Bachmann: I made a mistake; media shows bias in reporting it
March 15th, 2011
07:00 PM ET
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Bachmann: I made a mistake; media shows bias in reporting it

Washington (CNN) – Three days after her widely-reported gaffe, Rep. Michele Bachmann explained it by essentially saying: I made a mistake, but the media's reporting of it proves bias.

Bachmann made the comments on Tuesday during an interview on the conservative Laura Ingraham radio show.

On Saturday at an engagement in Manchester, Bachmann said of New Hampshire, "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord."

The battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 were fought in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire.

In Tuesday's radio interview, Bachmann accepted blame for her bungling of a basic historical fact.

"I made a mistake," she said. "I should've said Massachusetts instead of New Hampshire."

The Minnesota Republican was then asked if she was surprised by news reports on the gaffe.

"No, not at all," Bachmann told the interviewer. "We all know that there's a double standard in the media."

Bachmann highlighted moments when President Barack Obama misspoke as a candidate. In one instance, in May 2008, then-Sen. Obama said, "Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go."

Later in the day, Obama told reporters that he misspoke.

Bachmann suggested that helps prove a liberal media bias.

"Of course, that wasn't considered newsworthy," she said of Obama's remarks. "The 3,400 members of the mainstream media are a part of the Obama press contingent."

"So it doesn't matter which conservative is out there, if an error is made, in any way, that is what is stated. They didn't talk about the great crowds, the standing ovations, the wonderful time that we had in New Hampshire. And that is just the way that it goes."

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soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. paa

    she is so so sore. honestly she is not intelligent. just like sara palin

    March 15, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Tony

    Really? What is she saying? Is it"...I'm stupid, but it's not my fault; it's the media's fault for reporting it, unfairly...".

    Or is it some other nonsense?

    What a loser!

    March 15, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Sylvia Gardiner

    If she had said Massachusetts, then she would have been in the wrong state. Michele, you did not mis-speak. You said what you thought. As usual, you were wrong.

    March 15, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. fideauxdon

    Unfortunately, Michele, you made a mistake of monumental proportions. Not only that; you made the same mistake two nights in a row, and it was captured on film. You didn't know what a Fifth Grader in New Hampshire knows, and by the way, they also know that the Founding Fathers didn't stop slavery. You missed that fact by 100 years, and you missed the "shot heard round the world" bu 50 or 75 miles! You also made another big mistake by hiring Staff dumber than you, which must have required a world-wide search. Go back to Minnesota, Michele. You're an uneducated, wild-eyed wacko, and the whole world is laughing at you.

    March 15, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. Bobby Ray

    Gee Michelle, the 57 state thing was all over the media for at least a week. Welcome to the Bachmann Maximum Spin Zone. Blaming others for your mistakes makes you look: A. presidential B. Whiney C. self-absorbed D. petty E. B.C, & D The correct answer is E everything but "presidential".

    March 15, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. warren

    I don't suppose she's familiar with Fox News.

    March 15, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Yeah, mainstream media... how dare you notice what she said, and then report it later? What do you think you are, reporters?

    March 15, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. The reality is...

    Precisely why we don't have to worry about liberals trying to legislate "fairness in media"; they have it the way they like it.

    March 15, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Quintus

    She plays the "victim" as well as Sarah Palin does

    March 15, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. Lula In CA

    Good grief. The press in this country is free to report the facts as they occur, including the "mistakes" of ambitious politicians who don't know what they are talking about. I support the media on this one. Report away; let us know when and how often this presidential wannabe opens her uneducated mouth and says something wrong.

    March 15, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. mom2homer

    Of course Bachmann's comments shouldn't have been considered "news." She displays a remarkable pride in her lack of basic knowledge, and there was really nothing out of the ordinary about what she said the other day. Had she actually said something intelligent–now that would've been newsworthy.

    March 15, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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