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Bachmann: Fallon's 'Sexist' Song Slam Shows Media Double Standard

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann said NBC owed her an apology and said the offensive song the house band played during her appearance Monday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was sexist.

Bachmann, R- Minn., a GOP contender for president, said the network’s lack of apology was a double standard and that had Michelle Obama been on stage, the band’s drummer who chose the song would be suspended or fired.

If “that had been Michelle Obama and that song had been played, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized,” Bachmann told Fox News Channel on Wednesday.

At an appearance on the show Monday, Bachmann took the stage while the band, The Roots, played the refrain from the song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.”

Bachmann attributed the lack of an apology by NBC to a “bias on the part of the Hollywood elite and sexism as well.”

She said playing such a song “wouldn’t be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama and shouldn’t be tolerated for a conservative woman.”

“This is an outrage,” she added.

Rep. Bachmann isn't alone. In a statement, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said, "I do not share Michele Bachmann's politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician -- and no woman -- should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night."

After an initial tweet making light of the situation -- saying drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson was "grounded" for the intentional slam -- show host Jimmy Fallon tweeted an apology late Tuesday night, writing: “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back.”

Questlove released a statement through his spokeswoman Tuesday calling the song choice “tongue in cheek.”

NBC, however, has not issued an apology and requests for comment from NBC were referred to Thompson’s personal representatives.

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Newt Gingrich Pounces on Media, 'Backstabbing' Staff

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Newt Gingrich accused ABC News on Wednesday of doing a “hit piece” and ignoring the facts when it reported on Gingrich using money from his charity to pay one of his for-profit companies.

Appearing on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta van Susteren, Gringrich said, “That report is so inaccurate.  Reverend Jim Garlow of San Diego, who’s the head of Renewing American Leadership, sent me a very despairing email yesterday and said he told the facts to the ABC reporter and he was told by the ABC reporter frankly they didn’t care what the facts were and they were going to do a hit piece and they actually literally didn’t care what the facts were.”

“A network who wants to do a hit piece will take what I said, twist it and decide to do with it what they want to because they get to edit it.  I didn’t get an offer from ABC to have an unedited sit down.  I didn’t get an offer to show exactly what I said,” Gingrich said.  “I had no reason to believe that a network that was out to do a hit piece would be in any way fair with anything I said to them.”

Gingrich also criticized NBC for reports from anonymous sources that his wife, Callista, was the catalyst for the massive departure of his campaign staff last week.

“NBC this morning in a program that had nobody on camera, nobody quoted by name that quoted a reporter talking anonymously about cowardly people who frankly lied about my wife, and I think NBC owes Callista an apology because the fact is my campaign is my campaign," the former House speaker said.  "Yes we make decisions as a couple but in the end I take full responsibility, and I think the program this morning was totally irresponsible and personally reprehensible and the kind of thing that makes it hard to get decent people to run for public office.”

In his harshest comments yet towards the staff that bolted from his campaign last week, Gingrich called the criticism of his wife “backstabbing” and accused the former staffers of not doing their jobs.

“These are supposed to be professionals who we were paying, who supposedly had some sense of confidentiality who promptly, frankly, did some backstabbing in a way that I just found amazing," he said.  "After all my years of public life, I don’t mind people attacking me; I’m a big guy I can take it.  But to go after anyone’s wife, I think is pretty despicable.”

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Donald Trump Looking Good in Early Polls for 2012 Presidential Run

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump is gaining ground in the Republican Party, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

Trump, the real estate mogul and host of NBC's The Apprentice, has talked seriously about seeking the GOP presidential nomination and voters are seriously taking him at his word, judging by the survey that shows him running second behind frontrunner Mitt Romney in a hypothetical poll of Republican candidates.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, leads by 21 percent, with Trump and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied in second with 17 percent.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich comes in third with 11 percent followed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 10 percent.

Interestingly, none of these Republican hopefuls have said definitely that they're running for president.

Trump has raised a stir lately by joining those in the "birther" movement who question whether President Obama was born in the U.S.  This has apparently resonated with people who identify themselves with the Tea Party movement: the NBC/WSJ poll shows Trump the most popular Republican with this group.

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Movement to Draft Keith Olbermann for Senate Taking Shape

Photo Courtesy - MSNBC-TV(PHILADELPHIA) -- Senator Keith Olbermann?

The liberal that liberals love to love is being goaded by at least one group of activists to make a run for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut that will be left open by Independent Joe Lieberman when he retires in two years.

Olbermann announced on his Countdown show last Friday that he was immediately parting ways with MSNBC but gave no reason for the split. It was later revealed that Olbermann and the channel had been arranging his departure for weeks, ostensibly over contract issues, although the takeover of parent company NBC by Comcast has been mentioned as a factor.

While delivering politically-charged diatribes against conservatives, Olbermann has never discussed getting involved in public service. In fact, he says all he wants to do now is work on his on blog, Baseball Nerd.

Yet liberal activists attending a conference in Pennsylvania over the weekend are attempting to draft Olbermann to run for Lieberman's soon-to-be vacant seat.

A blogger named Stranded Wind wrote that said that Olbermann "used to live in Connecticut and could easily return and establish residency." The movement is expected to gain steam on social networking sites.

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