Saturday, July 16, 2011

Marcus Bachmann lies again - 'Barbarian' tape not doctored

In response to the controversy regarding his clinic's use of "ex-gay" therapy, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus, gave an interview with the Star-Tribune in which he tried to shoot down the allegations.

However, if Bachmann was using the interview in order to quell the controversy, he was very unsuccessful. The interview raises more questions, specifically about a claim he made regarding gays.

The claim, that gays are like barbarians, has gotten the most play in the media. In the Star-Tribune interview, Bachmann claimed that the tape of him making the claim was doctored:

 . . . an audiotape circulating on the Internet depicts Bachmann as calling gays barbarians in a 2010 interview he gave to the "Point of View" Christian radio talk show.

"We have to understand: Barbarians need to be educated,'' Bachmann's voice is heard saying on the tape. "They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn't mean that we are supposed to go down that road.''

Bachmann said that someone must have doctored the recording of the interview, in which he addressed child discipline as well as homosexuality and sex education.

 . . . "I was talking in reference to children. Nothing, nothing to do with homosexuality. That's not my mindset. That's not my belief system. That's not the way I would talk," Bachmann said.

In response to Bachmann's claim, the news program Hardball played the entire clip. And what does it show?

The simple fact that Bachmann was being deceptive. He was talking about children who come out to their parents.

Therefore, he was in fact talking about gays:

For those keeping score, that's two lies which can be attributed to Bachmann. The first lie was when he initially denied that his clinic engages in "ex-gay therapy."

Related post:

Michele Bachmann bashes Whoopi Goldberg to raise money

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Mary O'Grady said...

We can tack on one more lie: "Dr." Bachmann does not have a real, earned PhD. What he's got came from a diploma mill.

Bob O said...

Got a link Mary? I sure hope you do. If true, I would love to see this covered as well.
And, someone should call the christian radio station and see if they'll lie too.
I find that a lot with xtians. They claim they follow jebus, yet can't tell the truth.

AKoltz said...

"He is not registered with any of the three boards that certify mental health practitioners and professions in the state. The Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy confirmed to POLITICO that Bachmann is not licensed with them. And a search of the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy license database returns no result.

Trisha Stark, of the Minnesota Psychological Association, said that the title “clinical therapist” is not widely used in professional circles and that Bachmann is able to operate his clinic because of state rules regarding mental health practice."

“Minnesota is one of the only states in which you can practice mental health without a license,” Stark said.

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Anonymous said...

"I was talking in reference to children. Nothing, nothing to do with homosexuality. That's not my mindset. That's not my belief system. That's not the way I would talk," Bachmann said."

So, Mr. Bachmann thinks a good line of defense for his self-hate and bigotry is that he was calling children barbarians instead of Homosexuals. There isn't much one can say about that.

southpaugh said...

Bachman wasn't merely referring to homosexuals or children as barbarian, but specifically homosexual children, kids who have bucked the trend and pressures to come out, who are precisely the most vulnerable among his targets for vilification. Class act, he. Good luck spinning that. But, then, paranoia and insanity are ends to themselves. As with most types of insanity, those infected with religious delusion insist on dragging everybody else down into their roiling misery.

Haha! The word verification for this comment is "commie." Ain't life grand?