The national media is now starting to figure something out: Michele Bachmann says a lot of things that aren't just kind of crazy, but manifestly false. Of course, this is in no way news to the folks here at TPM, or to our readers -- we've been keeping track of her for quite some time.
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Bachmann, of course, has been raked over the coals for her claim, as part of an attack on Rick Perry for issuing an executive order that young girls in Texas be vaccinated against the sexually-transmitted disease HPV, that a woman told her after this week's Republican debate that the HPV vaccine had caused her daughter to develop mental retardation. This statement helped to spread long-standing myths that vaccines cause retardation or autism in some children, an idea that the medical profession has worked very hard to dispel.