Media Roots – Michelle Bachmann: Insurance for Obama Victory?

MEDIA ROOTSMichelle Bachmann’s catapult to fame eerily resembles Sarah Palin’s rise to the top during the 2008 election circus. Both Bachmann and Palin are media made sensations whose extreme antics and shocking ignorance of basic civics have only garnered them more attention. One can’t help but wonder if the popularity of such inept candidates has been in part manufactured by the establishment to provide insurance for another Obama victory.

On a panel discussing Michelle Bachmann’s potential presidential run, Chris Matthews strangely admitted that Bachmann was “created here“– in reference to his MSNBC show Hardball. Was he insinuating that he was partly responsible for Bachmann’s recognition and success?

In 2008, Matthews excoriated Bachmann for her suggestion to catalog and investigate ‘dissenters’ in the House of Representatives, then proceeded to give her a platform to speak at length on his show. Bachmann’s empty rhetoric equating liberalism with anti-Americanism became a viral hit online.

Later on Real Time with Bill Maher, Matthews repeats himself, adding gleefully that “Bachmann’s going to win the nomination.” Maybe Matthews is smiling because he is hoping for his Frankenstein-esque creation to fall on her own sword, creating an easy victory for Obama. Tricks or so called ‘dirty’ ones have always been a part of the election cycle. Matthews is an influential partisan talking head, who is experienced enough in the media world to know exactly what he’s doing.

In a recent Media Roots Interview, Cindy Sheehan said that Sarah Palin was picked as Mccain’s VP as “insurance” for an Obama victory. Whether or not that’s true, it’s undeniable that a large amount of Americans voted for Obama in 2008 solely because of how terrifying the prospect of a Mccain/Palin presidency was.

It’s a sad state of democracy when people are fear-mongered into voting against their own interests. As long as the media continues to prop up such extremist GOP candidates, people who identify themselves as liberal, green and libertarian will continue to knee jerkily vote for bought-and-paid for establishment candidates that will proceed the policies that have bankrupted and demoralized this nation.

Written by Abby Martin & Robbie Martin for Media Roots

Photo by flickr user Scott Spiegael

Media Roots Radio- Sex Scandals, 2012 Election & RNC Debates, Net Neutrality & Lobbying, Police’s “War on Fun”

Media Roots Radio – Weinergate, Election Kick-off, Net Neutrality, Police’s “War on Fun” by Media Roots

MEDIA ROOTSThis episode covers Anthony Weiner and how political sex scandals dominate over real issues, the 2012 campaign kick-off: the RNC debates and media propaganda surrounding the candidate pool and Obama’s marketing campaign, Net Neutrality and the lobbying system, and the bay area police’s “War on Fun” of shutting down underground parties and stealing electronic equipment from djs.

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Media Roots Radio- Osama’s Death, Police Power, Media Circus of 2012 Campaign Run-up

Media Roots Radio: Osama, Police Power, GOP & Obama’s 2012 Campaign Run-up by Media Roots

MEDIA ROOTSThis episode covers new Bin Laden propaganda, the recent ruling giving police the power to break into homes without warrants and the media circus surrounding the GOP and Obama’s election run-up for 2012.

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