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. Barbara

    Not funny, Jimmy.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Any person who made the choice to play that music cannot have taken Bachmann seriously as a possible winner of the election.
    I don't take her seriously either, but playing that song was rude.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Whoever played that song honestly should be fired!! Where is NOW honestly if the shoe was on the other foot and had been hillary I would bet they would be screaming their head off and they should!

    November 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotWorry

      Where were you when Hillary was called nasty names? Name calling, I'm sure. This was a funny joke, and Michelle Bachmann was too dumb to even get it.

      December 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    [s]They should all be fired! From the President of NBC on down! Jimmy Fallon, GONE! Drummer-boy, GONE! I won't stand for this! I'm starting a letter-writing campaign to show just how unjust this is, using very strongly-worded language! Join me?[/s]

    November 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotWorry

      LOL, making a joke at the expense of a demented public official will be very dangerous in the coming Oligarchy... also known as a totalitarian state.

      December 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @gung hoe:
    I said this on another thread:
    Liberal media has a sense of humor.

    An apology was enough.

    November 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotWorry

      Humor will be punished by prison in the coming totalitarian state... if enough fools vote Republican, that is.

      December 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    There was also *many*, many insults being slung when Hilary was running, how soon people forget.

    November 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Somebody Else

    Still waiting for BARBARIAN Michele Backmann and her BARBABARIAN husband Gaybachus to apologize for the hate-speech against gays which has led to two murders of transgenders in her district in 2011.

    November 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotWorry

      We were lucky her supporters didn't rip Cain from the debate stage when she told them his 999 plan was really the 666 plan of Satan. She has never apologized for that one.

      December 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gung hoe

    Ok even though had a rough day around here you got me to chuckle and point well taken banasy that was as far as the dam packers are concerned rough day, oh well maybe your bears can beat them

    November 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |


    November 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    @banasy didnt forget but because she didnt make it out of the primariies most of the mud came from one candidate in her party

    November 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |


    November 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @gung hoe:

    DA BEARS have a tough time beating them...

    And many slurs come from Bachman's own party, also...

    November 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Oh geez cant we take one day off from argueing about politics I mean I was including all woman

    November 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    I'm not arguing; I'm answering your points, gung.
    There is a difference, you know... 🙂

    November 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Ok ok geez banasy your right now always 4ever never ever never wrong no umhum never

    November 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
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