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In the above clip, MSNBC gives more than eight minutes of air time to Michele Bachmann’s presidential prospects. A panel of five experts, starring Meghan McCain, chews over the issues. The following Bachmann characterizations and assessments fly into the public realm: the “thinking man’s Sarah Palin”; “very candid”; “more smarter”; “older and more established”; “she is very experienced, very knowledgeable”; “she does come across as the thinking person’s Sarah Palin”; “her intelligence comes through.”

Yet no one apparently has a second to mention the HPV vaccine.