Wallace: Sorry for the “flake” question

posted at 6:00 pm on June 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I’d have put this into the earlier thread, but given the massive response to Chris Wallace’s question this morning to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), it seems fairer to give this a fresh look.  Not long after Wallace asked Bachmann if she was a “flake” for making a few gaffes over the last few years, Wallace heard an earful from his audience.  He faced the criticism head-on and apologized in a Fox News Sunday web video:


Give the man some credit. Wallace didn’t offer a “sorry if you were offended by my genius” non-apology apology. He deduced — rightly — that having the question overshadow the answer in an interview is usually a mistake, and accepted it as such. Wallace is right that Bachmann’s perceived seriousness is a legitimate topic for an interview, considering her status as a presidential candidate, but at the very least Wallace should have provided better contextual basis for his question. Had he said, “So-and-so called you a flake,” or better yet, “So-and-so questioned your seriousness in light of these gaffes,” he would have opened the same topic but in a better and more fair manner for Bachmann to respond.

As Wallace says, every day is a learning experience. More than a few people in his position would be tempted to dig in and defend a poor choice. Kudos to Wallace for learning a lesson and admitting to it.

Still, when will the national media start questioning Obama’s seriousness if rhetorical gaffes are the determining factor, as they apparently are for Republicans such as Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and George W. Bush? That’s a question I ask almost every day in the Obamateurism feature.

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Good on ya, mate.

John the Libertarian on June 26, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Good on him for owning up to it.

Reason #974 why Chris Wallace is a better man than Jon Stewart.

KingGold on June 26, 2011 at 6:04 PM

God forbid journalists ask good questions.

mythicknight on June 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Still, when will the national media start questioning Obama’s seriousness if rhetorical gaffes are the determining factor, as they apparently are for Republicans such as Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and George W. Bush? That’s a question I ask almost every day in the Obamateurism feature.

“What Liberal media?” -Lib

visions on June 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Not a bad way for Wallace to go.

billy on June 26, 2011 at 6:06 PM

God forbid journalists ask good questions.

mythicknight on June 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM

The sole reason I really miss Tim Russert. He raised the bar for interviews and sadly since his death it has been lowered forever.

sherry on June 26, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Kudos to Wallace for learning a lesson and admitting to it.

It takes a big man to do that. Good on him.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2011 at 6:06 PM

There you go. I like the guy and think he has the integrity to ask both sides the hard questions.

Some people will never like him but then, some people are po’d when they get to wake up in the morning.

Vince on June 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

reporters should make questions about the issues and not the personalities.

Unfortunately while Chris went overboard on this with that question its shows that the MSM went overboard too far the other way when dealing with Obama.

The truth is out now. The left wants to make the election about personalities and is trying to defame any Conservative who runs.

The Right must make this about issues. because we are finally proving that left wing progessivism doesnt work. We cant let the MSM cloud the issues with pointless personal attacks.

William Amos on June 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Like I said in the other thread, he had the apology written out before he ever asked the question.

Does he explain why the term “anti-American” always qualifies as a “gaffe”? Is al qaeda not “anti-American”? The fake apology doesn’t even have any context until he clears that up.

Buddahpundit on June 26, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Come on Chris,you’re sorry it raised such a stink,you knew very well what you were asking and hoping she would flounder in her answer.

ohiobabe on June 26, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Most politicians are flakes in the general sense of making outrageous statements. Accordingly, asking Michele Bachmann If she is a flake seems to intimate you believe her to be flakier than others. She is clearly not: see the CBC and Debbie Downer. Therefore, my only conclusion is that Wallace let slip his desire to engage is the Palinization of Bachmann. No male candidate would ever be ask about being flaky, including the flaky Ozero.

andy85719 on June 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Thank you Mr. Wallace.

capejasmine on June 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Wow. That’s certainly not the way it usually goes down, is it? Good for him, and his show.

Weight of Glory on June 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM

sherry on June 26, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Boy, you got that right. Russert did a terrific job of preparing for his interviews. He was great at challenging people with their own remarks in a way that was respectful but unflinching. He had a great way of letting the subject explain themselves but of also keeping the discussion from wandering or being filibustered.

MJBrutus on June 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM

How long before this thread transitions into “Palin walks on water” and “Bachmann is a witch”?

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Sorry, not buying. He accomplished his goal- to float the idea that MB is less than serious or qualified.

