up there, including Perry, would do a far better job of rectifying the economy and protecting us against foreign threats than Obama or ANY OTHER DEMOCRAT.


16 posted on 11/13/2011 10:17:49 AM PST by ZULU (Anybody but Romney)
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To: livius
"Actually, if you watched the “debate,” you can see that she was right about this. I read also that an analysis published today showed that in ALL of the debates, the candidate who has been given the most time is Romney. And this is based on counting up the minutes, not on wild claims."

SO WHAT!

Who said life was fair?

Are we becoming liberals?

17 posted on 11/13/2011 10:19:57 AM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Terry Mross
So, why go on these shows? If all true conservatives would be “no shows” there would be no shows.

They have alternatives. The Texas Tea Party group that hosted the Cain/Gingrich debate has made offers to Perry and *cough* Romney. I'm sure if Santorum reached out to them, they'd try to set something up.
18 posted on 11/13/2011 10:20:35 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: PALIN SMITH

Yep. If the GOP lets Romney choose the details, and the other candidates cooperate, who’s to blame?


19 posted on 11/13/2011 10:22:30 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Kaslin

Go Cain song - it will be heard across the land , you betcha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFIF_pIuOmQ


20 posted on 11/13/2011 10:23:31 AM PST by Fred (no job no house no gas no food no problem Obama 2012)
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To: Kaslin

A “candid exchange” of leftie bias.


21 posted on 11/13/2011 10:24:49 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: PALIN SMITH

Your nick name seems ironic in light of your comment.


22 posted on 11/13/2011 10:36:24 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: Fred

LOVE IT!! GO CAIN!!!!


23 posted on 11/13/2011 10:44:58 AM PST by lyby ("Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." ~ Galileo Galilei)
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To: Kaslin

The republicans should debate each other 3 times a week.

It should be live streamed from the GOP website with pod casts of all the past debates available from said website.

They should just sit around a large table and discuss a single issue at a time. Social security, defense, Education, Medicare and so on and so forth.

No moderators and no timekeeping. No time limits, they could debate for one to eight hours, as long as they want.

Why they let a bunch of elitist liberals question them as they are doing now is insanity. Letting some liberal interrupt my conservative candidates is insulting and demeaning.

Are we not in the information age?

What is wrong with these people?


24 posted on 11/13/2011 10:58:58 AM PST by FoxPro
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To: bigdaddy45
>>>>>>Whining that things “aren’t fair” isn’t Presidential.

You got that right!

Same goes fo Newt's whining and Cain's whining. Finger pointing is for losers.

25 posted on 11/13/2011 11:00:06 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: vladimir998
"Your nick name seems ironic in light of your comment."

Google my name.

I actually accomplished something....and never complained.

If Bachmann keeps crying the blues as a victim, she will solidify her position in last place.

She doesn't deserve to be on that stage!

She sounds like Obama blaming everything on something else but herself.

26 posted on 11/13/2011 11:05:46 AM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Reagan Man

Finger pointing has worked very well for the leftists. Lamely accepting this situation is what losers do.

And remaining silent or calling those who go head to head with the leftists losers is remarkably stupid and ensures that the leftists wil continue to dominate.


27 posted on 11/13/2011 11:18:06 AM PST by LastNorwegian
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To: bigbob
Time to call Gloria! ;-)


28 posted on 11/13/2011 11:18:52 AM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: Kaslin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2806843/posts

Only need to study the photos in the link above and below..it's not what CBS, for example, even said; tis what they reported or the way they reported the debate.

The photos were a clue to me on Cain. At least they Bachmann ahead of Cain..Herman is the one that got blurred in the photo, scowling as Huntsman makes a hand gesture [perhaps innocently but there was, I suspect, some insider laughter and put into the photo gallery]..plus Cain was placed at the bottom of the page.

So Bachmann got better treatment in the CBS analysis ..CBS also seemed to show a bored audience and majority white as well...and maybe it was, I was not there[in pics].

