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Michele Bachmann Rips Howard Stern for 'Dragging Her Through The Mud' in Gay Rights Tirade


Michele Bachmann attacked radio host Howard Stern for "demonizing" her in a widely-distributed clip of his show which took Bachmann and Rick Santorum and other anti-gay Republicans to task for their homophobic positions which perpetuate intolerance and violence toward gay people.

BachmannWrote Bachmann in an email to supporters:

Earlier this week, notorious shock jock Howard Stern called me "the worst person in the world" during his daily radio show.

To conservatives, this message from Howard Stern, a man whose only contribution to our culture was years of corrupting America's youth on public airwaves, was clear: "either abandon your beliefs and agree with me, or be dragged through the mud and demonized on national radio." I don't accept this false choice, and I know you don't either.

While Stern can say anything he wants on satellite radio, his words have an impact on his millions of listeners as well as the people his listeners talk to, which is why I need your help to counteract with our positive message. We must fight back and maintain our focus on what is important.


These are serious times, and our nation faces serious issues. The direction that America is headed requires serious discussion by serious people, and Howard Stern is not a serious person. We cannot allow attacks from him or anybody else to distract us from a laser focus on what is truly important: holding President Obama and his Democratic allies accountable for their mortgaging of our future. I know you share my determination and, with your help, our message of prosperity for our nation's future will drown out the noise of their attacks.

Stern is ready to fire back at Bachmann

Tweeted Stern over the weekend:

"Just read Michelle bachman's comments. Can't wait to get back on the air. Spoke with the lord a few minutes ago and he is on my side. If thinking that gay people have a right to happiness is corrupting America then I will continue corrupting them. Time to shun this woman."

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  1. Shun her to oblivion, Howard!

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 13, 2012 1:09:02 PM

  2. BABA BOOEY!!!

    Posted by: Mike C. | Feb 13, 2012 1:09:25 PM

  3. Poor Michelle, doesn't like being called the "worst" person. Well gays don't like to be called "faggots". If you don't believe we all should have the same rights, then guess what, you are ONE of the worst persons. We don't want special rights, we just want equal rights.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 13, 2012 1:09:42 PM

  4. Message to Michele: it's easy to demonize a demon.

    Posted by: Oliver | Feb 13, 2012 1:18:09 PM

  5. Serious times...yes! serious issues... yes ! serious WACHO... yes!

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Feb 13, 2012 1:19:53 PM

  6. message to Michele

    many have come and gone demonizing Howard yet Howard is still here while they who lambasted him .........................

    Posted by: say what | Feb 13, 2012 1:25:07 PM

  7. I think Michelle Bachmann has the permanent face of a woman whose husband just told her after 32 years of marriage that he is gay. It's that wide-eyed, deer-in-the-headlights look.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Feb 13, 2012 1:25:24 PM

  8. Bachmann thinks she is a serious person....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Oh, Mary!

    Posted by: Dagoril | Feb 13, 2012 1:33:45 PM

  9. They really are quite a breed; Bachman, Coulter, O'Donnell........
    I can't even think of the other broomstick pilots.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 13, 2012 1:43:10 PM

  10. Poor Michele, so few like her, fewer respect her. Learn your lesson and go home and stay there.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 13, 2012 1:51:58 PM

  11. Michelle Bachmann is an unloved fool. She, like nearly all republican women, is an anti-woman, self-hating, misogynist's wetdream.

    She has, of course, a husband who is a closeted homosexual. that's why their more than 20 foster children were all females - can't go having any tempting troubled young males around. right? right.


    i encourage the future youth of america to Do The Right Thing, go out for a big Taco Bell dinner and then take a wicked dump on michele bachmann's grave.

    fitting tribute.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 13, 2012 2:09:42 PM

  12. She really is a very ignorant person...time she just shut her face and climbed back under her little rock with her closeted idiot of a husband, and the rest of her homophobic religious zealots she calls her friends.

    The world would definitely be a better place without any of them.

    Posted by: Fliptrx | Feb 13, 2012 2:21:39 PM

  13. She was roundly rejected by voters of her own party, and now she's being destroyed by one of America's leading shock jocks. Must take a lot of energy to keep her big bug eyes open.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 13, 2012 2:49:15 PM

  14. Bachmann wouldn't know the truth if it slapped her upside her face. She is completely clueless!

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 13, 2012 3:17:31 PM

  15. "Demonized on national radio?" Sorry Michelle, Howard is on Sirius Radio which a subscription based show.

