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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  1. CommonSensical

    Not correct:

    Obama's gaffe of 57 states was covered heavily on FOX and on CNN also. I recall reading about it here. The problem Ms Bachmann does not seem to grasp is that she is fighting a public perception that she is ignorant and thus her gaffes are more newsworthy than simple speaking errors. Newt Gingrich makes speaking errors and these are rarely reported.
    It is not a speaking error when you claim to be a constitutional scholar and dont know what the 2nd ammendment is, or when you think that the Battle of Lexington and Concord was in New Hampshire.

    March 15, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Robert Vukovic

    Bachmann states "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."

    Who are these 3400 members of the alleged main stream media. I cannot find a single conservative who can answer that question.

    March 15, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. Thinks2010

    Gee Michele– i heard both President Obama's and your gaff reported in the media. The truth is that the gaffs on the left and the right are reported. Conservatives and conservative media harp Democratic gaffs and liberals and liberal media emphasize conservative gaffs. Another truth is that the conservatives make more gaffs and whine and play victim way more than liberals. If they weren't such cry babies, their mistakes would be forgotten sooner. Both sides need to grow up, get over it and move on to more important things. As things stand now, everyone looks rather childish (my apologies to actual children).

    March 15, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Sam

    Eh I suppose she does have a point there.

    March 15, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. David

    Just another republican "victim"...how sad.

    It certainly couldn't have anything to do with the fact this woman is bat-____ crazy...

    March 15, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. marissa

    Hahaha, way to downplay your astonishing ignorance, Ms. Bachmann. You said New Hampshire but "should have said Massachusetts", eh? Are you trying to imply that you simply misspoke, as Obama did with the 57 states thing? Ok then, do you care to explain why you would randomly mention Massachusetts history in the middle of a New Hampshire stump speech?

    March 15, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. MicheleBachmannIsStupid

    Michele Bachmann is stu-pid. Republicans and Democrats alike know this. Any P-VP ticket with either or both of Failin' Palin or Dumb-As-A-Rock Bachmann on it means Obama will win for sure.

    March 15, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Oldie in TampaBay

    Palin all over again ... love these GOP 'misspeaks' ..

    March 15, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Sharon

    Bachman already sounds like the average politician! This proves she is worthy to run for the office of the President! Obama has made mulliple errors, but they just don't get the attention as a woman contender for the highest office in the land.

    If it was Hillary seeking office, the news media would not nic-pic. Also, Bachmann disclosed that $150,400,000 dollars were already implementing the Obama Care. She also disclosed that $16 Billion slush fund for Pelosi and Kathleen Sebius to use at their own discretion and never have to ask twice from the treasury department to issue funds at their demand.
    This is embeded into the 2900 pages of the health care legislation.

    Who do I trust or when has the President received no accountablity to anyone for the spending of the $105,400,000 dollars. This needs to stop–WE DON'T WANT TO GIVE SO MUCH POWER TO THE PRESIDENT!

    Americans need the calm assurance that our freedoms are intact-will stay intact–and our children will have the future they want–with all the freedoms that was passed down to us by our fore-fathers!

    March 15, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Lou

    Michelle Bachman makes Sara Palin seem like a member of mensa.

    March 15, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Ryan

    Obama's gaffe got a ton of reporting on it too – its just happened a very long time ago now. Could she really find no more recent example? And Obama doesn't go around calling himself a member of the "Tea Party" and then screwing up basic revolutionary facts. There is a clear difference: he misspoke. There is no way in the world you can argue that he actually didn't know how many "states" there are in the United States. You would have to be a looney. But – Bachman didn't misspeak, she made an assumption – got it wrong – doesn't know history as well as she wants us to think- not the first time she has botched history.

    March 15, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. 802mrbill

    I don't think its a "basic historical fact." I doubt one person in 500 know it, without heading for wikipedia, particularly if you don't live in Mass. Whereas the number of states in the United States is, um, a little better know, don't you think? So her inference is supported by the facts.

