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. Seattle Sue

    Bachmann sounds just like Palin. It's always the media fault or someone else fault. Bachmann and Palin will never except herself as the biggest fault. I understand she also repeated this falsehood again on Saturday after saying it on Friday. Two days in a row is not a mistake, she just did not know the difference.

    March 15, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Obama's Mistake

    Yeah, because the 57state commment wasn't reported on, which is why I don't constantly read people talking about it. Oh wait, Ms. Bachmann, you are commenting on it. Since you know about it, it was reported. I remember hearing about it all over the place. So your "proof" of liberal media bias is an out right contradiction.

    March 15, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. Former Texas republican

    I wonder if the people who initially voted her into office were aware of her marginal understanding of American history. But then again, considering the other clowns who've been elected to office, does it really matter?

    March 15, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Michigan Don

    What liberal bias? Every news organization that I recieve has a conservative bias.... Buchmann is just plain stupid. If it is not spelled out to her on a screen, she just doesn't have a clue.

    March 15, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Kevin

    So you plan on getting into the White House by complaining?

    March 15, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. Judas

    And here we have the poor persecuted Palin of the lower 48, once again kvetching about the “liberal” media. If Bachmann didn’t have such of penchant for misstating facts, misquoting, re-writing history, making gross exaggerations and just outright lying to the point of being pathological, then the “liberal” media wouldn’t jump each time she opens her big mouth and makes a so-called “mistake”. It’s beyond me how so many people embrace the likes of Bachmann and Palin, when there are so many sane, strong, intelligent, compassionate and highly capable Republican women out there who are eminently qualified to lead our country -- much unlike the two sociopath sisters of the north

    March 15, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. mitch

    um....in case she doesn't remember....the conservatives did and still do rip Obama at every chance they get for every syllable that isn't 100 percent correct. Double standard??????????????? Hardly. But when Bachman says dumb things, they get reported.

    March 15, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Joe

    Only libs can have the misspoke happen–sorry Michele. Unfortunately in today's politics and "news" (more like tabloidism) the shoe only fits on the left foot.

    March 15, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Just look at here eyes... you can always see insanity in the eyes!

    March 15, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Patrick Lewis

    Bull. Fox news eats Obama alive every day.

    March 15, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    When then-candidate Obama said "57" states in error, it was reported widely. The bias isn't in the media; it's in the average person's ability to tell intelligence (Obama) from lunacy (Bachmann).

    Get over it, Michelle! If you can't handle the slightest criticism of your behavior without playing the victim card, then you're not cut out for any elected office, let alone POTUS.

    And to say, "The 3,400 members of the mainstream media are a part of the Obama press contingent." is just plain paranoia!

    March 15, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. 4merRepubCT

    Oh, please, this woman is a moron – not just because of her obvious lack of knowledge about our nation's history, but because she clearly can't hire a speech writer who knows any better. I appreciate her commitment to avoid looking like an intellectual elite – but how dumbed down do we want our leaders to be?

    March 15, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. sadie

    Well she has all the power of FOX (fair and balanced) behind her....just look where she made these comments.....blaming the media for ones own stupidity is..well..just stupid

    March 15, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. ED FL

    Hey little girl you are now playing in the big leagues. Quit crying about being picked on . As [HOPEFULLY NEVER] President the leaders of the world are not going to let you off because of a few tears. You are out of your league and their is no room for CRYBABIES.

    March 15, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Frank

    So, basically her argument is if Obama can make a gaffe, why can't I? One (Obama) is obviously a mis-speak, the other (Bachman) is just a lack of knowledge. I'm betting that everyone who heard both mistakes knows that Obamam knows how many states there are and that Ms. Bachman didn't know where the Revoution actually began.

    March 15, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. dcmisty

    If you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen! Welcome to the big leagues Michele!

    March 15, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    The GOP's base = Every loser out there incapable of accepting responsibility for their actions and words, always playing the victim, using their supposed religious faith as an excuse for all their bad behavior, and caring more about money than people. Oh, and a tab paranoid and insane.

    Describes Bachmann to a tee!

    March 15, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Kara

    Oh, come now, nobody believes the myth of the liberal media anymore. CNN have practically made it their sacred mission to drag the president's approval rating down.
    If the media was liberal, or even centrist, fools like Bachmann would have no platform to speak from. Anyone name just ONE democrat who matches Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum, Palin or Barbour in levels of ignorance and personal scandal. Go on, I dare you.
    And yet the press treat these people with more respect than the president of the united states.
    Liberal! lol!

    March 15, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Reta

    Michele wants us to return to 1776, however, the founding fathers forgot to let women vote until 150 years after....so anything she says is clearly biased....she's worse than Sarah Palin and the other woman who studied witchcraft....these women are phonies....shouting down everyone else with brains because they haven't any!

    March 15, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Have a little cheese with your whine, Ms. Bachman?

    Another bully, another cry-baby, another right winger.

    March 15, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. Fed Up Wth Dems!

    She may have misspoke in New Hampshire, but she was correct in her statements here...

    March 15, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. KO

    What BS. Fox News is a 24/7 conservative bilge-pumping machine. It's the only media outlet Bachmann will go on–the others might actualy ask her something that's not a total softball question.

    March 15, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. OldLarry

    No, Michele, the media is not biased. You are just nuts. I am embarrassed that you represent my district.

    March 15, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Kahuna

    Bachman, the only double standard is that you, and others of your ilk, want to have it both ways. You constantly lie and you don't want the media to report it. You 'make mistakes' and you don't want the media to report it.

    But when you have your bogus Americana events which consist of nothing but your repeated mindless drivel, you scream foul when the media doesn't hang on your every word.

    March 15, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Misspeak once shame on you, misspeak twice shame on your staff.....then blame it on media bias......this lady is a beauty!

    March 15, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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