Presidental press scrutiny, insta-news-cycles are shredding Michele Bachmann
GOP candidate constantly under fire the last two weeks with "pray away the gay" and migraines
July 20, 2011|By David Zurawik | The Baltimore Sun
Last week after "sting" video surfaced of counselors at the Michele Bachmann's Minnesota clinic appearing to practice a discredited form of 'therapy" intended to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals, I predicted the film would haunt her on the campaign trail.
That haunting has already begun -- and it is only one of several problems she is now having to contend with.
Once the video made it onto ABC News last week, Bachmann was under fire. The video, which was shotwith hidden cameras by a gay advocacy group, appeared in reports by veteran investigative correspondent Brian Ross. Beyond what the video showed, perhaps, the worst news for Bachmann was that Ross, one of the best in the business, was now on her case.
Check out the video below of Ross on "The View" Wednesday (July 20) discussing the latest revelations, which were published Tuesday, about Bachmann suffering from debilitating migraine headaches.
The news broke Tuesday, and by late Tuesday, there were reports online of Ross being jostled and pushed away by Bachmann aides as he tried to ask her about the headaches during a campaign stop in South Carolina.
I read the report of the incident in South Carolina on Time magazine's Swampland blog before going to bed around 1 a.m. Wednesday, and I woke to the story being everywhere by 6 a.m. when I signed back on. By 11 a.m., Ross was already on "The View" discussing the incident and Bachmann's headaches with Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg.
In less than 12 hours overnight, we went from the news of an event, to "The View" analyzing it for a very large primarily female audience that reaches far beyond the Beltway into millions of mainstream American homes.
I think discussions like the one on with Ross as a guest on "The View" have already spelled Bachmann's doom -- veen if she is looking good in the polls right now.
And what is fascinating to me is how fast it happened. I don't know if she could have gotten out front of this cycle with the best political media advisors in the world.
By the end of the day Wednesday, she had a letter from her doctor saying she could function just fine with the headcaches. It should have been out 24 hours ago.
I think the money she spent to release a new campaign ad Wednesday on the debt ceiling crisis is money that might be already lost.
Check out the video, and let me know what you think.