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. Jason D

    So now its the medias fauly that she doesnt know her history, well considering she doesnt believe history is that important and only started 50,000 years ago she should be forgiven for getting things wrong.

    In her eyes we are the same as those antler weilding fur covered stone agers who rode dinosaurs and hunted sabre tooths so getting a state wrong is probably proof she has evolved, although being a member of the tea party express might prove the opposite is true..regressives an all

    March 15, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. MBW

    Typical GOP strategy: work the ref.

    March 15, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. Shannon

    Do Republicans ever accept responsibility for their own words and actions. It's always someone else's fault, they are always playing the victim card. Pathetic!

    March 15, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. GSW Minnesota

    The problem with Michele is that her "gaffes" come at regular intervals... every time she opens her profoundly large mouth. Please find a way for Michele to avoid the national media attention. I hear that Mars needs moms.

    March 15, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. Wilma

    Here's a question. Did Fox news report her "gaffe"?

    March 15, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Maggie May

    Media bias? Seriously? Then why isn't George Bush in jail for war crimes?

    March 15, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. FRANK LONGO

    Bachman represents Americas most ignorant,racist and self centered citizens. The Ellie Mays and Jethros who want to take America back to:1890. In Bachmans twisted world education is vilified and stupidity and ignorance is glamorized.

    March 15, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. M. Wagner

    Bachmann has met the enemy and it is she and the republican party.

    March 15, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. fairtrade

    She's kidding right? I mean her network set the bar for bias. How can one throw stones and not expect any to be thrown back at them?

    March 15, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Shannon

    sad, batty batchmann has one example of a gaffe made by the President years ago, she makes a gaffe a day. Has anyone been hauled off to a detention camp for filling out their census, have masses of people been killed by death panels. She said everyone was equal when they came to America with our founding fathers, ask women and blacks how that equality worked for them. She said the founding fathers ended slavery, I guess the Civil War wasn't necessary, she is a walking, talking mistake, and embarrassemnt to all women. She says the President is un-American, she is just bad for America.

    March 15, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Whatever

    Bachmann is the definition of pathetic and useless.

    March 15, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Pat-San Jose CA

    Bachmann and other Republicans have brought up Obama's "57 state" mistake many times, and the media reported it when it occurred and every time they brought it up. So where is the "liberal media bias"? Like many other things, a figment of her imagination.

    March 15, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Jay

    Yet when you and other Republicans get constant favorable coverage on Fox News and Democrats get mainly negative coverage, that's completely OK right?

    Shut up you important wannabe. I think you have no distinguishing substance. You're just a pretender looking to look relevant. I wish the Republican primaries would begin. Then you and other trash wannabes would be properly shown your appeal with your own party. And when you humiliatingly see the results, maybe you'll shut up and and take your weak BS talking points with you. Go away wannabe.

    March 15, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. agathokles

    Hmmmm..... the fact that Bachmann knows of Obama's verbal mistake is evidence that it was reported. Where's the double standard?

    March 15, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. DALE

    Oh please. Get over it. If you're a polotician and you make a mistake, it's going to get reported by somebody somewhere, but it's only the Republicans that immediately start crying about the media. You'd get a whole lot more milage out of it if you just say " Well that was dumb" and let it go. I think you'll find the nobody really cares.

    March 15, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Dan

    If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, Ma'am. If you get flustered over a silly deal that the media is making over something "trivial" that you said, I'm not so sure you're ready to be trusted with your finger on the button. Don't-cha think?

    March 15, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Joel

    Poor Michelle Bachmann, she's such a victim...an ignorant, crazy, nasty victim.

    March 15, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. rob

    Her point about the media is right, but complaining about it does her no good. It's deffinately "Gotcha" season for the liberal media when it comes to any Republican

    March 15, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. kari

    An adult would say "yes I made a mistake" and let it go. This woman, much like Sarah P, has to claim that she's some sort of victim of the mainstream media and compare the way she's treated to the way another person is treated. Everyrone is just so unfair to the conservatives! So childish.

    March 15, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    She's learned the game of victimhood from Palin. The conservative movement is over, folks. No ideas. Out of touch. No message. No solutions. Demagoguery ain't gonna work, Bachmann. Go away. Minnesotans who voted for her must just have a GED for their highest education achievement.

    March 15, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Katie

    Yet another female politician who won't just laugh off her own mistake. Not only does she point fingers at the big bad media, but she brings up the same tired old gaffe Obama made. You know, the one he took responsibility for, the one the airhead right and their followers just can't ever let go. I tend to believe he knows how many states there are, while she really didn't know which New England state she was standing in...

    March 15, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. MiddleOfTheRoad

    "I made a mistake. I should've said Massachusetts instead of New Hampshire."......is the perfect response. Just don't follow up with "We all know that there's a double standard in the media."

    March 15, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. S. In California

    The republicans are a VERY PITIFUL group. Obama, Obama, Obama. That's ALL they EVER say.

    Obama 2012 and beyond.

    March 15, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. keeth in cali

    "Cries" being the operative word. The right-wing is still obsessing about "57 states." Keep crying, because you'll never be elected president.

    March 15, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. Dready

    The gaffe by then Senator Obama was also reported in the "bias media" so Represenative Bachmann's point is moot.
    I do have to for once agree with her though, this is a non-issue.

    She says so many other ignorant things why focus on this?

    March 15, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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