Overheard on CNN.com: Bachmann deserved an apology
NBC apologized to Rep. Michele Bachmann for a song that was played during her appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
November 24th, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Bachmann deserved an apology

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Comment of the day:

“Did NBC [also] email the apology to both of Fallon's viewers?”
- Max17

Bad song choice

When Rep. Michele Bachmann recently appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” she probably didn’t expect the band to play Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as she walked out. But that’s exactly what happened. And now, NBC has sent the congresswoman an apology letter, and host Jimmy Fallon has apologized to her over the phone and via Twitter.

CNN.com readers said the band’s song choice was clearly inappropriate at best.

MiketheMike said, “No matter what anyone thinks of Bachmann, she was invited to the show as a guest and should have been treated as such. It's really sad that the concept of civility is being sacrificed by many for the sake of political animosity.”

Guest said, “I don't know all that much about Bachmann but her point is well taken. Had the recipient of this ‘humor’ been Michelle Obama there would have been hell to pay.”

KnockSomeSns responded, "Guest, you'd be right if Michelle Obama had mislead and sometimes even outright lied as much as Bachmann has. That's the whole point of that song (as its title suggests). NBC should have never apologized, IMHO.”

GoTparT said, “Why wasn't the drummer fired? If this were done to a minority democratic candidate the Liberals would want the entire band fired. I found this ‘song’ on the Internet and took a listen. It's garbage.”

Strange12 responded, “I hope the owner to the song rights is getting some royalties from all the self-righteous conservatives who are accessing the music. I just wonder where all this righteous indignation was when Michelle Obama and her children were booed at a recent stock car race. I have a feeling that Michelle Obama knew she was being booed when it happened; I doubt Michelle Bachmann even knew she had been insulted.”

357fixer said, “Making personal attacks against those you don't agree with ... it's the liberal way.”

CalmDog responded, “Calling Obama a Muslim, calling Kerry a coward, booing Michelle Obama at NASCAR, outing Valerie Plame, Yadda, yadda, yadda. Yup, I see what you mean.”

SurRy said, “Rush Limbaugh calls Mrs. Obama terrible names and ridicules her almost daily. Why isn't anyone apologizing for that? At least Limbaugh has decided to quit calling innocent children names (Chelsea Clinton).”

ZenaKitty said, “Wow. I don't care for Bachmann and as a Bleeding Heart Liberal, I totally disagree with everything the woman stands for, but that's unacceptable and the drummer really should be fired. No one should be treated with that kind of disrespect.”

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Roadsniper

    Oh by the way gungy, im also from ca,woooooow.how far out is that dude isnt that grovy?

    November 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roadsniper

    It does seem that you are a know it all after all i thought fester was right!!! Well,well,wellnow that you are exposed maybe you should be a little more care about having one step over the line on free speach, so now that we all know that,its so dam cool! For us,bye

    November 26, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fester

    Lala bye lala bye say good bye to old bachman!!!!!

    November 26, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Donald in CA

    Michele bachmann is not Michelle Obama. One is a class act and the other is a right wing hater so dont confuse the two.

    November 26, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • khrish

      Bachman should apologize to the American people for being so ignorant to run for the office of the president with such a lack of knowledge of the history of this country.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dustin

    Two things:

    As many had mentioned, there have been plenty of similar situations in which a *Democrat* had been at the center of the ridicule, and there was a fraction of the response – but that I attribute to a political demographic capable of taking a joke and/or criticism.

    Second – Yes, I fully agree that it was in poor taste, considering it's a talk show where your guests are exactly that – guests. However, people are wrong to say it was inappropriate when the song was rather fitting. Poor taste, definitely, but completely accurate, since the ACLU is NOT running the CIA.

    November 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |


    November 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotWorry

      Hate Crime? Who are you kidding? You Republicans think you are God's Chosen and any lie or crime you commit becomes God's Law. Making a joke at your self-righteous expense is now a Hate Crime?

      December 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sks

    Hi grundgy???

    November 27, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Roadsniper

    How much wood can a woodchuck chuck , if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Ask gung hoe, he eats a lot of wood!!!!

    November 27, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Roadsniper

    The catholic church smuggled the nazis out of europe, but they take the money from the hispanic people, still the white man steals!! All the gold and silver that the church has locked in the vatican vaults,,,, talk to you all later

    November 27, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hta

    Would that be the precious belonging of the victims of ww2?

    November 27, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. noemi

    Inaproprite song may be I would have played I put a spell on u. Why an apology? She ia a lier and a !-(9h. She doesn't know much of american history which makes her a nazi.they would have to pay me BIG to vote as this idiot she makes women look dumb.shell never make it but she gets to keep your money to spend on what ever.real smart rightys.

    November 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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