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. MP-Pennsylvania

    Another gaffe? Obama was not the president in 2008 and and had no contigency. he wa sripped on that mercilessly. The double standards are with republicans / conservatives. They say something stupid and say they mispoke and blame the media for publicizing those. Palin does this always and now Bachmann. O'donnel did that too.

    March 15, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. mike

    I have one question for Ms Bachmann. Were you born an idiot or did you just work hard over the years to get this way? What a moron.

    March 15, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. GODZILLA1

    Oh Michele – is there anyone as stupid as you?

    March 15, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. AmandainTN

    Umm, wrong again, Michelle. Obama's mistake was widely reported as well.

    If you're going to call yourself a patriot, you might want to get your early American history right. And if you're going to accuse people of bias, you might want to get something resembling an accurate example. What a joke. No one with any common sense would support this moron.

    March 15, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The mistake was not fact checking your talking points. That has been a constant problem for Ms. Bachmann. The fact that she had to go back 3 yrs to find a Obama woops, does not work. God knows we do not have to go back 3 weeks, months or years to find hers.

    March 15, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. johnRJ08

    Bachmann is equating her lack of knowledge of US history with Obama's obvious misstatement about the number of states he had visited. Anybody who doesn't think Obama knows how many states there are is a moron. Anybody who thinks Bachmann simply misspoke is also a moron. Bachmann made her mistake twice in separate statements. The fact is, she didn't know that Concord and Lexington were in Massachusetts. She probably still doesn't.

    March 15, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. Mark

    If Obamas's gaffe was not newsworthy, then how did you hear about it? we all did. he misspoke. you're an idiot. big difference no matter what party you're from.

    March 15, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Lupolt

    Does she know where the Boston Tea Party took place

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

    And how about that right wing bias on the part of Fox News and AM radio huh? Keep on beating that dead horse because its falling on deaf ears sweetheart.

    March 15, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Jerry in NC

    President Obama, a very intelligent man, made an error in speaking....this bimbo, displays her stupidity everytime she opens her mouth! That's the difference! End of story!

    March 15, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Tony Zito

    if Ms. Bachmann was not in the habit of making a genuine fool of herself so frequently, it would be easier to accept her blunder as a slip of the tongue. As it is, I have no trouble believing she wouldn't no New Hampshire from new socks.

    March 15, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Bob W

    I think Ms. Bachmann is really very intelligent and knows a great deal about history and the Constitution. She would be really great leading our nation. I CERTAINLY HOPE SHE GETS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT. It's going to be really hard picking a candidate to run on the GOP ticket there are SOOOOO many gifted and intelligent people out there who are wanting to throw their hats in the ring. Newt, Huckabee, Romney, Palin, and the lovely and talented Ms. Bachmann. Oh boy of boy. What a crew. America is going to be so much better with one of those knuckle heads in office.

    March 15, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Marc

    Funny – I saw Obama's "57 states" comment reported. But the difference there was, obviously a tired candidate, who either said "fifty" instead of "forty," or, perhaps "states" instead of "stops," in unprepared remarks. Bacmann, and the rest of the idiotic, crybaby, whiny "victims" that whine rather than lead want to pose as "Patriots" when they didn't absorb the events that occurred last week, let alone history, geography, governance, or any other skill essential for a Presidential candidate.

    March 15, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Dan

    Why do conservatives always claim the media is biased against them when Obama is the subject of ongoing criticism?

    Bachmann was wrong about something most middle school children know, thus it was not something to be ignored by the press. As Harry Truman said, "If you can't take the heat...".

    Do you think Ms. Bachmann knows who Truman was?

    March 15, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. JW B

    Always the victim..always the victim. We all know that the President knows how many states there are...his statement was a simple case of misspeaking. Even then, it WAS widely reported, no matter what this loon says.

    Bachmann had no clue what state she was speaking of. She was told after, and went straight to the standard "the press is liberal whenever they report anything negative on a conservative and we are always the victim" defense.

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

    is there cheese served with that whine.

    March 15, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Gumboz1953

    Wait. Obama made a mistake, it was reported (yes, dear, it was reported) and he took responsibility for it. This knucklehead makes a mistake, it is reported, and it's liberal bias? Why not just laugh about it and move on, honey? The paranoia of these right wingers is truly frightening.... THAT becomes the story, not the misstatement of history, and gives us one more reason to talk about how delusional they are.

    Keep them away from any power, especially involving nuclear weapons. The world has enough problems right now.

    March 15, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Inglourious

    The media is definitely biased against dimwits who make public speeches.

    March 15, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Stu

    What a total dork this woman is. She did not misspeak and forget to say Massachusetts when she clearly said, "You're the state where..." Or is she saying she is so confused all of the time, she didn't know where she was. I lived in New Hampshire for five years and never once thought I was in Massachusetts. And just to set things straight, when the President (now) said "57 states," the media was all over it. It is the fervent hope of all Democrats that this moron, or the other moron–Sarah Palin–is the Republican nominee.

    March 15, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. yw8

    Standing ovations? More than one?
    Please give her the nomination...please!
    Every idiotic thing she says will be the fault of the liberal media...she is not to be held responsible for one word that leaves her mouth.
    Of course, that begs the question...oh never mind.

    March 15, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  21. anthony

    Well I guess we need that double standard in the media to off-set all of the lies and untruths the Republican propaganda broadcasters (FOX) continually spew out. If the Right media isnt going to report all the wrongs these guys say, then I'm glad the center-left media calls them out on it.
    And balance is restored in the universe.
    By the way, Bachman (whether she were a man or woman) is and idiot with demented agenda.
    I'd love to see Hillary debate her to shreds.

    March 15, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. MBG

    Sorry Mrs. Bachmann, I'm not buying it. You say that you should have said Massachusetts when referring to battles of Concord and Lexington - but you were in New Hampshire. What does mentioning battles at Concord and Lexington in Massachusetts have to do with New Hampshire??? It doesn't. I would accept that you made a mistake....but don't compound it by stating it was just a little gaffe....its a big one...you were in the wrong state.

    March 15, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. Frank in Valparaiso

    Thank God she wasn't around in 1776, we would have lost...

    March 15, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. jamie

    Was Michele Bachmann there when Obama made that gaffe?? I don't think so...I think she heard about it thru the liberal media....

    March 15, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. Andrew

    Congressman Bachman did not misspeak, rather she didn't know what she was talking about (ironic given the TEA Party people's supposed devotion to the founders). She genuinely thought Lexington and Concord were in NH, context makes that clear – she was trying to flatter the audience by saying they were the geographical heirs of the start of the American Revolution. And she was completely wrong. (Similarly, Governor Huckabee did not misspeak when he went on and on about why President Obama's supposed upbringing in Kenya would make him different from the rest of America in his outlook on thing like British imperialism.)

    Candidate Obama simply misspoke. Does anybody really think he believed there were 57 states? He was referring to the 57 states/territories that he had already visited where primaries or caucuses were held to select delegates to the Democratic Convention. It just came out wrong.

    There is a huge difference between him misspeaking and the Congressman not understanding the basic facts about the Revolution.

    March 15, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
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