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NBC Now Screening The Roots' Music Choices for 'Late Night'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 9th 2011 11:10AM
The Roots NBCFallout from 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon''s Michele Bachmann intro music controversy continues.

According to EW, The Roots, the in-house band on 'Late Night,' must now get their song choices approved by NBC. The band's frontman Questlove said he understands the need for the new process.

"It's still a comedy show, so they promise not to step on my toes or that type of thing, but they definitely want to know the title of the song, the subject matter of the song, can it be seen as an insult?" he said.

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'The View' Discusses the Michele Bachmann Intro Song Controversy (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 28th 2011 4:40PM
Last week, when the women of 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) discussed Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's 'One Word' appearance on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' the conversation focused mostly on the awkwardness of the segment and Bachmann's jabs at her fellow Republican nominees. But after their initial chat, the national conversation about the appearance re-focused on the intro music that Fallon's house band The Roots played as Bachmann walked onto the stage, a song entitled 'Lyin' Ass Bitch.'

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NBC Apologizes to Michele Bachmann for 'Late Night' Walk On Music

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2011 6:00AM
Jimmy Fallon apologized to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann Tuesday night for the fact that his 'Late Night' house band The Roots played a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song called 'Lyin' Ass B*tch' as she was introduced on the show.

Bachmann accepted his apology but demanded one from NBC as well. Doing the rounds of TV and radio talk shows Wednesday Bachmann alleged that NBC's failure to act in the matter demonstrated that she was a victim "of bias from the Hollywood Entertainment elite."

Now the AP reports that the GOP Presidential candidate has received an apology from NBC. According to Bachmann's spokeswoman Alice Stewart, the network's vice president for late night programming, Doug Vaughan, wrote to her offering his most sincere apologies.

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Jimmy Fallon Apologizes to Michele Bachmann for 'Late Night' Walk On Music

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 23rd 2011 8:33AM
Michele Bachmann on 'Late Night''Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' house band The Roots sparked controversy Monday night when, as guest Michele Bachmann was introduced, they played a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song called 'Lyin' Ass B*tch.'

On Tuesday Bachmann's Democratic colleague, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (New York), protested the choice of song and issued a statement calling on NBC to apologize.

After Monday night's show Jimmy Fallon joked that bandleader Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson had been reprimanded, tweeting "@questlove is grounded." However, Tuesday night he went further and apologized: "I'm honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I'm so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back."

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'The View' Ladies Mock Michele Bachmann's 'One Word' Fallon Interview (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 22nd 2011 1:45PM
Michele Bachmann's awkward interview on 'Late Night' is making the rounds on the web after she played a game of 'One Word' with Jimmy Fallon. With the lights dimmed, Fallon tried to take the Congresswoman through some word association, but before he could get the game started she blurted out "Partymonkey!" and "cranberries." Once they finally got going, she used the opportunity to toss a few zingers at her fellow Republican presidential candidates.

Tuesday on 'The View,' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) the panel replayed a clip from the interview and went around the table sharing the one word they'd use to describe Bachmann. "Oops!" cracked Joy Behar. Barbara Walters chose not to share hers. "I don't think I will say it," she demurred. "Bonehead!" offered Sherri Shepherd. Whoopi Goldberg put a bow on the ladies' Bachmann opinions. "She looked fantastic ... but she's not presidential material, I'm sorry, she's not. Just my opinion."

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Colbert Addresses Bachmann's Accusation of Liberal Media Bias Against Her (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 5:15AM
'The Colbert Report'Michele Bachmann was clearly not happy with how things went on the CBS Republican debate this past Saturday night. She didn't get a post-debate sit down, and felt she wasn't given equal opportunity during the debate. On 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Stephen Colbert had her response to the slights.

The meet at the end was cancelled because the network didn't feel she would get many questions and her poll numbers weren't that strong. Of course, Bachmann's camp wasn't supposed to know all of this -- blame "Reply All" for that one. So she took to the air calling it a liberal bias on the part of CBS.

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Colbert Explains Bachmann's Metaphors About the Hurricane and Earthquake (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 7th 2011 5:29AM
'The Colbert Report'Michele Bachmann stirred up a little bit of controversy recently when she said, "I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake. We've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you gonna start listening to me here?'"

Luckily, 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) is there to set it all straight.

Bachmann later went on television and explained that she obviously wasn't speaking literally. She was making a metaphor for emphasis. Stephen Colbert helped explain it so we'd better understand.

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Kathy Griffin Carefully Presents Her Opinion of Marcus Bachmann (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 2nd 2011 5:48AM
Kathy Griffin, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Kathy Griffin was very careful in how she worded her thoughts on Michele Bachmann's husband Marcus on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). But, carefully chosen words or not, she made it very clear what her take on this man was.

"I would say that Marcus Bachmann reminds me of a lot of the type of men who come see my live shows," Griffin said, referring to the large number of gay men who support her.

She was even going to name her special after Bachmann's "Pray the Gay Away" initiative. "I was going to call the special 'Pray the Gay Back,'" she said, but Bravo changed the name to 'Kathy Griffin Pants Off.'

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Colbert: Michele Bachmann Is One Randy Travis Petting Zoo From the White House (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 16th 2011 5:10AM
'The Colbert Report'After winning the Iowa Straw Poll, Stephen Colbert has confidence that Michele Bachmann may just have the winning formula to become the next President of the United States of America. On 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), he said he was impressed that she reportedly handed out 6,000 voting tickets and got 4,823 votes.

