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The Star Tribune published an article by Kevin Diaz highlighting the differences between Reps. Michele Bachmann (R) and Keith Ellison (D).  Diaz notes many of the differences between the two but omits one major and glaring difference:  Michele Bachmann lies all the time while what Ellison says is verifiable as true.

-- cross-posted from MN Progressive Project, home of the Michele Bachmann Bizarro World --

It's this omission that personifies the dishonesty inherent in the modern journalist.  Journalists all too often ignore or downplay the blatant fabrications that Republicans constantly spew.  By ignoring Bachmann's constant lying, Diaz and the rest of the Minnesota journalists enable her.

Why do we Minnesotans have to rely on a newspaper in St. Petersburg, Florida, to bust Michele Bachmann for lying?

Bachmann appeared 14 times on national media outlets last week.  She told many lies during those appearances.  Yet, nary a mention of this in any Minnesota media outside of the blogs.

Are Minnesota journalists and their editors simply incapable of reporting and analyzing what Bachmann says?  I contacted Diaz, but he refused to comment for this post.

Bachmann lies as much as she does, because she's always gotten away with it.  Ever since she first appeared on the political scene in 2001, journalists have downplayed or ignored her lies, racism, conspiracy theories and fear-mongering.

Originally posted to The Big E on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 03:19 PM PST.

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  •  If I Am Not Mistaken (4+ / 0-)
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    sockpuppet, NoMoreLies, millwood, MufsMom

    Bachmann's district has the highest unemployment and forecloser rate in Minnesota. Strange I'd have to come here to learn something like this.

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by webranding on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 03:28:22 PM PST

  •  It's OK if you're a Republican (1+ / 0-)
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    Money=speech; every dollar has a right to be heard. The Supremes

    by orson on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 04:18:53 PM PST

  •  Your title is way over the (0+ / 0-)

    top, and not justified by the analysis.

    First, it was a single article -- if Diaz has a history of carrying water for Republicans, there's no evidence presented here.  So saying that he himself "personifies" a dishonest culture is gratuitous.  

    Also, "dishonest" seems a bit overwrought.  The focus of the article had nothing to do with the reps' relative honesty, the congruence of their policy preferences with reality, or anything remotely like that.  So a complaint in this context seem to imply that any journalist who doesn't mention Bachmann's lying in any discussion of her is being dishonest.  And that's simply not justifiable by any reasonable theory of effective journalism.  

    In Rand McNally, they wear hats on their feet, and hamburgers eat people!

    by cardinal on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 05:10:17 PM PST

    •  Not considering the year's of neglect (0+ / 0-)

      If this were the only instance of ignoring her lies, insanity and conspiracy theories, I would grant you your point.  However, the media in Minnesota consistently downplay what she says in the rare instance when the actually note what she said.

      The other times they note what she actually said, the downplay it using a false equivalency that there is somebody on the left who is equally crazed.

      Sorry, cardinal, the context is everything.

      •  Fair enough. (0+ / 0-)

        There was no other context provided -- but now that you explained it I can certainly understand your frustration.  There are few things I like less than when journalists report that "Republicans say it's raining, but Democrats say it's not raining," without bothering to look out the window to verify whether it's actually raining.

        In Rand McNally, they wear hats on their feet, and hamburgers eat people!

        by cardinal on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 10:21:57 PM PST

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