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. Dr. LearnALot

    The immediate turn to the "I'm a victim," schtick is getting old, and mighty transparent.

    March 15, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Russ

    Poor poor Michelle, Yeah, you're the only one they pick on. You seem to have very selective memory when it comes to the media nailing Democrats for similar stupid comments. The problem is, for you and your buddy Sarah anyway, you say way more stupid things than the rest of your party. And way way more stupid things than Democrats.

    March 15, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. bw1

    no - they reported cause you're dumb

    March 15, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. JakeF

    It's the media's fault for her ignorance of American history?

    By golly, you betcha it is.

    March 15, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Independent_me

    Of course, there is no conservative bias media that promote Rethuglicans!
    Rethuglican bias produces mind-numbing propaganda and makes up lies against so called liberals (that is, anyone who disagrees with them).

    Its about time we start hearing about mainstream conservative bias because they control the airwaves.

    March 15, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Bachmann is a whiner just like Palin. Mess up and blame someone else...like the big bad liberal media. Just another mediocre GOP candidate who doesn't appear presidential.

    March 15, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Diane

    Twi*t. Of course Obama's gaffe was reported. Plenty. Somehow, though, I suspect that Obama DID know how many states there are, and Bachmann does NOT know her history. By the way, did Bachmann ever apologize for lying on air about the cost of Obama's trip to India? Umm, and does she realize there WAS slavery during the founding of America?

    March 15, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Jennifer

    "We all know that there's a double standard in the media." Sorry, M'am but I don't know that. Please refrain from speaking for everyone with the all-inclusive "we." Your arrogance is showing yet again.

    March 15, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. willie floyd

    She's beginning to sound like SP-VICTIM! Makes as much sense as anything else she says.

    March 15, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. jma58

    Just another Palin crying foul. Anyoun who would vote for nut case needs a good psychologist.

    March 15, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. Bachmann/Palin: the Dems Dream Ticket

    Waaa waaaa waaaaa Quit crying already!! This is politics, there's no crying in politics. Facts, truth, and reason all tend to have a liberal bias. Get used to it, because now more than ever, the American people are going to be calling liars, liars because our middle class depends on getting the upcoming elections right.

    March 15, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. John

    OMG.....what is sooooo scary about Bachmann is that every time she opens her mouth she actually makes Palin look smart....NOW THAT'S SCARY AMERICA !!!!!!!

    March 15, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Jamie from Riverside

    Oh shut up you piece of fluff. The media reported Obama's gaffe too and you and other of your ilk never cease to remind us of it either. If you can't accept repsonsibility for your shallowness and lack of basic U.S. civics don't blame everyone else.

    March 15, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Vet

    As usual, between the third grader from Alaska and Bachman dumb and dummer,blame it on the Media, her ignorant base will continue to drink the Jim Jones kool aid she continues to pass out including the Minnesota District that keeps sending this air head back to Congress.

    March 15, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People

    " 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."

    How does one know if a great "crowd" of 7 Neaderthals is standing, let alone applauding? They may have been pounding their clubs because they were hungry!

    More likely, Bachmann was leading cheers around the burning cross, and the back hair of her "followers" caught fire and she mistook the clapping of hands as they jumped and tried to put out the fire, as a "standing ovation" !

    March 15, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. John in Cal

    goes to prove that you can be highly educated and still be stump stupid. yep, she is who we want to represent us.

    March 15, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Terry Campbell

    oh yes whenever the media reports anything bad about Republicans is due to media bias. The Republicans have convinced America that there is this crazy left wing conspiracy with the media–oh, except with Fox because they're "Fair and Balanced"....yeah right

    March 15, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. kayla

    you did not misspoke, you just don't know squat. you and your pal sarah are clueless . you pretend you know history, when all along you know you are ignorant to the facts.

    March 15, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Jake

    It's not so much bias, it's your uninformed and uneducated rhetoric that makes you a target.

    March 15, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Sgt Schultz

    Yet again Facts Don't Matter when you appear on Fox News. Typical GOP wingnut to blame the media for their incompetence.

    March 15, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Pete

    It's not a double standard – it's just not the kind of mistake a Democratic candidate would make. We like our candidates to know things about stuff.

    March 15, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. US Citizen 2010

    If she would keep her mouth shut she would not have to worry about the mainstream media, no I know what we'll just let a fifth grader travel with her. That way we'll see who is smarter....NOT MICHELE ! Every week she mis-speaks, give me a break dumb bow.

    March 15, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Robrob

    "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."

    Humor is often lost on the wingnuts looking for an excuse to be outraged.

    March 15, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. Be_O_Be

    "I made a mistake," she said. "I should've said Massachusetts instead of New Hampshire."
    So what she meant to say was:
    "You're ( NOT ) the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord."
    OK, that makes more sense.

    March 15, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Progressive Texan

    The only thing it proves is that Michele Bachmann isn't smarter than a 5th grader.

    March 15, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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