Remember when Sarah Palin was interviewed during the last presidential election cycle and criticized Hillary Clinton for complaining about how the press covered her? Remember? Palin said something along the lines that Hillary’s complaints set women back and that’s not how to do things. And then Palin proceeds to do just that – complain about how that ‘lamestream’ media covers her. Now we have Michele Bachmann, taking a page out of Palin’s book, and complaining about – wait for it – how the media covers her.
Like a really bad reality TV show the media is more inclined to report on sensationalistic memes or flat make stuff up in order to court viewers but if ya bring somethin’ up, if the words come outta your mouth why is what you say off limits to ‘reporter’s’ questions? Bachmann would rather not have anyone ask about her (and I paraphrase) “I’m subservient to my husband” statement. Claiming the media wouldn’t ask that question of a man.
(READER WARNING – IF YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN/TEA PARTY/EVANGELICAL MEMBER YOU MIGHT WANT TO SET DOWN FOR THIS NEXT BIT) Well, Michele, you are correct the media wouldn’t ask that question of a man (END OF READER WARNING)…
and the reason they wouldn’t is because a man running for political office would never stand up at the podium and say “I’m subservient to my wife” because, Michele, if he ever did I can pretty much guarantee you the media would be all over that statement like a duck on a June bug.
Now Michele is backing off that saying ‘subservient’ means ‘respect.’ In what space/time continuum is that true? I’m thinking that with all her vast schooling Michele has somehow overlooked the definitions of subservient and respect and I’d like to help her out. Michele, here’s the definition of subservient from Merriam Webster: (1) Useful in an inferior (2) serving to promote some end [and my personal favorite] (3) obsequiously submissive. Now here’s the definition of respect: (1) a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation (2) an act of giving particular attention. Mmmmm other than the words “an” there really isn’t any similarity between the two definitions.
While I realize Michele is saying the particular passage from the Bible that deals with women being subservient to her man husband kinda means respect, it doesn’t. Here’s the passage. But rather than pick apart the Bible and it’s meaning, rather than deal with the fact that the Bible has been translated into a pale imitation of it’s original words, rather than admit the Bible was compiled/translated during a particularly patriarchal time in our history, let’s just deal with the bottom line here which is if you say something why is what you say off limits to the press?
Running for public office puts you, Michele Bachmann, in the (gasp) public eye which means what you do and say is under media scrutiny. Certainly this cannot be a surprise to you. If you don’t want the ‘unfair coverage’ then measure your words and for God’s sake think before you speak. In spite of your best efforts to pull a Palin, you won’t be able to avoid media scrutiny as well as Sarah Palin did, because Sarah Palin had time working in her favor since she was only in the race for around eight weeks. You, on the other hand, have an entire year plus of explaining your statements ahead of you.