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. Jack

    The difference is: Obama did not blame the press. He took the blame for making the mistake. End of story. Bachmann wants to blame everyone else. The difference between class and "I'm the victim." JFK would have laughed it off and made some self-deprecating witty remark. Something like: "To my good friends in New Hampshah. You may not have fired the first shot heard round the world but you will fire the next shot heard round the world. Watch out Massachussets." Something funny. We have a bunch of over-zealous, fanatical, humorless ding dongs running for President on the GOP ticket.

    March 15, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. WinkinBlinkinNod

    Clearly, Bachmann had no idea the battles she referred to took place in Massachusetts or she wouldn't have used that analogy during the event in NEW HAMPSHIRE. So by comparing her gaffe to Obama's she's insinuating that Obama didn't know how many states there are in the union. If she actually believes that, she's only futhering her image problems as a no nothing dingbat.

    March 15, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. whatabunchofcrap

    The media is as tough on Obama as anyone. Funny that I remember the 57 states comment made it to every major news outlet. This is just another lie that many will believe. The concept of a 'liberal media' is a joke.

    March 15, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. lynn

    If you're running for the highest office in the U.S., a mistake like that isn't forgiveable. She needs to focus on hand notes, that way she always has the answers at her fingertips. Goofball.

    March 15, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. mm

    Oh, please! The media went reported every Obama mistake. If she can't take the heat, then she shouldn't be out in public.

    March 15, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Lee

    Accountability is a one-way street apparently. What a whiny, little person.

    March 15, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. LYNETTE IN CA

    Bachmann's gaffe wasn't just any mistake! She didn't even understand well known history points. It's as bad as the Southwest commercial where the Rapper thanks one city, but is in another. "Want to get away?" Bachmann should just get away!

    March 15, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. mypitts2

    The snarky headline exposes the utter foolishness of her stance. Sorry, Bachmann, but the dastardly media is likely to report when a potential presidential candidate shows a stunning ignorance of U.S. history in an age when anything can be found on the Internet within seconds. Why would someone want to lead a country she knows nothing about?

    March 15, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Bill

    Well, Michele, you want to be a big time politician. Welcome to the way things are.

    March 15, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. JLR

    The collective martyr complex of the republican party is getting tiresome.

    March 15, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. OneMoreTime

    Here we go again, blame the media for her stupidity. . If they didn't report President Obama's "gaffe" how come we all
    know about it? Beevis Ingraham and Butthead Bachman having a nice little conversation that amounts to ignorance
    ad nauseaum.

    March 15, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. MartiM

    Wow, shades of Sarah Palin!

    March 15, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Yeah, how dear the media report that a prominent political figure doesn't know what she's talking about...

    March 15, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. GrogInOhio

    OR... it could be that the laughable ignorant are like a train wreck. One can't help but look...

    March 15, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. greg in jax

    oh wow. I guess its the Radical Right vs the rest of the world.

    March 15, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Teller

    Hey Michele, wnat some cheese with that whine.

    March 15, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. Will G

    Cant believe CNN is starting to give this stuff billing.
    We might have to look at them as a real News Source

    March 15, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. video guy

    It's not that she makes miss speaks, we all do, its more that she is a hateful lady who lies regularly.

    March 15, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. Mark

    Ummm...the difference, Dumb Dumb, is that no one believed Obama thought there were 57 states. No one. With you? We're not so sure what you think.

    I can't wait until you present your birth certificate at the first Presidential Debate. Presidential, indeed.

    March 15, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. JamesinCT

    “We all know that there’s a double standard in the media.” – yup every side has their spin doctors. But to want to run for POTUS you should know the basics of American history. At least prepare a little and know a little about a the state you are visiting. It really shows you don't know and don't care about any of us here in the NE

    March 15, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Dave

    The Bias in the Media is PRO RIGHT WING. Take whats going on in Wisconsin, take whats going on in Afghanistan, never an honest news article. The media is owned by large corporations, they are biased toward the views of the owners, all republicans, all wealthy. TV news is dead, I'm sick of hearing about cats stuck up trees and auto accidents. The fairness doctrine in broadcasting was tossed out by Mark Fowler, one of Reagan's guys..

    March 15, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Debbie

    Just like Palin she's a whiner!

    March 15, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. SOLE

    The news DID report on Obama's gaffes which is why Bachmann knew of them.

    March 15, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. KJ

    Would she give the President the same courtesy that she is asking for?

    March 15, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. A keen observer

    What is it with republicans? They can't seem to keep their facts straight, even the ones they make up, and then claim a media bias by republican owned media. It seems like all the republican politicians or wannabees are cry babies. Grow up!

    March 15, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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