"Bachmann got a commanding 80% of the votes she paid for," he said.

Furthermore, her combination of air conditioning, chairs, Randy Travis and a petting zoo in her tent proved to be a winning combination to the Iowans who came by, as was the food.

"I say this proves she could win the general election," Colbert said. "Assuming she can get 50 million voters into a field, pack them with barbecue, and let their children pet Randy Travis."

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Jerry Seinfeld Slaps Jon Stewart to Stop Him Telling Marcus Bachmann Jokes (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2011 4:39AM
Jerry Seinfeld, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Just like Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, reportedly used therapy to encourage gay people to go straight, Jerry Seinfeld came on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) to use therapy to help Jon Stewart not crack jokes at Bachmann's more effeminate traits.

And he used the most abrupt and startling therapy methods known to modern medicine ... and barbaric medicine as well. He slapped sense into Stewart when he couldn't control his urges to crack jokes about Bachmann's dance moves or his speaking voice.

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Colbert Gives His Take on Michele Bachmann Comparing Herself to John Wayne (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 3:57AM
Michelle Bachmann, 'The Colbert Report'Michele Bachmann had a strong image in her mind when she compared herself to John Wayne, who she said was also from Waterloo, Iowa.

Unfortunately, while movie star John Wayne was from Iowa, the only John Wayne from Waterloo, Iowa was serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Stephen Colbert
, at least, was there to support her on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

"Yes, psycho-sexual serial killer John Wayne Gacy is from Waterloo," he admitted. "But that's semantics. You say po-tay-to, I say mass murdering po-tah-to."

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George Stephanopoulos and Michele Bachmann Spar Over the Founding Fathers and Slavery (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 5:00PM
George Stephanopoulos and Michele Bachmann on 'Good Morning America' Michele Bachmann has only been an officially-declared presidential candidate for 36 hours, but she's already on the defensive over her propensity for making controversial, factually dubious statements. Monday, the news cycle feasted after she gaffed by mistaking the home town of serial killer John Wayne Gacy for that of film legend John Wayne. Tuesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), George Stephanopoulos pressed her on a statement she made months ago that the founding fathers had "worked tirelessly to end slavery."

"You have the worst record of making false statements of any of the leading contenders," Stephanopoulos said. Challenging Bachmann on the statement concerning slavery, Stephanopoulos pointed out that many of the founding fathers, including Washington and Jefferson, were slaveholders.

Bachmann first responded evasively. "What our Constitution has done for our nation is to give us the basis of freedom unparalleled in the rest of the world," Bachmann replied. "That's what people want to get back to because they realize that our government is taking away our freedom."

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Meghan McCain Rips Michele Bachmann's State of the Union Rebuttal: 'No Better Than a Poor Man's Sarah Palin' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 27th 2011 4:26AM
Meghan McCain, 'The Last Word with Lawrence O'DonnellThe Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain was on 'The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell' (Wed., 8PM on MSNBC), where she and the host responded to GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's response to the State of the Union address. MSNBC did not air the response, but CNN did, which McCain thinks they "should be ashamed of."

O'Donnell called Bachmann's statements the "second response to the State of the Union Address," because the designated Republican response had already been given. He agreed with McCain "about how there were these different people who are just using their platforms to their own personal advantage, rather than thinking about what it means for the party."

"I think it's important to note that Michele Bachmann is not a leader, and she's not the leader of the Republican Party," McCain said in response. She went on to say that Bachmann "is no better than a poor man's Sarah Palin."

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Michele Bachmann Plays Coy on Her Presidential Run (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 6th 2011 8:00PM
Rumors of Michele Bachmann's presidential ambitions have begun to swirl, and the Minnesota congresswoman did nothing to dispel them during an appearance 'On the Record With Greta Van Susteren' (weekdays, 10PM ET on Fox News.)

At first Bachmann attributed the talk of a 2012 run to the fact she that is scheduled to make a series of speeches in Iowa, a state with a first-in-the-nation caucus that makes it an essential stop for anyone considering a presidential bid. Then when Van Susteren asked her point blank if she was running, Bachmann responded with a non-answer that began "I am not focused on my personal ambitions ..."

You haven't said no," Van Susteren pressed further. "What would convince you that maybe you should run for president and what would discourage you?

"I just think that's the wrong question to ask for the next year," Bachmann deflected.

Because of her looks, her Tea Party sensibilities and her Northern accent, Bachmann is often likened to Sarah Palin. Which raises the possibility that she's keeping rumors of a presidential bid alive long enough just to score her very own reality TV show.

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Chris Matthews Finds Michele Bachmann's Presence on House Intelligence Committee Hilarious (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 21st 2010 12:40AM
Chris Matthews, who has made his displeasure with Michele Bachmann known in the past, cackled with laughter on "Hardball" (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) when he received a news flash that the Minnesota congresswoman had been appointed to the congressional intelligence committee.

"Congressmen Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has been named to the Intelligence Committee," Matthews read.

"What genius, Howard (Fineman), thought this was the perfect match?" Matthews wondered, his laughter making it clear he believes Bachmann lacks the prerequisite to serve on the intelligence committee.

"I have no comebacks," Fineman responded, as Matthews continued to laugh. "That speaks for itself."

Nobody is ever going to accuse Matthews of shying away from the easy joke.

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