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Sep 26 2011

Bachmann Continues to Lie About Gardasil

Being a politician means never saying you ever got anything wrong and nothing demonstrates that as perfectly as Michele Bachmann’s continued tap dance on Gardasil being dangerous. During the most recent debate she was asked whether she had reconsidered her claims about how dangerous the vaccine is and she simply lied. Here’s the question that was asked:

“Do you stand by your statement that the HPV vaccine is potentially dangerous, and if not, should you be more careful when talking about public health issues?” Wallace asked.


And her answer:

“I didn’t make that claim, nor did I make that statement,” Bachmann began. “Immediately after the debate, a mother came up to me and she was visibly shaken and heartbroken because of what her daughter had gone through, so I only related what her story was.”

No you didn’t. You used that story as the basis of your very next sentence during that interview, which was, “It can have very dangerous side effects.” And during the debate before that interview, she called it a “potentially dangerous drug.” She’s said it repeatedly and it’s on video where everyone can see it. So she’s just lying when she says she didn’t make that claim.

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  1. 1
    Michael Heath

    It should also be noted that Fox News failed to correct the record during the debate when Rep. Bachmann lied, which perpetuates the lie. It should also be noted that the mainstream media sources who also host debates rarely correct the record either.

    So while the others don’t go out of their way to misinform the public to the degree Fox News does, they’re little better when it comes to correcting the record, especially in a unbiased format. One exception I’ve recently noticed is Anderson Cooper on his early evening CNN show whose spot-on with his fact-check segments. MSNBC does a highly biased, narrowly framed fact-checking of conservatives.

  2. 2
    D. C. Sessions

    “Not intended to be a factual statement.”

  3. 3
    slc1

    Re Michael Heath @ #1

    Mr. Cooper can get away with fact checking and being gay because, being one of the heirs to the fortune of his motherk, Gloria Vanderbilt, he doesn’t need the job.

  4. 4
    gingerbaker

    “…and she simply lied”

    So?

  5. 5
    davidct

    It seems to be a central tenant of the right wing that changing our mind in the face of evidence is a sign of weakness. Lying on the other hand seems to be acceptable behavior. When one is allowed to make up their own reality – how can anything be a lie?

  6. 6
    Bronze Dog

    It seems to be a central tenant of the right wing that changing our mind in the face of evidence is a sign of weakness. Lying on the other hand seems to be acceptable behavior. When one is allowed to make up their own reality – how can anything be a lie?

    Yup. Truth is just another narrative invented by the intellectual elitists. You can tell because truth has a liberal bias. ;)

  7. 7
    chilidog99

    Is this sufficient for Merk to sue her?

  8. 8
    MikeMa

    It should be sufficient for Merck to not support her (and other teabaggers) and to offer a video ad of her lying as a reason to get vaccinated.

  9. 9
    holytape

    I am amazed how fast she was dropped from the spot light after Rick Perry joined the race. It was as if the republican establishment sighed in collective relief. I believe that they think they can sell America Crazy(tm) as long as it has a penis attached to it.

  10. 10
    MikeMa

    @holytape,
    Your ‘penis’ idea came up in another thread (last week?) and my comment then was Michele has a dick – Marcus. He (they?) certainly dicked the government out of money for his reparative therapy bullshit anyway and dicked clients out of the respect they should have been given.

    On the other hand, it seems dubious that the US party of god would elevate a woman over a man any time soon.

  11. 11
    vmanis1

    Now a couple of days after the debate, Ed Rollins (who at that time still claimed some tenuous support for her) said she was extremely intelligent, that she reads a great deal, and that her fault lies in not taking advice from her staff.

    The whole Gardasil episode seems to demonstrate that Republican operatives have a very different definition of `intelligence’ than earth people do.

  12. 12
    Michael Heath

    slc1:

    Mr. Cooper can get away with fact checking and being gay because, being one of the heirs to the fortune of his motherk, Gloria Vanderbilt, he doesn’t need the job.

    Many people work and maintain high standards in spite of not needing the job. Perhaps Mr. Cooper’s success in spite of not acting like a journalistic coward who fears losing access should be an example to aspiring young journalists; that one path to success can happen precisely because they’re principled.

  13. 13
    Michael Heath

    holytape:

    I am amazed how fast she was dropped from the spot light after Rick Perry joined the race. It was as if the republican establishment sighed in collective relief. I believe that they think they can sell America Crazy(tm) as long as it has a penis attached to it.

    My perspective is that the media coverage of the wingnut candidate transferred from Bachmann to Perry not because Perry has a penis but instead for two reasons:
    1) Perry quickly jumped to the head of most nation-wide polls after entering the race.
    2) Perry’s a far better fundraiser as demonstrated in his governor race campaigns. He also quickly got some significant funds* lined-up to kick-off his entry into the presidential primary race whereas Rep. Bachmann’s been in the race for some time and has shown no such ability.

    Therefore it’s far more relevant to cover Gov. Perry he’s currently got a chance of winning while the frosting on the cake keeps coming from him as well since he too is a wingnut.

    *I think Gov. Perry’s fundraising capabilities will not do well going forward, however that has nothing to do with Ms. Bachmann but instead because he’s increasingly looking like he’s not a viable candidate.

  14. 14
    Modusoperandi

    Michael Heath “One exception I’ve recently noticed is Anderson Cooper on his early evening CNN show whose spot-on with his fact-check segments. MSNBC does a highly biased, narrowly framed fact-checking of conservatives.”
    Oh, great. So no one sees them.

  15. 15
    386sx

    “I didn’t make that claim, nor did I make that statement,”

    She’s shocked, shocked I tell you. *yawn* OMG someone get the fainting salts, these are shocking allegations. *ZZzzzzZZZZzzzzzz…*

  16. 16
    Worldtraveller

    Your title is two words too long, Ed.

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