Nightline catches Marcus Bachmann lying to City Pages

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ABC Nightline
G.R. Anderson's cover story keeps making waves.
ABC's Nightline is out with a story today showing America that presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus, apparently plays as fast and lose with the facts as his wife does.

In a story headlined "Pray Away The Gay," correspondent Brian Ross cites a 2006 City Pages cover story to help demonstrate how, despite Marcus Bachmann's claims, the Bachmann family's Christian counseling service ties to "cure" gays with religion.

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Marcus Bachmann told us the family clinic didn't try to convert gays. ABC found out he wasn't telling the truth.
Marcus Bachmann was asked if his clinic tried to convert patients from gay to straight in an interview with a local newspaper in 2006, and said, "That's a false statement."

"If someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that," he is reported to have said. "But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don't have a problem with that."

That "local newspaper" was us, and ABC's story links directly to G.R. Anderson's 2006 cover story, The Chosen One.

Ross reports that a former client of the clinic, Andrew Ramirez, has come forward to tell The Nation that a Bachmann and Associates counselor told him, "God would forgive me if I were straight." And the network shows how an activist from Truth Wins Out, armed with a hidden video camera, caught another counselor on tape saying that he could pray his way out of being gay.

That is to say, Marcus Bachmann apparently lied to City Pages.

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To read The Chosen One, click here.
Here's why this matters, ABC explains.
The counseling center has factored into Bachmann's campaign narrative, as well -- evidence, she said, of her ability to understand what it takes to create jobs and run a small business.

But the practice of using religion to try to "cure" gays has been scorned by the American Psychological Association as dangerous, wrong, and ineffective when dealing with a person's sexual orientation.

And then there's the pesky matter of a Christian holding one of the 10 Commandments -- the one about telling the truth -- at arm's length.

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Truth Wins Out used a hidden video camera to catch a Bachmann and Associates counselor urging him to pray away the gay.
An ABC reporter sandbagged Michele Bachmann on Monday with questions about the clinic at a campaign stop.

"We're very proud of our business and all job creators in the U.S.," was all she had to say.

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Donata Cesario
Donata Cesario

We don't know what "statement" Bachmann is responding to so it is misleading to assert that Bachmann denies counseling unwanted SSA. You even include quotes that confirm that he does help individuals with unwanted homosexual attractions. Where is the lie?

EK
EK

These ticky-tacky irrelevant stories about Bachmann are just going to help her.  This will all backfire and give her legitimacy.  Most people don't give a rip about people praying and homos and all of that.  You're just going to make her a sympathetic figure.  Don't make her a sympathetic figure.

midwestmomof2
midwestmomof2

I don't want her to be a sympathetic figure either, but we can't just ignore the LIES these people tell while they purport to be such good Christians.  That clinic took Medicare funds and I hope this practice is investigated.

One thing that will not make her a sympathetic figure is outlawing porno.  I could care less, but 90% of the men out there and many women too won't appreciate this "Al Qaeda" tactic.

SomeGuy
SomeGuy

Is Michelle Bachmann on the fast track to derailing her political career? Or is she just warming up for the "rile-up ignorant and anger-fueled white Americans" speaking tours she'll be conducting for the rest of her life? I wonder if she'll bus-pool with Palin.

cmort
cmort

Marcus and Michele should stick to the light-bulb issue.  It is more in line with their I.Q.s!

Johnny
Johnny

When is CP going to document BHOs on-going lies about his mothers tragic cancer and her Most Excellent employer-paid Health Insurance??

green23
green23

When are wingnuts going to stop deflecting whenever a story makes them look bad?

Look down from your moral high ground and realise this: Even if everyone else on the entire planet lied, lying is STILL WRONG. Marcus Bachmann lied. It's obvious. Whatever Obama said or didn't say doesn't change that fact.

You might want to imply hypocrisy, but that finger just points back at YOU. You overlook Bachmann's documented lying and point at someone else. If you are mad about Obama lying, why do you give Bachmann a free pass? Because you are a hypocrite.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

When Barack Obama is a Minnesotan politician dumbfuck.    This is a Minnesota paper that writes about Minnesotan politicians.   Stupid fucks like you that can't even understand a simple fucking concept like Minnesota papers covering news from Minnesota should go back and graduate from 3rd fucking grade which you obviously never finished. 

Lol
Lol

Obama is the POTUS.  Minnesota being one of those states.  As the person above said, just sayin'.

Me
Me

Marcus isn't a MN politician either.  Just sayin'.

midwestmomof2
midwestmomof2

No, but his wife is which makes him MUCH TOO CLOSE!

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