Rolling Stone's Michele Bachmann story follows City Pages blueprint

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Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi is a big City Pages fan.
We noted yesterday that Matt Taibbi's hit job in Rolling Stone on Rep. Michele Bachmann would sound familiar to local Bachmann watchers.

As The Awl points out today, Taibbi's piece should sound even more familiar to City Pages readers, because he sourced his story from our past coverage of America's Craziest Congresswoman.

Not that the story bothered crediting us for the original reporting, an oversight which Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates told The Awl was the result of trying to save space on the piece.

Because there just isn't enough room for an attribution in an online story unconstrained by space considerations, in a publication that brags about printing "All The News That Fits," one supposes. But whatever. At least they promised us some link love.

UPDATE: G.R. Anderson Jr. interview: "I do want credit where credit is due"

Here's some of what The Awl's Abe Sauer discovered:

For example, in the Rolling Stone piece, Taibbi writes:

"For the most part, though, Bachmann's upbringing seems like pure Americana, a typical Midwestern girl who was 'in a couple of beauty pageants' and 'not overtly political,' according to her stepbrother Michael LaFave."

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The Chosen One graced our cover in October 2006.
Compare that to the 2006 City Pages profile of Bachmann, "The Chosen One," which interviewed LaFave:

"By his own admission, LaFave, 51 years old and a union representative who lives in Forest Lake, did not get to know his new stepsister all that well. 'I remember that she was book-smart, and did pretty well in school,' he recalls. 'And she was in a couple of beauty pageants.... She was not overtly political.'"

Another passage from that same 2006 City Pages profile:

"Stephens and other parents soon had confrontational meetings with Bachmann and the rest of the charter school group. 'One member of Michele's entourage talked about how he had visions, and that God spoke to him directly,' Stephens says. 'He told us that as Christians we had to lay our lives down for it. I remember getting in the car with my husband afterward and telling him, 'This is a cult.'"

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By 2009, we were sure Bachmann was Going Crazy.
Rolling Stone:

"One member of Michele's entourage talked about how he had visions, and that God spoke to him directly,' recalled Denise Stephens, a parent who was opposed to the religious curriculum at New Heights. 'He told us that as Christians we had to lay our lives down for it. I remember getting in the car with my husband afterward and telling him, 'This is a cult.''

City Pages, 2006:

"I came in wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and moccasins, and I had no makeup on at all,' the story quotes Bachmann as saying. 'I had not one piece of literature, I had made not one phone call, and spent not five cents and I did not solicit a vote.'"

Rolling Stone:

"I came in wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and moccasins, and I had no makeup on at all,' she said. 'I had made not one phone call, and spent not five cents, and I did not solicit a vote.'"

We'll get over it. But the people Taibbi really ought to be worried about are Karl Bremer and Ken Avidor of the Dump Bachmann blog. He lifted chunks of background from them without attribution too.

And if Bremer and Avidor get you in their cross hairs, they can be relentless -- just ask Team Bachmann.

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cma6
cma6

Matt Taibbi is not a reporter but a far left polemicist.He writes in Rolling Stone for asinine lefty acid heads like himself. His hit piece on Bachmann is little more than political pornography, his stock in trade.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Wait, he writes political pornography?    I might have to check out this article now if its going to have porn in it.   Why don't you like porn cma6?    

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

She is so clean and professional looking. I'm getting a tingle down my leg just thinking about calling her: Madame President Bachmann 

Damm, I just can't for 2012, obama just outa clear out now - by resigning.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

And which operative did CP get the "blueprint" from?

CP (citypages) are the champs of CP (copy and paste)

SCR1
SCR1

The Minnesota Independent, for one. 

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