While I could vote for Ron Paul without any reservations, I wouldn't vote for Michele Bachmann.
My distaste for her, however, does not lead me to find it cute when not one but two people laughed at her in the coverage. First was a man -- who at least was supposed to be offering opinions -- he was on with the Weekly Standard guest at the last part of the 8 o'clock hour (EST).
I would love to know why the host, Robert Seigel, did not ask the man why he as laughing at Bachmann or why she, the only woman in the race, was the only one he laughed at?
I would really like to know why, when Robert was getting the report from Kathleen Masterson and asked her how Bachmann was doing, Masterson felt the need to giggle about how poorly Bachmann was doing. (She was on at the last part of the 9:00 hour -- again, EST.)
Kids, I'm a Democrat. I can't vote for Barack. (I voted for Nader in 2008.)
I am hugely against the wars and hugely in favor of the Constitution which is why I can support Ron Paul without hestiation.
So grasp that I'm not some conservative getting talking points from some website or campaign.
I found what was TWICE done to Michele Bachmann on air to be grossly offensive.
NPR needs to explain why it was okay to giggle about Michele Bachmann's performance and how that qualified as quality journalism. (Mara Liasson. I've heard a million and one nasty things about her over the years from various left-wing sites. This was my first time hearing her extended on live radio. I found no fault with her and wondered whether she'd improved or if I'd been misled by Panhandle Media.)
I listened to NPR's live coverage -- and skipped cable -- specifically because I thought it would provide journalistic coverage and maintain basic standards. When it came to Michele Bachmann coverage, that was not the case. They need to explain why. (Be sure to read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The Toxic Drips Of Tiny Penises" from Sunday. I'll highlight it tomorrow. But it takes on media sexism.)
I hope you have already read the year-end coverage, but if not, The Common Ills year-end coverage included C.I.'s "2011: The Year of the Slow Reveal," Ruth's "Ruth's Radio Report 2011," Martha and Shirley's "2011 in books (Martha & Shirley)" and Kat's "Kat's Korner: 2011 in music." In addition, community coverage of 2011 also included Ann's "2011 best in film (Ann and Stan)" & Stan's "2011 in films (Ann and Stan)", Cedric's "Barack finally gets something right!" & Wally's "BARACK BEST 2011 MOVE!," Rebecca's "best of fall tv 2011" and Trina's "New Year's Parties."
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):