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Michele Bachmann and the New Media: A Timeline

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The Michele Bachmann story highlights the power and influence that the New Media has achieved.

By now we have all heard the infamous vitriolic "anti-American" statements made by Republican Representative Michele Bachmann over the weekend and her call for a 21st century witch hunt into the anti-American views she believes are held by some in Congress. What I found fascinating about this story is just how obvious the reporting on it was led by New Media sites, Progressive sites, and bloggers. The local mainstream media outlets here in Minnesota almost begrudgingly started covering the story the next day, not because they wanted to but because they had to or look even more foolish in the eyes of the national media. Being on the ground here, it was something to behold and makes me feel like millions of Americans are awakening from their slumbers.

Daliy KOS was on it immediately and with their partnership with Act Blue helped raised well over a $100,000 for Michele Bachmann's opponent Elywn Tinklenberg within hours of her interview. After receiving over $800,000 in campaign contributions in less than 72 hrs, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has added Tinklenberg to its Red to Blue program, a list of candidates deemed capable of beating a Republican incumbent. This race wasn't even on the national radar until this weekend.

The timeline of written articles reads like a who's who in progressive sites. At 6:05 PM on Friday night just minutes after the interview was done Think Progress had the following article up which hit the national online news distribution cycle.
Bachmann Calls For McCarthy-Like Investigation Into Anti-American ...
Think Progress, DC - Oct 17, 2008
Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attacked the patriotism of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), based on his alleged relationship to former Weather Underground member William ...
The National Journal was on it at the same time at 6:05 PM.
Bachmann: Obama Has "Anti-American Views"
National Journal, DC - Oct 17, 2008
Michelle Bachmann will spend some time with Carly Fiorina in the political hinterlands. Nothing like a member of Congress asserting that lawmakers ...
Politico had a story out at 6:36 PM.
From Obama is anti-American to Joe the Plumber
Politico, DC - Oct 17, 2008
Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Hardball tonight: "I'm very concerned that he may have anti- American views," Bachmann said of Obama. "That's what the American ...
Huffington Post was only minutes behind at 6:46 PM.
GOP Rep. Channels McCarthy: Obama "Very Anti-American ...
Huffington Post, NY - Oct 17, 2008
Michelle Bachmann claimed on Friday that Barack Obama and his wife Michelle held anti-American views and couldn't be trusted in the White House. ...

Around 7:00 PM the Associated Press ran the following story which was then automatically displayed on many news sites and outlets.

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Bachmann says Obama 'may' be anti-American
by Patrick Condon, Associated Press. October 17, 2008. Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said in a TV interview Friday that she's concerned ...

A Minnesota indy site picked it up the story about 9:25 PM on Friday night.

New McCarthyism: Bachmann calls for investigation of ‘Anti ...
Minnesota Independent, MN - Oct 17, 2008
Michele Bachmann called on the media to investigate anti-American sentiment in Congress, after slamming Barack Obama as “anti-American. ...
These stories were followed by a story from CBS News, a story by a media outlet in Germany and Rocky Mountain News in Denver Colorado. Still no news out of the mainstream Minnesota media outlets.

The next morning the Minneapolis Star Tribune finally ran the story at around 7:45 am.
Bachmann on TV questions Obama's patriotism
Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN - Oct 18, 2008
Michele Bachmann on Friday said Obama "may have anti-American views" and called for a news media "exposé" of the views of members of Congress. ...

Sandy Sand on the OpEdNews site also first wrote about the story the next morning (11:50 am) a few hours after the Minneapolis Star Tribune story. This was followed by a number of others on OpEdNews including myself.
Palins Palin' Around With Terrorists: The Real Anti-American Terrorist -Associaters Among Us
OpEdNews, PA - Oct 18, 2008
Michele Bachmann flew out of her tree and over the cuckoo’s nest when she accused Barack Obama of being a terrorist
My article came out around 1:43 pm on Saturday.

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Republican Michele Bachmann Starts a 21st Century Witch Hunt
OpEdNews, PA - Oct 18, 2008
Ultra-right evangelical Republican Michele Bachmann from Minnesota shows her true colors of hate and intolerance. Minnesotans express their outrage by ...
And it wasn't until 6:00 pm on Saturday that the next major news outlet in Minnesota came out with a story on the Michele Bachmann fiasco. This was 24 hrs later and it came from the once iconic WCCO TV station in the twin cities. A station that has become notably more conservative over the past eight years, and seems alot less relevant to me than it did when I was growing up as a kid here in Minnesota.
Bachmann Draws Fire Over 'Anti-American' Attack
WCCO, MN - Oct 18, 2008
(WCCO) A Minnesota campaign is taking the spotlight after some controversial comments made by Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. ...
And the St. Cloud Times ran an article about another Republican entering the race as a write-in because of Michele's comments also around 6:00 pm.
Immelman registers as 6th District write-in
St. Cloud Times, MN - Oct 18, 2008
Michele Bachmann, said today he will file to run as a write-in candidate for the 6th Congressional District in the Nov. 4 election. Immelman, a professor of ...
As Rob Kall has been saying New Media is changing the face of news reporting and journalism. The question is what will the mainstream media outlets do in response.


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