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© R.J. Matson

Yesterday, the Obama campaign press secretary released a statement criticizing Michele Bachmann and her declared policies — more tax cuts for the rich, undoing Medicare and health insurance reform, repealing Wall Street reforms, and maintaining loopholes for oil and gas companies. Bachmann’s response (on Fox News of course) is classic:

I think clearly what this demonstrates is that the president of the United States is afraid of my candidacy. He fears me.

Speaking of Fox News, Bachmann also claimed that Fox anchor Chris Wallace called her to personally apologize for asking her in an interview on Sunday if she was a “flake”.

UPDATE: Someone has been updating Wikipedia to make it reflect reality according to Bachmann. This would be hilarious if it weren’t so frightening. For example, Bachmann gave a speech in Waterloo, Iowa and said she was proud to be in the town where John Wayne was from, but John Wayne was actually from Winterset, Iowa (several hundred miles away), although serial killer John Wayne Gacy was. Soon after, someone edited the Wikipedia page for John Wayne and changed his birthplace from Winterset to Waterloo.

Bachmann also claimed that John Quincy Adams was one of the “founding fathers” of our country (even though he was a mere child when his father signed the Declaration of Independence). But sure enough, Wikipedia was edited so that John Quincy was named as a founding father. The edits aren’t limited to Bachmann. When Sarah Palin mangled the telling of the ride of Paul Revere, a series of edits were made to Wikipedia in an attempt to support her fictional version.

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8 Comments

  1. The wiki change might have been a subtle joke from someone who remembers the recent Palin factwars. :)

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink
  2. johnny ro wrote:

    George Orwell would approve the tactic.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 4:33 am | Permalink
  3. H. Rider Haggard wrote:

    Chill out. Wikipedia is amazingly resistant to vandalism, and any attempt to alter reality is quickly rejected. The site is a heaven of empowerment for all the quibblers, nitpickers, and know-it-alls of the world.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 7:55 am | Permalink
  4. Sid F. wrote:

    We are afraid of Michelle Bachmann, just not the way she thinks, as this post here shows.

    http://dismalpoliticaleconomist.blogspot.com/2011/06/yes-we-are-afraid-of-michelle-bachmann.html

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink
  5. ebdoug wrote:

    http://www.johnwaynebirthplace.org/

    Who ever changed it on the John Wayne site, forgot to change it on the John Wayne birthplace museum.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink
  6. Jason Ray wrote:

    I think the fact that conservative extremists would lie and try to change histoiry rather than admitting to even the smallest of gaffes tells us everything we need to know about them and their candidates.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
  7. Bard wrote:

    You guys know that there’s a Conservapedia out there too? The founder believed that Wikipedia had too strong a liberal bias. So I decided to check their Paul Revere article, and it has a section saying Palin was right and the source being a conversation on NPR. I read the NPR log, and of course the historian said that Palin was right in the loosest possible interpretation of what she said.

    Someone edited the JQA article to make him a founding father, but they did convert that back.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink
  8. Iron Knee wrote:

    More about Conservapedia – http://politicalirony.com/2009/12/04/remaking-god-in-their-own-image/

    Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink