As spotted by Ed Morrissey, who analyzes today’s “Great moments in journalism: ‘Are you a flake?'”
I can understand why Chris Wallace asked this question. Given his guest’s propensity for gaffes, such as picking the name of a dead hero as a live Medal of Honor winner, botching a toast to Queen Elizabeth II, discussing the high points of the Austrian language, and several references to a military medic as a “corpseman,” it might be hard to take the person seriously.
Oh, wait — Wallace wasn’t interviewing Barack Obama after all:
Click over for video of Wallace asking this question to Michele Bachmann. As Ed notes:
Jim Hoft calls this “awful,” but it’s just the same old double standard applied to Republicans. We have yet to hear any serious coverage from the national media of Obama’s hundreds of gaffes while in the White House, just as we heard little of his “57 or 58 states” remark and other gaffes on the campaign trail, such as the six-month string that produced these doozies:
Click over for a few of the more legendary Obamagaffes.
Wallace has reportedly since apologized, but when will GOP candidates push back against this stuff by asking the journalist (or occasionally, JournoList), “Chris, is this a question you’ve ever asked Barack Obama, Joe Biden, or Hillary Clinton, either as candidates, or since taking office? Ask them first, show me the video, and then will talk.”
Related: In his new Google-free digs, William A. Jacobson asks, “Can any Republican presidential candidate withstand being Palinized?”
Update: The answer to Wallace’s question in video form.