Yesterday we posted a video of Rep. Michele Bachmann on Pajamas TV talking about the outbreak of swine flu. She decided to try and make some slight connection between Democratic presidents and swine flu, but failed miserably because her fact was just plain wrong.
"I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence."Wrong. The first cases that spurred the swine flu vaccinations actually happened in 1976 under Republican President Gerald Ford when some Fort Dix soldiers became ill. Carter continued the vaccinations when he took office.
The story spread across the blogosphere, made it in some major political publications, and was picked up by the Associated Press. We're all Bachmann crazy.
Check out the roundup of coverage below.
Here is the original quote:
Politico noted our fact check and the story seems to have taken off from there. Pretty soon Wonkette, Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, and the Associated Press was on it.
Locally, DumpBachmann, MinnPost, and Minnesota Independent made note of it among many others.
We're not sure if this is Bachmann's dream come true or worth nightmare.
The comment made it on TV too, with a brief mention on MSNBC. Keith Olbermann discussed it and then nominated her as one of the worst people in the world for something else.
But at the end of the day, Bachmann isn't all bad. The HuffPo gave her a little credit for something good.