George Stephanopoulos Badgers Michele Bachmann to Denounce Birthers, Defend President's Christianity
Published: 2/17/2011 1:55 AM ET
George Stephanopoulos on Thursday followed in the footsteps of other journalists who are lecturing Republicans on the need denounce birthers and declare Barack Obama a Christian. The co-anchor quizzed Michele Bachmann four times on the President's faith and citizenship.
He pestered, "You know, a sizable number of GOP primary voters are questioning President Obama's faith and citizenship. Can you just state very clearly that President Obama is a Christian and he is a citizen of the United States?"
Stephanopoulos, like NBC's David Gregory, found no answer sufficient. The ABC host snapped, "Do you believe it?...I'm just asking if you believe it?" The Republican representative insisted she takes "the President at his word" that he's a Christian. This still wasn't enough for Stephanopoulos.
He complained, "But you can't say that- you can't just sit there and declare the President's a citizen and he is a Christian?"
On Sunday's Meet the Press, David Gregory hectored House Majority Leader John Boehner about the birth certificate issue: "As the speaker of the House, as a leader, do you not think it's your responsibility to stand up to that kind of ignorance?"
In January, Nightly News anchor Brian Williams followed a similar line of attack.
The same journalists who subject Republicans to inquisitions over the birth certificate issue also indulged the conspiracy theories of filmmaker Michael Moore's 20004 movie, Fahrenheit 9/11. They certainly didn't press Democrats to distance themselves from the leftist director.
A transcript of the February 17 segment, which aired at 7:12am EST, follows: