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.
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.