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Wallace Demonstrates Flaky Journalism
America Talks ^ | 6/26/11 | David Zublick

Posted on 06/26/2011 11:42:41 AM PDT by AmericaTalks

On his program Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked his guest, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann if she was a flake.

Bachmann seemed perturbed by the question, and rightly so, and then proceeded to answer the question with coherence, grace and dignity. She responded by saying "well, I think that would be insulting, to say something like that, because I'm a serious person". Bachmann pointed out that she has been married 33 years, is a lawyer, has a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law, worked in the U.S. federal tax court, has five children, raised 23 foster children and opened a charter school for at-risk youth.

"I've also been a state senator and a member of the United States Congress for five years. I've been very active in our business. As a job creator, I understand job creation. But also I've been leading actively the movement in Washington, D.C., with those who are affiliated with fiscal reform," Bachmann said.

Wallace's question was an ugly example of shoddy journalism, the kind of "gotcha" question reserved for Republicans, and especially Republican women, in what can only be described as a double standard set by the mainstream media that gives liberals a pass.

Wallace asked the question because in some circles Bachmann is perceived as gaffe prone. To be fair, she has made a few mistakes, but has come a long way since the "anti-American" comment in November of 2008.

But where was the media when Barack Obama, while campaigning for president in 2008, said he had visited "57" states, referred to a "bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor", declared that Memorial Day honors "an unbroken line of fallen heroes - and I see many of them in the audience here today"?

Yes, political candidates do make embarrassing remarks on the campaign trail, but once elected, every speech, every move will be without flaw, because should something go awry, the media will be all over it, such as when Obama picked the name of a dead hero as a live Medal of Honor winner, referring to a military medic as a "corpseman", and botching a toast to Queen Elizabeth II, right?

Maybe not.

Wallace did offer one of those back-handed apologies on the Fox News website, the kind where one says "if anyone was offended, I'm sorry".

That's not good enough. This was a hit job on Bachmann, one for which she should be insulted. But journalists should also be insulted, as should every American. There is no place in the news media for this kind of attack.

And although we have come to expect this sort of thing from the talk hosts at MSNBC, or the writers at the Huffington Post, one would expect better from a Sunday morning news and analysis program, especially one on Fox.

Shame on you, Chris Wallace. That question was flaky journalism.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bachmann; chriswallace; flake; fox; foxnewssunday; journalism; michelebachmann; wallace
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To: tcrlaf
The media keeps telling me how STUPID she is! HOW CAN THIS BE????

Some ignorant, uninformed and really stupid FReepers call her stupid too.

41 posted on 06/26/2011 1:10:30 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: evad

Fox is losing it. Ailes needs to retool.


42 posted on 06/26/2011 1:14:09 PM PDT by y6162
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

Her JD preceded the LLM.


43 posted on 06/26/2011 1:14:09 PM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: AmericaTalks
Chris Wallace asked his guest, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann if she was a flake.

Demonstrating that Wallace does indeed believe that Bachmann is a flake.

I'm going to go ahead and anticipate Wallace's defense - that this is what her critics are saying about her - and so it's his duty to ask the question.

OK Chris, if that's the case, then would you kindly direct us to the video clip where you ask Hillary point blank, "Are you a shrew?"

Waiting...

44 posted on 06/26/2011 1:21:35 PM PDT by rhinohunter
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To: narses

So?

At best, one can say it is a “post-graduate” degree. Calling it a “post-doctorate” degree is very damaging. If she continues to refer to it as a “post-doctorate” degree the MSM will have a field day taunting her.


45 posted on 06/26/2011 1:30:35 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

A JD is a doctorate. Her LLM was post doctoral. You are being pedantic.


46 posted on 06/26/2011 1:33:26 PM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: AmericaTalks

I don’t care for Wallace, he comes across as really smart, but that doesn’t mean he is a straight shooter. He goes easy on certain people, for who knows what reason, and goes hard ball on others, again, for who knows what reason. I don’t trust him. Anyone who is that smart, but plays games, is not to be trusted, end of story.


47 posted on 06/26/2011 1:40:25 PM PDT by rodeo-mamma
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To: bmwcyle

“Wallace is and has been a liberal all the time.”

I hope FOX takes note of Wallace’s sexism. and turnaround from idiot in chief to total a$$hole Liberal. Dump him.


48 posted on 06/26/2011 1:45:33 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (I have a liberal arts degree, do you want fries with that?)
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To: tcrlaf
The most difficult course in the ‘Journalism Curriculum is “Underwater Cigarette Toss”!
49 posted on 06/26/2011 1:48:48 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (I have a liberal arts degree, do you want fries with that?)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

If you don’t already own the J.D.


50 posted on 06/26/2011 1:49:38 PM PDT by des
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To: AmericaTalks

Flaky journalism indeed he must be pimping Rummy.


51 posted on 06/26/2011 1:51:10 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: AmericaTalks
Chis Wallace and FOX can go to hell. Would Chrissy ask the same question of “57 States” Barry Hussien?

Hell no!

Fox, get your head out of your ass. I will not be watching Chris ever again!!!!

Make that 2, my wife warned me about Chris.

52 posted on 06/26/2011 1:54:36 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: freespirited
Palin should drive over to FOX and kick Chris's ASS!
53 posted on 06/26/2011 1:58:20 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: freespirited
Palin should drive over to FOX and kick Chris's ASS!
54 posted on 06/26/2011 1:58:27 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Bayou Dittohead
"Wallace. I know he is not a conservative, but he usually does ask difficult questions to both sides."

Uhhh, do you think Wallace would ever ask Debbie Wasserman-Putz if she's a flake?

I didn't think so.

55 posted on 06/26/2011 2:02:52 PM PDT by eCSMaster (We will fight for America and it starts here in Madison, WI. It starts here. It starts now.)
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To: yoe

I don’t worry about these kinds if interviews as they allow our candidates to show everyone what they are made of.


56 posted on 06/26/2011 2:04:18 PM PDT by Chandalier (Obama is a Chicken Hawk!)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi
It's considered post-doctural work by lawyers with a JD. I hope the MSM does try to make an issue of it, because it will only spread the word far and wide that she has a JD and an LLM, and whatever you may think about that being "damaging," it isn't. Stupid people don't get LLM's.
57 posted on 06/26/2011 2:12:16 PM PDT by FredZarguna ("It looks just like a Telefunken U47.....with leather.")
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To: narses

“You are being pedantic.”

Yes, very much so.

JD is not a “doctorate” as most in academia use the word. Looking at wiki, I see it is a three year program without a dissertation. Masters level. I would refer to a JSD as a “doctorate” as it is PhD level, requires a dissertation and is required to be offered a tenure track position.

There’s no reason for her to pad her resume to impress people. She should simply refer to her LLM as “post-graduate”.


58 posted on 06/26/2011 2:13:43 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: FredZarguna

Are you a lawyer?


59 posted on 06/26/2011 2:15:40 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

Pedantry is not attractive. Most attornies would agree with MB’s phraseology. To me, it matters not even a tittle.


60 posted on 06/26/2011 2:27:16 PM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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