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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has always benefited from shoddy, irresponsible journalism in Minnesota. Minnesota's media has steadfastly refused to report what she says and what she does. The only exception is MPR which occasionally reports what she says and does. For the most part, Minnesotans were unaware how often she lies, tells outlandish conspiracy theories, gets the facts all wrong or commits a gaffe.

It was only when Bachmann joined the 2012 Republican presidential nomination race that the national media shone the spotlight on her shenanigans and Minnesotans saw on a nearly daily basis how unhinged she is. Her negatives rapidly rose in MN and even in her new district (which was even more conservative than her old district after redistricting). This contributed to her nearly losing to DFLer Jim Graves in 2012.

Briefly toward the end of the 2012 election and in the immediate aftermath, the Minneapolis Star Tribune changed their policy of ignoring her or publishing puff pieces and actually reported what she said and did. Was this a policy change? The last piece they wrote on Bachmann was about her going silent and focusing on district issues.

But her recent activity has gone unreported.

Apparently, the Strib is back to their former selves: not reporting what Bachmann says and does. If they follow tradition, a puff piece will be out sometime next week or by the weekend after.

Strib readers wouldn't know that she claimed at CPAC2013 that Obama lives an excessive lifestyle on the taxpayers dime. They wouldn't know that a CNN reporter actually chased her ... ran after a fleeing Bachmann trying to get comment on her excessive lifestyle lie.

Strib readers wouldn't know that she took to the floor of the House of Representative and said Obamacare will "literally kill people." She wasn't done and came back to the floor to assert that Medicaid was a "ghetto."

Strib readers wouldn't know that even conservatives are tiring of her bull**.

The Strib doesn't believe that Minnesotans should know what Minnesota's highest profile politician is saying and doing.

All they could muster was this pathetic and shoddy little post on one of their online blogs. They ought to be embarrassed ...

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