Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s campaign staff pointedly refused to allow an interview with a television news operation in Iowa’s Quad Cities market, apparently because an anchor had asked earlier about the controversy over Bachmann’s psychology clinic, the station said.
WQAD reported that on Sunday the “Congresswoman’s managers openly, and aggressively denied News 8 access to the Iowa Republican front-runner.”
Said the story:
At the end of last night’s event the Bachmann campaign said the snubbing was based on interview questions News 8’s Rae Chelle Davis asked the Congresswoman during a satellite interview two weeks ago. Undercover cameras had captured a counselor at the clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, conducting reparative therapy. Reparative therapy is the attempt to change a person from gay to straight or from one sexual orientation to another. Voters wanted to know if the story was true and to hear what Michele Bachmann had to say about it. Due to a pre-planned satellite interview, we were in the unique position to ask her about the controversy first.
During the satellite interview, behind the scenes, it got ugly. In the News 8 control room, campaign staffers threatened WQAD producers that they would cut off the feed if Rae Chelle repeated the question. A follow-up question was asked on the issue. The Congresswoman’s answers were aired nationally on ABC World News Tonight and Nightline.
At Sunday’s Davenport fundraiser was our first chance to interview Bachmann since the satellite interview incident. All Quad Cities media were invited to attend and promised a one-on-one interview during the evening. While our competitors were accommodated, WQAD was blocked and denied.