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Apr 1st, 2010

Summary: On the March 30, 2010 edition of “Reality Check” on WCCO 4 News at 10, political reporter Pat Kessler fact-checked four claims Rep. Michele Bachmann made on CBS “Face the Nation” regarding healthcare reform. Kessler’s scorecard: “wrong,” “false,” “out of context,” “not true” (0 for 4 — three strikes and a foul ball). … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 1, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann was the featured politician on the MSNBC program 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’s “Hypocrisy Watch.”

Mar 18th, 2009

Summary: On Friday, March 13, 2009 MSNBC “Countdown” featured a segment titled “Pork Princess: Bachmann’s Earmark Delusion,” in which anchor Keith Olbermann berated U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for signing a “No Earmarks” pledge, violating her own pledge by shamelessly requesting millions of dollars in earmarks, and then dishonestly claiming she had not requested any earmarks.