Wallace Apologizes for 'Flake' Question to Bachmann
'I didn't mean any disrespect,' says Fox host
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2011 7:10 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Chris Wallace's interview with Michele Bachmann on Fox News Sunday is resonating in part because he asked her, "Are you a flake?" The host has since apologized. "I messed up. I'm sorry," he says in a post-show video, notes the Hot Air blog. "I didn't mean any disrespect." Wallace says he meant only to raise a point that Bachmann's critics use, and he praised her "strong answer" to it. Bachmann seemed "perturbed" by the bluntness of the question, he says, and viewers gave him an earful. "If my question got in the way of what I think is a good interview, as I say, I didn't do it right." (See the clips of his explanation and of the original question and response in the video gallery.)

Fair enough, adds Hot Air's Ed Morrissey. "He deduced—rightly—that having the question overshadow the answer in an interview is usually a mistake, and accepted it as such." Michelle Malkin's take: "When I think of political figures who have made questionable statements and embarrassing gaffes in the past few days, Michele Bachmann isn’t the name that springs to mind, but she’s obviously the candidate in this race so far who is going to be unfairly tagged as the gaffey one."

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Jul 1, 2011 11:25 PM CDT
It was a good question. He gave her an opportunity to confront the issue, laugh it off and present her credentials. Instead, she gets offended and snippy! How can anyone so thin skinned hope to be president?
Jun 27, 2011 2:11 PM CDT
Yeah Chris ... you put your foot VERY close to the truth. You should know by now what happens to folks on the right when they do that.
Jun 27, 2011 11:03 AM CDT
She is as flaky as corn flakes. Maybe that is why she received 250,000.00 dollar in corn subsidy and now lies about it.