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Early Morning Swim: Frank Rich and Rachel Maddow Discuss Republican Response to SOTU

Meanwhile, I still can’t believe CNN covered the Bachmann train wreck.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann didn’t deliver the official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, but it was her speech that had the world of politics and media buzzing Wednesday.

Bachmann’s rebuttal message, hosted by the Tea Party Express, drew less attention for its substance than for CNN’s decision to air it live.

Some media watchers criticized CNN for being the only network to do that, and they raised questions about a potential conflict of interest: CNN is partnering with the Tea Party Express to produce a Republican presidential candidates’ debate this fall.

“I can’t figure how you can partner with a political action committee and claim to be neutral,” says Kelly McBride, who teaches media ethics at the Poynter Institute, a journalism training center.

The Most Trusted Name in News strikes again.

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