    Posted by: Dairyqueen | Feb 13, 2012 3:31:01 PM

  16. Bachmann represents a majority within her congressional district, gerrymandered though it may be. Though I suspect few of you read the NY Times at all or if you do, only for fashion and the arts, there was a great piece yesterday on middle America. It dealt with the white working and lower middle class, and how they hate the Federal govt. while getting a menu of support payments from Federal programs.

    They support the Tea Party while getting unemployment, food stamps and other benefits, and voting for people like Bachmann and other Repuglicans. As long as we have low-information voters we will have Bachmann types to contend with. BTW, Stern is not everyone's cup of tea. I find him unfunny, juvenile and an egomaniac but then I'm over 50.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Feb 13, 2012 3:34:32 PM

  17. @Contrarian..."but then I'm over 50."...and an arrogant ass. Though you will probably say you were just stating facts as you see them, it sounded more like you were trying to show you are somehow (possibly intellectually) superior with your comment, "Though I suspect few of you read the NY Times at all or if you do, only for fashion and the arts." Your comment was unfunny, juvenile and egotistical, but then, I'm over 50 as well. Also, thanks for pointing out that Stern is not everyone's cup of tea -- I'm sure the fine readers of Towleroad would have never come to that conclusion on our own. I've most likely had too much coffee this afternoon and am irritable, but the tone of condescension was unnecessary...

    Posted by: stpetegreg | Feb 13, 2012 5:00:15 PM

  18. Michelle Bachman's face always looks so smooth when she's not pictured with her beard.

    Posted by: Riley Martin | Feb 13, 2012 5:40:34 PM

  19. "I have been exposed for what I am: a homophobe, bigot and stupid woman. I implore you to send me money and help fight people like Howard Stern who are able to shine a light on my un-American activities. I need to be able to vilify gays and lesbians because ... well who else can I insult without the national media coming after me."

    Can't wait for Howard Stern's response on the radio!

    Posted by: FunMe | Feb 13, 2012 6:46:10 PM

  20. She lifted the "serious people" for "serious problems" from Michael Douglas' big speech in "The American President". Sounded better when he said it.

    Posted by: tw | Feb 13, 2012 7:44:23 PM

  21. "shun"?? is THAT the best he can do?? the ultimate shock jock???

    Posted by: ACe | Feb 13, 2012 7:56:49 PM

  22. You know what I find annoying? It's how Michelle gets credit for taking in foster kids when all that was just about getting gov't money. She and her husband turned foster kids into a cottage industry.

    On the other hand gay couples who adopt don't get any gov't money for adopting. Instead they have only expenses. That is who should get credit for having generous hearts.

    Posted by: kiddie mill operators | Feb 13, 2012 8:17:24 PM

  23. "go out for a big Taco Bell dinner and then take a wicked dump on michele bachmann's grave."

    Silly me. And I thought that the passage of marriage equality in Washington state would cause Kiwi to be HAPPY for a change. But Kiwi seems to have an obsession with thinking about the defilement and death of his political opponents. I wonder if the two loving accepting parents who raised him know that he writes such hateful things about mere strangers. I can't imagine that the United Church of Canada would comdone statements like these.

    Doesn't this "angry young men" routine wear thin when one passes the age of 30 (as I believe he has?)

    Kiwi, why not give us all a ahock and actually do something constructive for the gay community? How about recommending a book to read (I'm serious here.)? A beginner trying to learn about the gay rights movemement or gay life in general should start with what title? If I promise to read whatever book you recommend, will you stop is it you put it?...."H8"?

    Posted by: Mary | Feb 13, 2012 9:27:06 PM

  24. Mary seems to have an obsession with kiwi.

    Posted by: fruit lover | Feb 13, 2012 11:46:24 PM

  25. Yes, Fruit Lover, in a way I do. My "obsession" is trying to figure out why someone with the talent to be the C. Wright Mills of the gay movement instead aims to be its Abbie Hoffman. Although I'm not sure so many readers here are old enough to know these names. Sorry, but I couldn't think of names more current.

    Posted by: Mary | Feb 13, 2012 11:59:12 PM

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