To be fair, this really was not a Bachmann Forum at all but rather a forum sponsored by Michele Bachmann at which climate change denier, Chris Horner, held all the power and controlled the questions which could be asked.

Additionally, as an educator I would say that this was by far one of the most poorly presented lectures I have ever witnessed. Why? Because if the purpose of this forum was to inform the general public about one side of the cap and trade issue, then the pace at which Mr. Horner spoke and presented his information was well beyond what the average consumer of information could possibly retain. I dare to bet that the vast majority of those in attendance would be unable to cite anything that Mr. Horner said beyond various quips about Al Gore and leprechauns.

However, that just may be the purpose. To overwhelm those in attendance with so much data (even if that data is flawed) at a speed that outpaces our ability to process that data so that we blindly accept this individual as some sort of expert.

UPDATE: In fact, you will notice that even right wing bloggers who were LIVEBLOGGING the event couldn't see fit to add even one piece of hard data from the presentation...

I will be working on the video from this "forum" (and the aftermath which was interesting) and hope to present it soon with various rebuttals...

Comments

4 responses to "Initial Thoughts On The Bachmann Forum"

  1. Jackie Silseth On April 9, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    I attended (most of) this forum, although I had to leave early because I had a test. Maybe my brain is more capable of retaining information than the average one (doubtful haha) but I had no trouble keeping up.

    I noticed a few people in the audience holding up signs that said "lie" (which I thought was disrespectful, personally). You obviously hold a point of view contrary to that of Bachmann and Horner.

    What is that point of view, and what parts of their policy did you disagree with?

     
  2. Political Muse On April 9, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    I would ask, then, what you felt were the 5 or 6 most compelling pieces of hard data that Mr. Horner cited?

     
  3. Benjamin Seghers On April 10, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Mu. It seems Mr. Horner presented very little hard data. That could be a problem. There were a few quotes and something about EU performance, but that's about it.

     
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