That brings us to the real problem with this piece. As Abe Sauer has already pointed out, why should the reader take Bachmann seriously if Taibbi himself refuses to do so? It seems like it’s much easier for him to write stuff like this instead: “In modern American politics, being the right kind of ignorant and entertainingly crazy is like having a big right hand in boxing; you’ve always got a puncher’s chance. And Bachmann is exactly the right kind of completely bats–t crazy.”
Sauer also notes that the profile has remarkably little original material, having lifted most of its quotes from local Minnesota blogs and publications, originally without attribution (Rolling Stone has since added more citation links).
To top it all off, here is a video of Taibbi on Imus in the Morning yesterday, when he said, “I’m actually kind of rooting for her to win the nomination, because I can’t wait to see the porn movies that they make.” As of this post, the National Organization for Women couldn’t be reached for comment:
EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece has been amended since its original posting.