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Reader's view: Anti-Bachmann column featured cheap demagoguery

I didn't know Local Views in the News Tribune were sometimes embellished with the works of national cartoonists. I didn't until I read Carol Person's thinly disguised hit job on Michelle Bachmann (Local View: "Dress for success," Aug. 27). The ca...

I didn't know Local Views in the News Tribune were sometimes embellished with the works of national cartoonists. I didn't until I read Carol Person's thinly disguised hit job on Michelle Bachmann (Local View: "Dress for success," Aug. 27). The cartoon accompanying Person's commentary rather clearly implied Bachmann is a prize-winning member of the swine or cattle families. It fit perfectly with the time-tested ideology of avoiding issues but destroying the messenger.

This cheapest form of demagoguery was vividly portrayed in the cartoon and, to a lesser extent, in the commentary. I really don't care if Person wants to move to Canada, but the main tenets of Bachmann's campaign are reducing debt, reducing the size and scope of federal government and replacing the Obama administration. Which of those would force Person to move?

There are some of us out here who think those are rather admirable goals -- but we certainly don't publish cartoons debasing anyone's lineage, as the News Tribune did.

As for Bachmann's attire: She better dress impeccably; one run in her nylons would be worth a 10-minute skit on "Saturday Night Live" or 30 minutes on Rachel Maddow's show.

Bachmann is an admirable person. Only those captive to media propaganda think otherwise.

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Lars Fladmark

Duluth

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