On Tuesday, conservative pundit S.E. Cupp appeared on Martin Bashir's MSNBC show to discuss the controversy surrounding Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband Dr. Marcus Bachmann's clinic.
While stating her belief that reparative therapy (a controversial measure used in treating homosexual patients) is "junk science," Cupp defends Bachmann and claims that the media is seizing upon this story as a distraction intended to make the presidential candidate look "scary." She says:
"I think this makes for a really perfectly-timed story. When everyone else is talking about the economy and it's really hard to make her look dumb, let's make her look scary. So then the media starts to look for these kooky, quirky, religious social issues stories...Because they can't talk about her positions on the economy because they're better than Obama's would be."
Bashir, though, argues that Cupp's statements about the media aren't fair. But, Cupp stands her ground. In addressing her junk science remark, she says it's not fair to "implicate 80 percent of the population which is Christian, who believe that homosexuality is a sin as crazy and kooky and extreme." Cupp continues, attempting to differentiate between those who would call reparative therapy junk science and those who adhere to their faith:
If you are a Christian who believes like she does, that homosexuality is a sin, creationism is the story of how we all got here, then I don't think you would call it junk science, I think you would call that, you know, Scripture, Christianity.
Watch the dialogue below (starts around 8:00):