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Bill Bennett proposes new fact-checking, media-bashing formula

Michele Bachmann lashes out at media. (JEFF HAYNES/Reuters)

Michele Bachmann spoke these words:

No one here is suggesting that all Muslims are radical, but we should not be ignorant of the objective reality that there is a very radical wing of Islam that is dedicated to the destruction of America, of Israel and of Israel’s (allies ?). And what we’re watching develop before our eyes today are the direct consequences of this administration’s policy of apology and appeasement across the globe and the supposed success of the president’s foreign policy genius, hailed by (media ?) even last week, now exposed for what it really is. And so now you see this media doing absolutely everything they can to scramble to make sure that their guy doesn’t get the blame for what’s going down this week.

No dummy, Bachmann. She has learned that her supporters — like the social conservatives at the Values Voter event — take kindly to roundhouses that land on the noses of reporters. An October Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 76 percent of conservative Republicans hold an unfavorable view of national news media, and just 22 percent take a favorable view. (2 percent had no opinion.)

Longtime conservative advocate Bill Bennett also addressed the media dimension of recent events, citing how Mitt Romney’s remarks regarding the Middle East tumult were treated:

When they were condemned so broadly, so universally, among the establishment press, it is likely that they are true.

Now there’s a fresh fact-checking model for you.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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