Bachmann Demands Apology From NBC for Fallon Slight: 'This Wouldn't Be Tolerated if This Was Michelle Obama'
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann demanded an apology from NBC Wednesday for the disgraceful song that was played while she was walking on stage to be a guest on that network's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday.
"This wouldn't be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama," Bachmann told Fox News's Bill Klemmer. "It shouldn't be tolerated if it's a conservative woman, either" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BILL HEMMER, HOST: You get a nice write-up today in the Washington Post for your new book, talking about your priorities as a mother first and as a woman, and this topic sort of crossed itself this past week after your appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show on NBC. He has since said he's sorry for a song that was played upon your introduction. Were you aware of the song and since that time what do you think of what happened the other night?
CONGRESSWOMAN MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MINNESOTA): I wasn't aware of it at all. I didn't find out until later yesterday, and at that point, I was traveling and making my way to the presidential debate. I'm hoping to be able to speak to Jimmy Fallon today. I don't have anything against Jimmy Fallon. I love him, he’s a kick. It was a great opportunity to be on the show, I'd love to go back again.
But I think the point is if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC, and this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite. But it’s also I think a sexism as well. This wouldn't be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama. It shouldn't be tolerated if it's a conservative woman, either.
HEMMER: You’ll speak with Fallon today. What will you tell him?
BACHMANN: I will. Well, of course I accept Jimmy's apology, but this really needs to come from NBC, and this is an outrage that happened.
HEMMER: Michele Bachmann, thank you for your time.
BACHMANN: Thank you.
HEMMER: We’ll see you down the road, okay, perhaps in Iowa.
Readers are reminded that MSNBC's Ed Schultz was suspended for about a week in May when he called conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham a "right-wing slut."
The following month, MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin was suspended for four weeks for calling President Obama a "dick."
What's the penalty at the Peacock network for referring to a sitting Congresswoman and presidential candidate as a "lyin' a-- b--ch?"
(H/T Huffington Post)