Michele Bachmann‘s campaign has accused CBS News of bias against their campaign, after an email exchange was talking about not giving her as many questions in Saturday’s debate (Nov. 12) as the other candidates was accidentally CC’d to Bachmann’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart, reports CNN.
Stewart had volunteered Bachmann for a post-debate webcast and CBS News political director John Dickerson responded via email to a CBS staffer, apparently unaware Stewart was included on the email chain, “Okay let’s keep it loose though since she’s not going to get many questions and she’s nearly off the charts in the hopse that we can get someone else.”
The Bachmann campaign has posted the email exchange on its Facebook page, calling the email “concrete evidence confirming what every conservative already knows –
the liberal mainstream media elites are manipulating the Republican
debates by purposely suppressing our conservative message and limiting
The Bachmann campaign posted the emails on its Facebook page.
In a statement to CNN, a CBS News spokesperson says, “It was a candid exchange about the reality of the circumstances-Bachmann remains at 4% in the polls.”
And political director Dickerson agrees, saying “Bachmann is at 4% in the polls and has been for a while. Other candidates aren’t. I sent an email based on that.”
But Bachmann’s campaign manager had some words about Dickerson, saying to reporters after the debate, “He’s a piece of s***. He is a fraud and he should be fired.”
And Bachmann said to reporters, “I think it’s only respectful to allow the candidates to be able to
speak and not intentionally ahead of time make a decision to limit
candidates’ opportunity to speak to the American people. Clearly this was an example of media bias.”
Does she have a point that every candidate should be given the same amount of time and/or questions? Or with only a few weeks left until the Iowa causes and New Hampshire primary, should the debates be focusing on the frontrunners?