Michele Bachmann’s high-profile entrance into the 2012 presidential race has been a boon to a media with a short attention span for issues pertinent to statecraft. Largely ignoring any actual qualifications the Minnesota congresswoman might have to abandon her position in the nation’s most important governing body and serve instead as President, news reporters, “journalists,” and political commentators have, instead, fixated over the past few weeks on where Bachmann attends church, what medications she may or may not be taking for a “medical condition,” and her husband’s education and career. For instance, the media thought it important to drill down deep to find out why the Bachmann family left one church to join another. Similarly, in the journalistic tradition of the National Enquirer, the Daily Caller employed a series of anonymous quotes from “former” aides, advisors, and such to create a sensational news story about a “stress-related condition” that supposedly “incapacitates” Bachmann on a regular basis. With a headline that alleged “heavy pill use” on the part of the Minnesota congresswoman, the story couldn’t fail to gain traction among a news media hungry for any bit of spice in Bachmann’s candidacy.
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