Stephanopolous to Bachmann: We'll investigate your foster kids
Proving what the clear-eyed could already see: If you're a Republican, the media will hound you for every last scrap of anything, no matter how unfair or trivial.
Stephanopoulos: Finally one—one final question. I think one of the most impressive things that people find in your background is the fact that you and your husband have helped raise 23 foster children and I know you want to shield them but are they prepared and are you prepared for the loss of privacy that comes with the president campaign? And is that something you are concerned about for them?
Bachmann: Well when we were making this momentous decision we sat down for a long time as a family and contemplated what this was meaning and yes, we are ready. We have five wonderful biological children. Our last one is off to college our oldest one is a doctor. And then we had great – a great 23 foster children in our home as well. And as you can imagine and appreciate we’ve tried to keep a good handle on their privacy and we will do that, we will respect their privacy. We are thankful that we had them but we also want to observe their privacy and that of their families.
George Stephanopolous was deep in the Clinton administration, which pleaded with everyone to "leave Chelsea alone." And everyone has mostly complied with that, for all these years. Michele Bachmann and her family's 23 foster children, though, will not be afforded the same courtesy, not by George or anyone else in the MSM. The same MSM, it's worth pointing out, has still left President Obama's pre-Senate life largely unexamined. Stephanopolous has fired up the flare that if any of those foster children, which the Bachmann family took in out of love and compassion, has run into any kind of trouble over the years, the media will try to hang it on Bachmann.
More: Some commenters seem to be missing the point. Stephanolpolous isn't just any MSM journalist. In fact, he's not a journalist at all. He is a Democrat activist from the Clinton days, and is still very very connected to the Begala/Carville wing of the party. He just conveniently occupies a prized post in the MSM, a post he uses to deliver the Democrats' message du jour. His question to Bachmann is, in my opinion, a signal to Democrats and the media (sorry to be redundant there) that it's open season on Bachmann's foster kids.