St. Cloud Times gives Bachmann free pass

​Last week, MinnPost gave controversial conservative scribe Katherine Kersten a free megaphone for her oft-repeated views on everything from gay marriage to liberal rage. On Sunday, the St. Cloud Times did something similar for District 6 conservative Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann. 

Both interviews were published in a question-and-answer format in which the interviewers pitched softball questions and then never challenged their subjects on any of their assertions.

St. Cloud Times Washington correspondent Larry Bivens penned the Bachmann interview. Here's a sample exchange:

Q: Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on MSNBC that moderates need to fall in line with the conservative base of the Republican Party. Do you agree?

A: I think that he's accurate that they would do well to come over to the conservative position, because that is where the greatest percentage of Americans are today. After all, we have to remember we rule by the consent of the governed, and so it's important for us to be where the people are, and people don't like this idea of big government and they don't like spending more money than we have.

Just a month ago, Pawlenty joined forces with the likes of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to endorse the Conservative Party's Doug Hoffman in a campaign to unseat Republican Dede Scozzafava in New York's District 23 congressional race.

Scozzafava was deemed not sufficiently conservative. She dropped out of the race.

Democrat Bill Owens won the election.