    March 15, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. nobody

    Michele Bachmann should be a national embarrassment but she isn’t. Like with Sarah Palin if you put her in a room with a bunch of Tea Party members she is a rock star, put her in a room with a bunch of serious leaders, people of education, she is a buffoon. How can the Republican Party ever hope to be taken seriously by others when they repeatedly field candidates that shouldn’t get elected dog catcher much less President? Michele Bachmann appears to be another victim of the dumbing down of America. The conservative movement’s predilection for anti-intellectualism is troublesome and should alarm concerned Americans but it doesn’t. We simply can’t afford another GW Bush in high heels and a dress.

    March 15, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. captnavenger

    We all remember Obama's gaffe. We all remember it because the media reported it and rubbed it in for a few days, like they do for everybody.

    This woman is dangerously air-headed and psycho on a good day. No surprise she would start spouting out about a conspiratorial "Obama Press Contingent" on a bad day. CNN would do best to give her what she wants: stop reporting on her. Stop reporting on her and her "Momma Grizzly" co-hort until they both go away.

    March 15, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. George

    Mistake? She tried(ies) to revise history. Repeatedly.

    March 15, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. CaliforniaBC

    Better get used to it sweets! If you're gonna run for President you're gonna have EVERY word scrutinized and if it shows you don't know what you're talking about everyone is going to know it. You can play the victim-Palin-hypocrisy card after ripping on Obama and democrats everytime you open your mouth.

    If ya can't stand the heat...GET OUTTA THE KITCHEN!! LOL!!

    March 15, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    Hey Bachmann, no one likes a whiner.

    March 15, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Pete

    She may be the most despicable member of the right wing freak show that will bring the GOP to its knees next year just like Goldwater did in 1964. If one looks at the long string of outrageous statements and mistruths uttered by this whackjob, one can understand the media's interest in what lunacy will be next. Again I ask, how can anyone, besides her husband and Mom, actually support any bid she may make for the presidency?

    March 15, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. Joshua Ludd

    Well, Michelle... Obama's gaffe was newsworthy because it was reported. That you know about it at all, my dear, is because it was reported. There is also a clear difference between an obvious misspeaking and a mistake that one could actually make... especially with Bachmann's record. The woman is continually wrong about facts, and then wants to cry foul over something that the media didn't report on... which they did, in fact report on?

    March 15, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  20. Dean

    I seem to recall having heard the "57 states" issue quite a number of times – and we are still hearing about it. What was that bias again?

    March 15, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Oh please, Michelle: the difference between Obama and you is that Obama did not blame a slanted media after owning up to his mistake. When Obama pointed out the bias by FOX, he was roundly criticized and portrayed as becoming frayed under pressure. It has not stopped him from going back on FOX and having to deal with grossly disrespectful FOX hosts from repeatedly interrupting him. The way you have handled interviews from anyone but friendly media is to not answer their questions, but to repeat the same idiotic claims over and over ( like the claims about the supposed cost of the President's trip to India). The truth is that you are someone who cannot handle even the basics of American history and law, like your encouraging people NOT to particpate in the Census, even though its crucial to determining Congressional redistricting. The media is doing its damn job, now go do yours. If you want to be POTUS, resign and devote yourself fully to running instead of being a hypocritical, taxpayer-subsidized leach.

    March 15, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. Barb Cline

    Ms Bachmann has never been on to fact check! Her speeches are full of half truths and lies, been that way for years. A true Republician, she uses fear and lies to keep the small minded behind her.
    The good news is her dist. will shrink and one can only hope so will she!

    March 15, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. Fed Up VOTER....!

    This response from Ms. Bachman is absolutely incredible, the FACT that she has proven to the electorate that she is ignorant to certain "Historic Events", it amazes me that she turns it into the Media being biased against her and for the President.....

    Anyone notice her "Damn Near Twin" Sarah Palin does the exact same thing....? When I get caught proving my ignorance, turn it into a issue accusing the President of being the same as they are...Both these women think highly of themselves to the point of being obsessive compulsion as it relates to self admoration...it's sickening

    March 15, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. Nick

    Wow she wants us to be politically correct with her? Huh if only....

    March 15, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. tony

    Does she mean that GOP/Tea Partyer/Man-It-Ups can't take the heat that they heap on anyone out side of the rigid dogma they call political ideology? Girl, you better get used to being scrutinized and grilled if you're thinking that you want to try to be president.

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