Scotsman on June 26, 2011 at 6:12 PM

How long before this thread transitions into “Palin walks on water” and “Bachmann is a witch”?

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

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Done.
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RalphyBoy on June 26, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Good for him…

OmahaConservative on June 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM

How long before this thread transitions into “Palin walks on water” and “Bachmann is a witch”?

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Nothing like getting the ball rolling,is there?

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Like someone else predicted in the original thread, now that he’s put the meme out there and apologized for doing so (I’m rolling my eyes), he now has a pass to NOT ask Barry Soetoro about any of his gaffes.

Mission accomplished.

SouthernGent on June 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I thought this was a low blow and that he should have known better than to repeat the Left’s meme that Republican candidates are stupid. I’m a Palin fan, but the false stupidity meme predates her and Bush or Bachmann. This is just doing the Left’s work and no apology can undo the damage.

Stick it Trebek… err, Wallace.

MrX on June 26, 2011 at 6:16 PM

On the other hand… that video has all the atmosphere of having been shot after his being sent to his room… no TV, no open blinds, and no lights… Pray young man… for forgiveness.
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Are my Catholic School upbringings showing?
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RalphyBoy on June 26, 2011 at 6:17 PM

MJBrutus on June 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I like how you said that – a great snapshot of his abilities and professionalism.

Shame he isn’t around today. It’s almost as if the noted cable journalists have no role model and Russert would have been a great one to emulate.

sherry on June 26, 2011 at 6:17 PM

You know what? I’m done giving folks slack for things they say, and then apologize for. It’s a well-known idiom that it’s easier to apologize than to seek permission.

Think about what you say before you f’in say it, and don’t say anything you know is just plain f’in stupid, offensive or controversial. OR own it and don’t apologize.

Shame on Chris for the question in the first place. It was stupid and unprofessional. Fox New guy or not.

tickleddragon on June 26, 2011 at 6:19 PM

..I asked her about her history of controversial comments some would say gaffs…

I am at a loss to understand what he considers controversial about her comments. She speaks for a great majority of Americas. To say her comments and view points are controversial is a little perplexing to me. Is the new definition of controversial, “anything a liberal disagrees with.” Can’t wait until November 2012 when people like him are finally put in their place. Of course Michelle Bachman or someone like her ascending to the presidency would probably be considered controversial.

Tommy_G on June 26, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Hmmmmm….guess the lesson I’d wish on Mike, and other journos in general is…stuff his question in a tin can, then dangle it on a string tied to his back belt loop.
Let him drag it around into every interview, blog post, op-ed piece and news story even if it was a innocent remark/gesture/goof. You know, let it ‘define’ them from here until the Sun explodes.

Limerick on June 26, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Wallace is probably the most serious liberal repeater out there. When he has the gonads to say something about the lefts moronic memes, maybe I will cut him some slack. Nice apology though.

Rode Werk on June 26, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Are my Catholic School upbringings showing?
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RalphyBoy on June 26, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Hmmm. No way to check for ruler marks on the hands. You may be right.

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Yes, it was right for him to apologize, but “flake” was his word. During the questioning, he seemed to be fishing for just the right word and HE came up with flake.

If he wanted to ask her about being perhaps gaffe-prone or too extreme, those would have been legitimate questions. Flake? Nope.

Oink on June 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM

He owned up and like Ed said gave a real apology by owning what he said.
Good on him!

Amendment X on June 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM

So does this mean that Bill O will apologize for asking Sarah if she was stupid?

tencole on June 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Nothing like getting the ball rolling,is there?

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Can’t get a pump to give water if you don’t prime it.

darwin-t on June 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM

God forbid journalists ask good questions.

mythicknight on June 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM

He lost me when he used the word gaff. I was meant as an insult and wasn’t veiled at all.

Tommy_G on June 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM

How long before this thread transitions into “Palin walks on water” and “Bachmann is a witch”?

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

I really hope it doesn’t. Both women are fine conservatives and neither walk on water. I have a strong preferenece for Palin, but I just got done viewing Bachmann’s interview this morning with Wallace and I thought she carried herself well after being answered such a ridiculous question. And good on Wallace for apologizing.

Kataklysmic on June 26, 2011 at 6:23 PM

So does this mean that Bill O will apologize for asking Sarah if she was stupid?

tencole on June 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Doubtful. Wallace doesn’t have 1/10th the ego problems that BOR does.

