When Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last November and the band played a song called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” she was rightly outraged, saying it showed a clear “bias on the part of the Hollywood elite and sexism as well.” Rep. Nita Lowey, a Democrat from New York, called the incident “insulting and inappropriate” and said, “I do not share Michele Bachmann’s politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect.” After a media firestorm, NBC, Jimmy Fallon, and the band all apologized to Bachmann, as they should have.
But Bachmann apparently doesn’t see fit to defend another woman who has come under gender-based attack in the media, repeatedly today refusing to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke.
Pressed four times on CNN over three minutes, Bachmann deflects four times, pivoting to everything from health care reform to terrorism, unwilling to offer even mild criticism or Limbaugh aside from pointing to his apology. Watch it:
Ironically, Bachmann attacked CNN and the media for supposedly employing a double standard when it comes to conservative women and sexism. But it is Bachmann who seems to be deploying the double standard here, happy to go after her perceived enemies in the mainstream media at NBC, but resistant to condemn her ally, conservative Limbaugh.
When the Daily Beast asked Bachmann last year if she considers herself feminist, she instead described herself as “pro-woman and pro-man.”