Have you ever thought to yourself, “My God, the press is just constantly ripping into Michele Bachmann. She couldn’t possibly be telling as many lies as these fact-checkers are reporting. You know, I bet she’s actually pretty normal in real life.”
No? Yeah, neither have we. And we would be correct, because, actually, it turns out the fact-checkers have been going easy on Michele all these years.
During a panel discussion about fact-checking at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Jim Drinkard, the Associated Press (AP) editor who oversees the wire service’s fact-checking work, said that the AP actually had to limit the number of lies they reported during the Republican debates:
We had to have a self-imposed Michele Bachmann quota in some of those debates.
After the session, Drinkard said that there wasn’t an actual numerical quota on Bachmann at the AP. It’s just that they literally could not keep pace with the number of lies she told and were worried that if the AP had gone back and vetted all of her claims that seemed a bit dubious, the result would “overload” the debate story.
Drinkard, who is apparently fond of massive understatements, added, “Often she was just more prone to statements that just didn’t add up.”
And now, just for your entertainment, here are some of Bachmann’s greatest hits:
Whew, okay, we’re going to stop there. Drinkard’s right: this gets exhausting after a while.
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