Kataklysmic on June 26, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Chris: give yourself a week off without pay…

Khun Joe on June 26, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Fox news is just LSM-lite. Fewer calories, same aftertaste.

andy85719 on June 26, 2011 at 6:26 PM

I just watched the interview (waited for the entire interview on tv and didn’t watch the clips)and you could see from his expression and body language that he knew the question was wrong and going to get him in trouble. He is an azzhat and the apology seems empty at this point.

OmahaConservative on June 26, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Gosh, Chris should have used the tried and true media attack entrance to such “gotcha” questions; as in, “Some say…”

Don L on June 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Boy, you got that right. Russert did a terrific job of preparing for his interviews.
MJBrutus on June 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I used to love it when he’d talk about his dad, Big Russ. It’s a disgrace that David Gregory even holds that seat. I can’t even watch MTP anymore.

TxAnn56 on June 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

How long before this thread transitions into “Palin walks on water” and “Bachmann is a witch”?

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Palin , a loyal fighter with honor.

Bachmann , ed rollins in drag.

the_nile on June 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM

He lost me when he used the word gaff. I was meant as an insult and wasn’t veiled at all.

Tommy_G on June 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Gaff is for catching suckers – di you mean gaffe?

Don L on June 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM

He lost me when he used the word gaff.

Tommy_G on June 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Some of the things she’s said are gaffes by any objective observation. One that immediately comes to mind is the Lexington and Concord statement.

That’s not to say she’s an idiot, or a flake. But even Ronald Reagan said some “huh?” stuff in his day. Gaffes are not fatal.

KingGold on June 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM

As I posted on the other thread, he only apologized AFTER he received a bazillion emails telling him what a horses patout he was….imagine that!

sicoit on June 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Bill O is suffering from Oprah syndrome. You lose touch and take credit for everything while constantly advertising your merchandise and bragging about how much you give to charity. Also called celebrity-induced self-righteousness.

andy85719 on June 26, 2011 at 6:29 PM

horses=horses’

sicoit on June 26, 2011 at 6:29 PM

If he wanted to ask her about being perhaps gaffe-prone or too extreme, those would have been legitimate questions. Flake? Nope.

Oink on June 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Those aren’t legitimate questions. What a credible journalist would do is roll the video or read her words in context and ask her to explain herself. With that, you get the answer to whether or not it was a gaffe. He didn’t even get a determination as to whether or not what she said was an actual gaffe ( mistake ). He was pontificating it as such because he disagreed or got his feelings hurt at some point over some undetermined thing that she said.

Buddahpundit on June 26, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I genuinely like Wallace, but if you’ve ever heard his acerbic banter on the radio with Mike Gallagher, you know he’s capable of some really rough ribbing that comes mighty close to crossing the line. Maybe he lost himself for a moment here.

He may be sincere about his apology or he may just be alarmed at his audience’s response. Who’s to know? At any rate, I’m glad he apologised immediately. Herein lies the difference between someone with integrity who screws up and an Anthony Weiner; not comparing the two “behaviours” in any way, only the way they respond to their respective audiences.

Pilgrimsarbour on June 26, 2011 at 6:30 PM

How long before this thread transitions into “Palin walks on water” and “Bachmann is a witch”?

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

I was wondering how long before the anti-Palin forces would ask such a putdown question. Thanks for giving me the answer.

Don L on June 26, 2011 at 6:30 PM

That’s not to say she’s an idiot, or a flake. But even Ronald Reagan said some “huh?” stuff in his day. Gaffes are not fatal.

KingGold on June 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Most people do not know that Bachmann supports ethanol subsidies and has recieved over 250k in farm subsidies with her family through a trust for a farm she owns with her family. Subsidies and Tea party don’t mix

Also not well known yet is that Michele Bachmann wrote several letters to Bush adm in 2007 advocating a presidential pardon for Frank Vennes who was a large donor to her , Norm Coleman and Tim Pawlenty. Vennes pleaded guilty and no contest to federal charges of money laundering, cocaine and firearms trafficking in 1987. Pardons for fat cats and Tea Party don’t mix.

Last week Bachmann was caught using taxpayer-funded congresional office accounts to pay for campaign appearances which makes her no better than a petty thief. Not illegal but highly unethical and against House rules.

