Michele Bachmann Rips CBS After E-Mail Gaffe Exposes Debate Slight

Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:25am EST

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann accused CBS News of bias after its new political director said in an email before Saturday's Republican presidential debate that she would not get as many questions as other candidates -- and inadvertantly included a Bachmann staffer on the email chain.

A CBS producer said in an email to new political director John Dickerson that Bachmann was available for a post-debate webcast, and CC'd a member of Bachmann's staff. But Dickerson failed to remove the Bachmann staffer from the email before dismissing the candidate in his response.

"Okay let’s keep it loose 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.

The CC'd Bachmann staffer, Alice Stewart, forwarded the email to reporters, saying it indicated CBS News planned to limit Bachmann's questions at the South Carolina debate, which was hosted by CBS News and National Journal.

CNN said Bachmann campaign manager later stormed past reporters, saying, "John Dickerson should be fired. He is a piece of shit. He is a fraud and he should be fired."

In a statement to CNN, CBS News said Dickerson's email was "a candid exchange about the reality of the circumstances -- Bachmann remains at 4% in the polls."

Bachmann, who indeed was not asked as many questions as the frontrunners, called the situation "an example of media bias."

"I think it's only respectful to allow the candidates to be able to speak and not intentionally ahead of time make a decision to limit candidates' opportunity to speak to the American people," she said after the debate.

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mcdiarcr wrote:
CBS News new political director is pretty stupid.

Nov 14, 2011 11:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
z0rr0 wrote:
The problem is that the media are doing it to Ron Paul too, who is the only one offering any chance of real change, as opposed to the blue/red parade of “new” faces.
Let the people hear Bachman, and Ron Paul, and let us decide. Not some highly paid CBS producer. The media has to stop being king maker!

Nov 14, 2011 11:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
RDavid2010 wrote:
Bias? Wow, that’s certainly a nice word. How about fraud or manipulation or narrow mindedness or just simple dishonesty. CBS is any and ALL of these and are doing it to anyone they decide are not keeping with their narrow view of the world. CBS should be completely exempt from anything having to do with the next election.

Nov 14, 2011 12:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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