It boggles my mind that Michele Bachmann was so pressed by the scurrilous Daily Caller story on her migraines that she felt the need to bring a note from her doctor. This is from a press-release I received today from her campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann released a letter today from The Attending Physician of the United States Congress addressing her health in regard to experiencing migraine headaches. Dr. Brian Monahan, MD, MACP, describes the Congresswoman’s status as “overall in good general health.”
Dr. Monahan further notes: “Your migraines occur infrequently and have known trigger factors of which you are aware and know how to avoid.” The doctor adds that Bachmann is “able to control” those infrequent occurrences with prescribed medication
In other words, she deals with her migraines just like millions of other Americans do –she reduces exposure to known triggers as much as possible and takes medication under the supervision of a competent physician to control the outbreaks she occasionally does have.
How, exactly, is this a story? I mean, besides the the obvious link-whoring in which The Daily Caller engaged when they inflated a mundane malady into a backhanded accusation that her headaches would make her less than a competent President.
Let me turn the mic over to Stacy McCain, who has a few questions.
Why does it seem that the Daily Caller always scores its exclusives at the expense of conservatives?
Was this why major GOP donor Foster Friess gave Tucker Carlson $3 million? Aren’t there some Democrats they could be investigating?
Just sayin’ . . .
Well, sure they could investigate some Democrats. It’s not as if there aren’t plenty of stories out there waiting to be uncovered. Operation Fast and Furious would be a great place for Tucker Carlson’s crack journalistic team to start digging, but he doesn’t seem very interested. Likewise, I’m sure there are some dark corners of the White House into which they should shine some bright light, but aside from the odd lower-level bureaucrat, the Daily Caller seems entirely uninterested in the corruption of the current administration. On the other hand, Carlson will publish a long article, complete with screamer headline, about right-wing bloggers who get a stray few hundred bucks from right-wing interest groups.
But when was the last time The Daily Caller wrote anything nearly as in-depth about the ties between the Democratic Party and the Center for American Progress or Media Matters or the Daily Kos? Beyond the little flurry occasioned by the JournoList story that fell into its lap, the web site has been virtually silent about an area that could easily supply it a solid story every single week.
I’ve talked about The Daily Caller before on The Delivery. Even though it had brought in the occasional conservative such as S.E. Cupp or Jim Treacher, its news coverage is every bit as slanted as that of any other garden-variety media outlet. Tucker Carlson raised $3 million on the promise that he’d build the right-wing Huffington Post. Turned out well, has that? Well, I guess that’s what you get when you trust a guy who knew as much about new media as a cow knows about orbital mechanics.