Bachmann on Fallon

GOP candidate Michelle Bachmann appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show last week, which resulted in some interesting outcomes. I think that late night programs can be beneficial in some ways to gain exposure to a different type of audience. Obama has appeared on late night programs more than any of his other predecessors. It has been seen that a candidate may appear to also play damage control. During the first wave of accusations with Cain, he appeared on Kimmel’s show, where he denied the allegations. In terms  Bachmann visit last week, it came with mixed reviews.

Typically when a new guest is introduced, the house band, the Roots, plays a song that “describes” the guest. It  decided to play the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ ass Bitch” when Bachmann appeared. Was this appropriate? Would they have played the same song for Hillary Clinton? Michelle Obama? I believe that this was extremely inappropriate. It was reported that this was a spur of the moment decision made by the drummer, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Should he be fired? What if Don Imus was the drummer? Though there were apologies made, i think this shows the type of network NBC really is, described by some as anti-conservative and sexist. Bachmann later stated “Of course I accept the apology but my guess is that it would have been the president of the NBC that would have been apologizing, not a senior vice president.”

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  • hartwe60  On December 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

    This raises an interesting debate. According to the Supreme Court corporation have free speech so couldn’t NBC simply claim that they think Michelle Bachmann is a “Lyin’ as* Bi***””. Also Late Night with Jimmy Fallon doesn’t claim to be a news show and therefore I don’t feel falls under the traditional unbias news reporting that we expect from news shows. However the bottom line is that what the band did was just rude.

  • Ian Fong  On December 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

    It was unfortunate that youtube banned the video before I got to watch the video….

  • annwatt  On December 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

    One of the most impactful positive uses of a late night show appearance was when Bill Clinton played the saxophone, I think it was on Saturday Night Live.

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