Is what they don't say that they can get a way with.

Bachmann has class, intelligent, committed, and a leader and would grow even further as Bush did in office. I like how she conducts herself, but the media does not take her seriously so gives her less press and time in debate[as Lynn Cheney brought up in an interview recently with Bob Schieffer[1969-]--Lynn saying the media determined who was covered and who was not, when he played all innocent and dumb. [The last more accurate.] All The CBS Photos, You decide:

29 posted on 11/13/2011 11:27:04 AM PST by fight_truth_decay (No Tag)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I watched all of the after show webcast, and was really taken aback at the way the Romney rep was handled, and the others who spoke. Then, they abruptly (to me), cut it all off, and said there were no more. I immediately wondered about Bachmann’s rep, because I would have liked to hear what he/she might have said about her constantly being cut off during the debate. Nope. None. That’s what this email is about, because Dickerson was the reporter interviewing reps in the after show.


30 posted on 11/13/2011 11:40:01 AM PST by Ray'sBeth
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To: LastNorwegian
Its remarkably stupid to take cheap pot shots and falsely accuse your fellow GOP opponents because you can't handle the heat directed at you by the media attack-dogs. And too constantly blame debate moderators is nothing but a well worn political ploy that doesn't work.

We conservatives are better than liberals and come out on top when we stay focused on the issues and NOT whine or cry about poor treatment or act like victims. Those are tactics employed by malcontents and reactionaries.

Reagan beat the liberal establishment time and again without lowering himself to their level or engaging in political mud slinging.

31 posted on 11/13/2011 12:01:12 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Kaslin

I really, really, really like Shelly a lot... but isn’t this a “Master of the Obvious” comment?


32 posted on 11/13/2011 12:12:04 PM PST by redpoll
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To: Kaslin

The debates are always poorly conducted, and this one was no exception. If anything, it was even more annoying than the annoying run of the mill.

The candidates need to take a hand in planning the debate format that will best allow them to get their message across to the public, because in the end, thats the point, isn’t it? to communicate ideas and wrestle with ideas. If the format shuts off every discussion just as it is getting interesting, if it shuts out half the candidates, if it forces the candidates to discuss issues from a point of view that is not their own, then its a waste of time. Its worse than a waste of time, it actually does damage to everyone standing up there.

So, since its always this way, why don’t they do something about it? Gingrich’s private debate with Cain was a good solution, it was the candidates taking control of the process. They should take control, and instead of inviting the media to “moderate” they should choose their own method of moderating it, and invite the media to broadcast it as is. If they don’t want to do it, then use other means. Radio, internet TV, hire their own cable outlet.

Don’t just stand there like patsies and take what your political enemies dish out.


33 posted on 11/13/2011 12:44:44 PM PST by marron
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To: Kaslin

Guilty.

The liberal attack dog posting as “moderator” was clearly hostile, particularly to Bachmann.

Why are the GOP candidates participating in debates “moderated” by hostile leftwing political activists?

Why?


34 posted on 11/13/2011 12:48:05 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (America First)
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To: PALIN SMITH

Bachmann is right.

The GOP needs to hold its own debates, and refuse to enable the leftwing clowns pretending to be “journalists”.

Just hold your own debates, GOP.

Put them on the web. We’ll find them.


35 posted on 11/13/2011 12:50:36 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (America First)
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To: Reagan Man
Same goes fo Newt's whining and Cain's whining. Finger pointing is for lose

Boy you really just cannot make a rational factual statement can you. You really have NO clue what joke you are making of yourself around here with these idiotic baseless personal attacks. I suggest YOU stop whining and try making a rational case for your candidate of choice instead of just mindlessly screaming bile at all the other candidates.

36 posted on 11/13/2011 12:51:45 PM PST by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Kaslin

If only they asked her more questions, she might have gone from 2% support to 3% support! She was robbed! /s Give me a break, stick a fork in her, she is so (over)done. Nolw she’s even running ads lying about Herman Cain’s abortion record. Pathetic.


