Rep. Michele Bachmann said Friday she has accepted NBC’s apology over an offensive song played during her appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” but said the incident underscores a huge “double standard” on how conservatives are treated in the media.
Doug Vaughan, NBC's senior vice president for special programs and late night, issued a written apology to the Minnesota congresswoman after Fallon’s house band played a song that contained profanity as Bachmann first appeared on stage on Monday’s show.
“Of course I accept the apology but my guess is that it would have been the president of the NBC instead of a vice president” making the apology if that song had been played during a Michelle Obama appearance, Bachmann told Steve Malzberg on KLIF radio in Dallas.
“This is clearly form of bias from the Hollywood elite but also sexist,” the GOP presidential candidate said.
She said the network and the public would have responded much more vehemently if she had been a liberal. “It’s an outrage if it happens to the liberal, usually it’s passed off if it happens to a conservative.”
“I’m a serious candidate for president of the United States but I’m also a conservative woman, that’s the double standard.”
Asked if she thought Fallon’s drummer, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, should be fired or suspended for playing the song, Bachamnn told Malzberg that was a matter for NBC. But, she added, “The unemployment is bad enough right now. I don’t want to see anyone else thrown out on the street.”
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