All of these things are hints of a woman with a lack of character who might sell out in the WH.

idesign on June 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Kudos to Wallace for learning a lesson and admitting to it.

It takes a big man to do that. Good on him.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Sure, but he still gets the air-kisses at the next liberal cocktail party on the circuit for that question.

slickwillie2001 on June 26, 2011 at 6:33 PM

I’m a Palin fan, but the false stupidity meme predates her and Bush or Bachmann.

MrX on June 26, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Chevy Chase imitating Ford and the golfball comes to mind.

TxAnn56 on June 26, 2011 at 6:33 PM

As I posted on the other thread, he only apologized AFTER he received a bazillion emails telling him what a horses patout he was….imagine that!

Well, one doesn’t always know that he’s screwed up until he hears it from others. For all we know it only took a few e-mails to convince him of his mistake.

Pilgrimsarbour on June 26, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Nice of Wallace to apologize. Oh, by the way, CBS News did a story on Bachmann and ran the Wallace clip

Maxpower on June 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Most people do not know that Bachmann supports ethanol subsidies and has recieved over 250k in farm subsidies with her family through a trust for a farm she owns with her family. Subsidies and Tea party don’t mix

idesign on June 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Are all tax lawyers banned from the tea party? Because I assure you, all of them claim everything that is available to reduce their clients burden to the government. They do the same for their own families. Would you hire one that didn’t?

Buddahpundit on June 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Good for him. Glad he took responsibility and apologized for what was clearly a very poor choice of both words and characterization.

LiquidH2O on June 26, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Buddahpundit on June 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Don’t even bother. That post was one giant Bachmann oppo dump. Probably cribbed directly from C4P’s main page.

Counterarguments are useless against it.

KingGold on June 26, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Just one more know nothing so called journalist.

Jim708 on June 26, 2011 at 6:40 PM

So, now he knows. The proper form for that type of question (for Republican candidates/officials only, of course) is, “When did you stop….”

Barnestormer on June 26, 2011 at 6:43 PM

KingGold on June 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I still believe the word gaffe (spelled it right this time) was used as an insult. He did it on purpose and with malice and forethought. His apology was hollow and probably recorded before the interview. Sometimes, sorry isn’t enough.

Tommy_G on June 26, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I guess he could have asked her if she is an idiot, a child-making machine, a Nazi, or whatever. She also has every right to ask a ridiculous question in response, like a responsible debater would.

leftnomore on June 26, 2011 at 6:46 PM

He is much more polished than his daddy.

dragondrop on June 26, 2011 at 6:47 PM

I was wondering how long before the anti-Palin forces would ask such a putdown question. Thanks for giving me the answer.

Don L on June 26, 2011 at 6:30 PM

And we’re off.

Most people do not know that Bachmann supports ethanol subsidies and has recieved over 250k in farm subsidies with her family through a trust for a farm she owns with her family. Subsidies and Tea party don’t mix

Also not well known yet is that Michele Bachmann wrote several letters to Bush adm in 2007 advocating a presidential pardon for Frank Vennes who was a large donor to her , Norm Coleman and Tim Pawlenty. Vennes pleaded guilty and no contest to federal charges of money laundering, cocaine and firearms trafficking in 1987. Pardons for fat cats and Tea Party don’t mix.

Last week Bachmann was caught using taxpayer-funded congresional office accounts to pay for campaign appearances which makes her no better than a petty thief. Not illegal but highly unethical and against House rules.

All of these things are hints of a woman with a lack of character who might sell out in the WH.

idesign on June 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Let the bashing begin Part Deux.

Knucklehead on June 26, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Kristen Powers is looking a little haggard and Hillaryesque today…

OmahaConservative on June 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Sometimes, sorry isn’t enough.

Tommy_G on June 26, 2011 at 6:44 PM

What would you suggest he do? Slit his wrists?

Rod on June 26, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Kristen Powers is looking a little haggard and Hillaryesque today…

OmahaConservative on June 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

She’s still recuperating from Weinergate.

TxAnn56 on June 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

She is a nice woman but she does ngt come across very well and he was rude to ask that question as he would never ask it of a Democrat.

Hilts on June 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Kristen Powers is looking a little haggard and Hillaryesque today…

OmahaConservative on June 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Covering for the people and policies that she does will do that for you.

darwin-t on June 26, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I will give Bachmann credit though,unlike Palin she actually goes into not friendly interviews (i.e. not Hannity or Van Susteren).

Hilts on June 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Wallace is a good guy. I think he was trying to give her the chance to respond to Leftist attacks that she is a flake. She gave a good answer and scored points.

BillCarson on June 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I’m glad he apologized well but he’s gonna feel worse when that new moniker becomes her nickname. Just wait until tomorrow if it hasn’t already started up.

princetrumpet on June 26, 2011 at 6:55 PM

He is an azzhat and the apology seems empty at this point.

OmahaConservative on June 26, 2011 at 6:26 PM

I totally agree with you, OC.

On our local 6:00 news tonight, the clip of Wallace asking the ‘flake’ question was shown, along with MB’s answer. And wonder of wonders, there was no mention made whatsoever of Wallace’s so-called apology.

Damage done. Mission accomplished. The Palinization of MB

GrannyDee on June 26, 2011 at 6:55 PM

How long before this thread transitions into “Palin walks on water” and “Bachmann is a witch”?

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Isn’t it usually the other way around?

pseudoforce on June 26, 2011 at 6:55 PM

At least it shows that Chris Wallace is not Chris Matthews. He at least manned up and admitted to a big gaffe of his own. Still, Ed’s point should be well taken. When will the media focus just a wee bit on our messianic dear leader’s daily gaffes, missteps, and outrages?

simkeith on June 26, 2011 at 6:56 PM

I still believe the word gaffe (spelled it right this time) was used as an insult. He did it on purpose and with malice and forethought. His apology was hollow and probably recorded before the interview. Sometimes, sorry isn’t enough.

Tommy_G on June 26, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Come on. How many of these people all indignant with Wallace were equally indignant with O’Reilly’s badgering of Palin? I don’t see a problem with either.

pseudoforce on June 26, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Chevy Chase imitating Ford and the golfball comes to mind.

TxAnn56 on June 26, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Chase admitted a few years ago that he was simply doing what he could to help the democratic party.

slickwillie2001 on June 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

The problem is that the “gaffs” of Republicans are an “Issue”…

… and “gaffs” by Democrats are not.

Then the “meme” is created, played upon, reported as fact, used as materials on late night comedy shows, worked it’s way into “pop culture”, taught in classrooms, editorials are written, it becomes “common knowledge” with no facts or proof, and if you challenge it, you are just as dumb…

… Stick that up your a%s Chris, and chew on it while you are on vacation.

Seven Percent Solution on June 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Good on Chris for the apology, but maybe he should keep his Bill Maher wanna-be act under control. Talk about low-sloping foreheads.

Perhaps he could have found a more tactful way to inquire about her credibility. What journalistic gravitas? She was insulted and had every right to be.

Philly on June 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

…Bachmann …has recieved over 250k in farm subsidies with her family through a trust for a farm she owns with her family. Subsidies and Tea party don’t mix.

idesign on June 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I’m sorry, but this is standard, liberal garbage and does not belong in a conservative thread.

We live in a republic. In a republic, one advocates laws as one thinks they ought to be — and then, one lives with whatever laws actually get passed.

If the law permits her farm to receive subsidies, she’s a damned fool if she does not apply for and receive those subsidies. There is absolutely nothing inconsistent with advocating the abolition of subsidies, but accepting them so long as they are permissible. That’s how republics work.

By the same logic, I am staunchly opposed to government-paid health insurance, but I live in Massachusetts, and I’m unemployed. If I don’t obtain the government insurance, I’ll have no insurance at all. Do you demand that I go without insurance to prove my conservative bona fides? No? Then why the hell are you insisting Rep. Bachmann forgo legal subsidies?

Alinsky-addled leftists insist that Republicans, and only Republicans, must behave as though the things they advocate are the law, even when they’re not the law. Don’t go making their ridiculous case for them.

philwynk on June 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Maybe he did to steel the spine of the base to rally around Bachman. Yes, that must be it!

SouthernGent on June 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM

If the law permits her farm to receive subsidies, she’s a damned fool if she does not apply for and receive those subsidies. There is absolutely nothing inconsistent with advocating the abolition of subsidies, but accepting them so long as they are permissible. That’s how republics work.

philwynk on June 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Yeah, but that’s like Democrats preaching “soak the rich” while trying to find every loophole and dodge they can find to avoid paying their own taxes. Pretty soon, it becomes hypocrisy.

pseudoforce on June 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

>Most people do not know that Bachmann supports ethanol subsidies and has recieved over 250k in farm subsidies with her family through a trust for a farm she owns with her family. Subsidies and Tea party don’t mix<

idesign on June 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM

She told Wallace this morning that she doesn’t own the farm – it belongs to her father-in-law. She has not received anything in subsidies.