37 posted on 11/13/2011 12:55:31 PM PST by montag813
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To: MNJohnnie

It’s obvious that Democrats are commenting in this GOP debate threads. No one takes their silly comments seriously.


38 posted on 11/13/2011 1:01:09 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: montag813

How can Herman Cain have abortion records, since he never held public office?


39 posted on 11/13/2011 1:03:30 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
"Just hold your own debates, GOP."

I respect Sarah Palin for not being part of this disgusting circus.

She's smarter than all the other Republicans put together!

40 posted on 11/13/2011 1:53:54 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Kaslin
How can Herman Cain have abortion records, since he never held public office?

This is how:

African American Businessman Spends 1M to Urge Blacks to Vote Pro-Life

41 posted on 11/13/2011 2:02:22 PM PST by montag813
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To: Kaslin

Cain is my man and Newt is my #2 but I hope Michele can cause CBS a lot of grief over this.


42 posted on 11/13/2011 2:04:50 PM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: montag813

False. Cain did not fund these ads.

“Mr. Cain, who once managed the Godfather’s Pizza chain and ran unsuccessfully for the Senate from Georgia in 2004, said he was not troubled that Mr. Rooney, who is white, is funding ads using black voices who claim to speak on behalf of the black community.”You don’t have a lot of black billionaires who would want to fund something like this,” he said.”

http://www.nysun.com/national/republican-group-chides-democrats-with-abortion/41648/


43 posted on 11/13/2011 2:09:31 PM PST by magritte
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To: Kaslin

Bachmann should appeal this directly to Ed Rollins.


44 posted on 11/13/2011 2:11:01 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~... Newt/Cain 2012..."Save a pretzel for the gas jets.")
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To: bigdaddy45
A few months ago, Newt gingrich was at 5%. The media did not ignore him.
IF you think the media should frame debates and give airtime according to their preferences, you are either an Obama supporters or have been drinking out of a lead cup.
45 posted on 11/13/2011 3:13:03 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: magritte
False. Cain did not fund these ads.

He raised $1 million for them. Not sure how much he himself gave, but he typically has given $200,000 per cycle, according to records, and PACs do not normally disclose all contributors. However you slice it, Bachmann is way off base in calling Cain "pro-choice", especially on video following Mittens, whose mother gave a ton to Planned Parenthood, and who was pro-choice most of his career. Cain has never been anything but. She should withdraw the ad.

46 posted on 11/13/2011 3:14:02 PM PST by montag813
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To: montag813

There’s no indications that Cain himself gave money to America’s Pac, which was the source of the “$1,000,000” claim. He may have given money to other organizations, but that is irrelevant to this particular claim, which is patently false.

Regardless, Bachmann is off-base by calling Cain “pro-choice”, at least by my definition.


47 posted on 11/13/2011 3:24:46 PM PST by magritte
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To: rmlew

oh please..... would you stop this “Obama supporter” crap? There are 8 candidates. She’s in the second tier. Therefore, she’s not going to get as much attention; thats just how it goes. Whining about it just makes her look small. I’m just trying to picture Ronald Reagan whining about the press. Or whining about ANYTHING. Leaders don’t whine.


48 posted on 11/13/2011 6:00:10 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: livius; PALIN SMITH

“Actually, if you watched the “debate,” you can see that she was right about this. I read also that an analysis published today showed that in ALL of the debates, the candidate who has been given the most time is Romney. And this is based on counting up the minutes, not on wild claims.”

Exactly. Romney is the go-to guy for the lib media, the guy they want to get the nomination.

More conservative voices, like Bachmann’s, are intentionally frozen out every election cycle.

Bachmann is right to call them on it.


49 posted on 11/13/2011 6:14:01 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: bigdaddy45

I don’t think that Bachmann has the character or experience to be president. However, that does not mean that I support the idea that the liberal MSM should choose our candidates.


50 posted on 11/13/2011 6:19:11 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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