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. T'sah from Virginia

    [I made a mistake, but the media's reporting of it proves bias.]
    What was discussed in NH should have stayed between us
    [President Barack Obama misspoke as a candidate]
    And he definitely admitted ALSO that he made a mistake

    You blame the liberal media but you should remember
    Fox News’ liberal guests are totally dismembered
    The problem with YOU and Palin – You have NO insight
    About the history you CLAIM you wrote – but can NEVER get it RIGHT!

    Jeez!

    March 15, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Guest

    Have you ever heard of Fox News?

    March 15, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Soapscum5

    Boo hoo. What an idiot. She is the gift that keeps on giving,Obama2012 is all but guaranteed with theRepublican morons out there.Thanks Michelle (and Sarah)!

    March 15, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    And if they didn't, they'd be biased...

    March 15, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. demps

    My mother once told me if you have nothing nice to say about someone you should say nothing at all......sorry Ma this woman is delusional and ignorant.

    March 15, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Eric

    Ha Ha!

    I'll bet even money that one can find audio (if not video) of her ranting about Obama's 56 states. The difference is that she was reading from prepared remarks, inaccurately pandering to the state's place in American history. I don't see her winning NH, but amongst all of them, she has the best chance for a place on the ticket. Personally, I think that she'll be gunning for the VP spot, look to her to pick on the weakest Republican candidates rather then the strongest polling ones, well, them and Obama of course.

    March 15, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    you didnt make one mistake you idiot..you repeated it the next day...duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    March 15, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. David, CA

    Cry me a river. What a hypocrite. Just like Palin; they constantly make fools of themselves and then it's ALWAYS someone else's fault for mentioning it.

    March 15, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Disgusted

    Wah, wah, wah. For someone who purports to love the Constitution, Michelle seems to have forgotten a basic freedom ... that of the press. Oh, wait, my mistake, that's in the Bill of Rights. She probably didn't read that far. Or forgot that there are several amendments to the document. Also, isn't she a leader of the Tea-baggers? I hope she knows that the Boston Tea Party took place in MASSACHUSETTS.

    Seriously,this woman is just too stupid to be president. I hope the majority of American voters see that.

    March 15, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. Craig

    Why can't she just admit that she is stupid and has no business being in Congress? Is it a Tea Party mandate not to admit to any mistakes?

    March 15, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Carter Nash

    I would say that also, if I was that stupid

    March 15, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Ken, AZ

    Unfortunately, that is not the only gaffe Bachmann has made. They are so big and frequent that they beg to be highlighted. For example "The founding fathers abolished slavery"; "President Obama's trip to India costs $200 million per day", and there are many others. Gaffes like these shows her ignorance and the ignorance of her followers because they believe everything she says. It's hard to say who is more ignorant, Bachmann or Palin.

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

    Of course they reported Obama's blunder. As usual she just feels persecuted because it's HER. If it was some Democrat she' be right on the 'ol bandwagon.

    March 15, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Maybe it would be easier to over look if it was an isolated incident, but MB is a gaffe machine! Conan, Jay, Dave and Jimmy just love her. She makes their jobs easier!!

    March 15, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. Seth Hill

    When Obama made his gaffe about 57 states, it was plastered all over the radio, print, and TV instantly! Ms. Bachmann is just wrong. What she really means is "the media should report only good things about me." Of course that's what we all would prefer, but it just doesn't work that way... If you don't like the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

    March 15, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. paul

    Michele, when you make mistake after mistake you can't blame the media. You have slandered Obama on his birth, made a mockery of when slavery started, insulted Mass on their history, made comments about Obama being un-american, that Obama would round up conservatives and put them in camps, that Obama was brainwashing school children because he told them to study hard, etc. etc. Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself why you are mad at others for pointing out your mistakes.

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

    She made a mistake – no big deal. Just think of the mistake the people of her district made in sending her to DC. So far Obama should not worry about 2012.

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

    Personal responsibilities? Are they just slogans?

    Education, something we shouldn't be proud of? Mocking the pres for Ivy league? What is the real purpose, Michelle, the less educated the better? Then no one will notice the gaffes? Go ahead, show yourself to America, but first, take some crash course on American and world (geography, etc) history. It looks like it was not in the curriculum at Oral Roberts, you seem to be needed it now...

    March 15, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. snufflehound

    The difference is that Obama, unlike ithe demagogue Bachmann, is extraordinarily intelligent, articulate, and thoughtful; his gaffes are a rarity. Even if Bachmann simply mispoke extemporaneously in this case, it is plausible, given her track record, that she really meant New Hampshire.

    March 15, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. Jronn

    I wonder why Ingram or whatever her names is didn't Bachman if she stil thinks the founding fathers freed the slaves as she stated earlier this year? lThe funniest thing about this though is that this person would compare herself to President Obama.

    March 15, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. Midwestmatt

    Actually, Obama's gaffe was widely reported, Michelle. Get a clue.

    March 15, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. MikeyModerate

    Why is that that conservatives can typically only name that particular '57 state' gaffe of Obama's and the 'bring a gun' to a knife fight statement Obama made. These are the only two Obama 'slip ups' conservatives love to repeat. Could it be that Obama gaffes are much more infrequent than Bachmann's or Palin's? There is no equivalence here. Michele Bachmann has been a gaffe and lie machine. President Obama is a Columbia and Harvard educated law professor. Michele Bachmann is so many leagues below the president its not even funny.

    March 15, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Chris

    Bachmann, give us a break! You and your moron twin, Palin, seem to just loooove playing the victim. The media SHOULD be reporting on instances of stupidity from our elected officials and those who seek public office. You got American Revolution 101 wrong, but you want to run for president of the country that resulted from that revolution! Don't look now, but that's news!! Did you ever once consider if you're receiving harsh criticism from the media that you just flat out earned it? Personally, I don't think they're tough enough on you. You personify what's wrong with this country.

    March 15, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. MikesOpinion

    Wrong Michelle...When Obama said "57 states" that was widely reported then, and continues to be reported by Faux News every chance they get. Quit your whining.

    March 15, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. Michelle Bachmann

    The media is baised against total idiots in positions of power! Foul ! Bias !

    March 15, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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