GrannySunni on June 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Bachmann strikes me as less of a flake than Palin; I’d be more inclined to vote for Bachmann.

Pilgrimsarbour on June 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Fox news is just LSM-lite. Fewer calories, same aftertaste.
andy85719 on June 26, 2011 at 6:26 PM

You are delusional.

Stupid question. Good for apologizing. Move on.

blatantblue on June 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Think about what you say before you f’in say it, and don’t say anything you know is just plain f’in stupid, offensive or controversial. OR own it and don’t apologize.

Shame on Chris for the question in the first place. It was stupid and unprofessional. Fox New guy or not.

tickleddragon on June 26, 2011 at 6:19 PM

I have to agree with dragon here. As long as that man has been in this business, he knew from the jump that question was out of line. Don’t act/speak like a jerk to begin with, and you’ll have nothing apologize for. Wallace is a hack.

predator on June 26, 2011 at 7:11 PM

What would you suggest he do? Slit his wrists?

Rod on June 26, 2011 at 6:50 PM

A true act of contrition should include some sort of penance, perhaps a promise not to act as shamefully in the future and even a little compensation to the injured party.

Tommy_G on June 26, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Wallace is a good man. No matter where he political bent lies.

carbon_footprint on June 26, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Bachmann strikes me as less of a flake than Palin;

Pilgrimsarbour on June 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM

The video records of both gives the lie to that. Bachmann’s past appearances on all these cable shows are going to be a treasure trove. She’s ripe for ridicule and satirization and attack. Now let’s see if she and her supporters can bear up, shall we?

pseudoforce on June 26, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Knucklehead on June 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM

LOL

idesign on June 26, 2011 at 7:17 PM

TxAnn56 on June 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

darwin-t on June 26, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Poor thing was cute and perky just this Spring…
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Sad what carrying someone Else’s water can do for another.

OmahaConservative on June 26, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Wallace is a good man. No matter where he political bent lies.

carbon_footprint on June 26, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I’ve no doubt. My whole point before is that his question, stupid as he admits, is just that a trip on the carpet. I believe him a fair man. What I hope happens is that the real lesson here is that politicos trip on the carpet too. To pigeonhole them for that trip is just as wrong has pigeonholing Chris for his stupid question.

Limerick on June 26, 2011 at 7:20 PM

There are “some” people who think every candidate is a flake. I look forward to Wallace asking Obama and the rest of the candidates if they are flakes.

RJL on June 26, 2011 at 7:20 PM

President Obama, are you a flake? I mean, how can you screw up a Medal Of Honor recipient, and tell the surviving sevicemembers of his company that you gave the medal to a living soldier… when he was dead?

Are you worse than a flake, sir, ~are you not an incompetent, callous idiot?

profitsbeard on June 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Ed is way too forgiving. While definitely better than some of his peers, Wallace is still a biased media flak. He was raised with the arrogance of “journalism” and he’s completely incapable of conducting himself without it always lurking just below the surface.

The media is the core problem. Fix that and everything else follows.

JeffB. on June 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

President Obama, are you a flake? I mean, how can you screw up a Medal Of Honor recipient, and tell the surviving sevicemembers of his company that you gave the medal to a living soldier… when he was dead?

Are you worse than a flake, sir, ~are you not an incompetent, callous idiot?

profitsbeard on June 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

BOR would rip Wallace’s heart out.

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

I’ve got no beef with Chris Wallace. He has proven himself ethical and diligent in his reporting many times over throughout the years. I’ll forgive him this oversight of semantics. He is deserving. For him to ‘man up’ like this is also another reason to continue accepting his work as ethical and duly diligent.

FlatFoot on June 26, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Wallace is a good man.

Everyone makes mistakes. The difference is, Wallace actually owned up to it.

Makes me respect him even more.

neoavatara on June 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Wallace is still a biased media flak.

JeffB. on June 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Didn’t you mean to say flake?

MJBrutus on June 26, 2011 at 7:34 PM

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