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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Bachmann and New Hampshire staff: 100 percent hypocritical

Michele Bachmann is mad at the media today.

News outlets have swarmed over a story broken this morning by WMUR’s Political Scoop. The piece said this:

All paid New Hampshire staff for Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign have quit over deep frustration with the campaign’s lack of commitment to New Hampshire. ...

Later in the day, Bachmann had her say:

“There’s no truth to that story, so this is a rumor and I think it’s highly reprehensible for the media to publish a story without calling us, the campaign, to even find out if that’s true. This is what’s really wrong with politics. It’s highly irresponsible media to spread stories and print stories that aren’t verified and aren’t true. I think this is wrong.”

Wrong perhaps, depending upon further investigation of what actually went down.

Yet it’s certainly not as wrong as, like, going on national TV to say that the daughter of a woman I just met developed mental retardation just after getting the HPV vaccine. Certainly not as wrong as going on national TV to say, unequivocally and without any evidence, that the HPV vaccine “can have very dangerous side effects.” Certainly not as wrong as going on national TV to say that side effects from the HPV vaccine are a “very real concern and people have to draw their own conclusions.”

As Bachmann might say, all those allegations about HPV “aren’t verified and aren’t true.”

If the report about the New Hampshire staff turns out to be faulty, well, then some media outlets will have to eat crow, and that’s the end of it. Yet if Bachmann’s claims about HPV were wrong — and they were — then people will pass up vaccines that could save their lives.

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