Nov. 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM ET
GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is lashing out at NBC for not apologizing or taking immediate disciplinary action for an off-color song played during her appearance on Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night."
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Bachmann said Wednesday on the Fox News Channel that the Fallon show band displayed sexism and bias by playing a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song. The title of the song is "Lyin' Ass B----."
Fallon has tweeted an apology to Bachmann for "the intro mess" during her appearance earlier in the week. But Bachmann expressed surprise that the TV network hasn't apologized or disciplined the show's Roots band.
"This is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite," Bachmann said. She added, "This wouldn't be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama. It shouldn't be tolerated if it's a conservative woman either."
One of Bachmann's congressional colleagues, New York Democrat Nita Lowey, had called on NBC to apologize for its "insulting and inappropriate" treatment of its guest.
An NBC spokeswoman didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.
The song begins with a distinctive "la la la la la la la la la" refrain — the only words audible before Bachmann, smiling and waving to the audience, sat down.
The song itself, about a relationship gone wrong, isn't political. Among its cleanest lyrics: "She always says she needs you, but you know she really don't care."
"Aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title," tweeted Roots' cofounder Questlove.
The Roots frequently make sly, often obscure, song choices as Fallon's guests are introduced.
When Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs came out, they played part of Genesis' "Illegal Alien," a reference to Dobbs' frequent commentaries on the topic. Current TV host Keith Olbermann, formerly of MSNBC, heard part of Klymaxx's "I Miss You." Kathie Lee Gifford was saluted with UB40's "Red Red Wine," a reference to the drink she often shares on-air with "Today" co-host Hoda Kotb.
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