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. Dan

    Oh for god sake.

    Michelle Bachmann and her supporters are unbelievable. When she makes a mistake, it's the fault of the rest of the country for pointing out that she's an idiot.

    How did this nutjob get elected, anyway?

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

    Really and washington helped end slavery right

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

    Umm, you just admitted that Obama was caught misspeaking, so how does that make the media biased? They reported a slip of the tongue, and it was corrected. The main reason you get more scrutiny is that you are one of those who screams up and down about being a better American than liberals, so you not knowing your American history is extremely funny just like that witch from Delaware who didn't know the first amendment to the Constitution.

    March 15, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. Brooklyn Mike

    Of course, whether there's bias or not is completely beside the point. When an intelligent person who's otherwise accurate when he speaks makes a mistake, that's one thing. When someone who continually says things that vary from plainly wrong to insanely outrageous lets loose another whopper, well, that's something else, insn't it? On second thought, maybe there IS bias against someone like that holding high public office - if you're biased in favor of simple competence.

    March 15, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. Former Republican

    I learned what state the battles were fought in 3rd. or 4th. grade. Bachman stop rationalizing and just admit you made a mistake. It is no less a mistake just because someone else made a mistake. Get some thicker skin if you want to be in the limelight and stop being the victm.

    March 15, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    uh oh the "evil left wing media" is picking on poor Michelle Backmann. You guys better watch it because she may just start only talking to FoxNews and posting on Twitter and FaceBook from now on.

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

    Doesn't her knowledge of Obama's mistake prove it was reported in the media? This woman and truth usually are not on speaking terms, I've observed.

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

    The difference between Obama's gaffe is that he just misspoke meaning to say 'forty-seven' while Bachmann is clearly just clueless on history. In bringing up Obama, Bachmann continues to twist facts.

    March 15, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. Gary N

    When you are a member of Congress you should know the history of the nation you help govern. There is no bias here, she made a stupid remark and it was reported. The same thing happened when President Obama said he had visited more than 50 states while campaigning and he is a Democrat. What she really needs is to open a book and close her mouth, perhaps that will stop her from making dumb remarks.

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

    WAHHHHH WAHHHHH WAHHHHHH STOP PICKING ON MEEEEEEEE

    Go away, Michelle. You're too stupid to be president (or anything else for that matter).

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

    The entire blogosphere is laughing at her as well. The entire COUNTRY is laughing at her.

    Guess all humans are just biased. Poor little Michelle.

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

    Why is it whenever Palin or Bachmann mess up or stay something completely inept they don't take responsibility for it and blame the "liberal" media instead?
    If you mess up take responsibility for it! Or better yet, know what you're speaking about before engaging your mouth and making yourself look like an idiot.

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

    CNN please quit covering margin news like Bachman.

    March 15, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. Martha in CF

    Poor Michele. Too bad she is a member of the conservative party that gets picked on all the time by the media. What a stupid statement made by a member of congress who doesn't know what she is talking about. It is always better to blame someone else.....Typical Redumblican.............................

    March 15, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I was about to say Ms Bachmann was yet another victim of the "modern" educational system–she looks a great deal younger than her 54 years. But since she's only a few years younger than I am, she really doesn't have much of an excuse.

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

    The newspapers were all over Obama when he made that mistake, as well as the one by Biden. Her problems are insurmountable. She keeps doing this over and over in really exposed situations where she's trying to be 'better' than the other side by making her own type of anti socialist, anti Obama comments AND getting history wrong. You have to have a tight, shiny, fact vetted presentation to do that effectively. So far, she has not. She got what she deserved and it's not over yet.

    March 15, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. d turenne

    Shouldn't a minimum requrement of a presidential candidate be a basic knowledge of American history? It would also show some character if a candidate took responsibility for their words instead of blaming the press. Why shouldn't we know what Michele doesn't know? It's as important as knowing that Sarah can see Russia from her deck.

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

    Every time she opens her mouth she misspeaks. Please Republicans, lock her up in the closet and give us a viable candidate.

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

    Another brilliant comment by the Whiner Party aka Tea Party. Interesting, when Hillary Clinton cried a gender based foul before the last election several notable Republicans, including Sarah Palin, jumped all over her saying it was inappropriate and showed that she didn't have the tenacity to be President. Then its the first bandwagon SP jumps on when she gets asked a tough question like "What do you read?" Incidentally, Obama did take a lot of crap for his comment in the press. Must have been in the publications that Tea Partiers don't read. Bachmann is just another one in a long line of incompetents that comprise the Tea Party.

    March 15, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. ballarat99

    Any error is fair play. She is certainly showing her presidential qualifications here! What a freaking bozo.

    March 15, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. mike moderate

    What a lame excuse for being uninformed and just plain dumb......she got hit in the head by the same dummy stick that hit Palin.

    If I screw up....all I have to do is same the mainstream media did it............wow!!....how convenient.

    Keep in mind folks...these are your top tier GOP candidates

    March 15, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    aaaaaawwwwhhhhhhhhhh....poor little michele. the whole world is against her just because she's uneducated and rarely accepts blame for the lack of knowledge and fabrications she spews. hey michele...you haven't a clue how bad it could be. imagine being black and 42% of the country believing you were born in Africa when in fact you were born in the U.S. imagine people in congress, your colleagues, saying this stuff to anyone that will listen and wants to believe it. yes, michele, life is hard when you don't have a good education. this will all catch up with you...

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

    Just look at all the stuff obama has said ...nope ,no reports Backmans right again

    March 15, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. D in Cali

    Mistake yes, but it was such an idiotic mistake that it deserves reporting no matter who said it....especially someone who should know better.

    March 15, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. Michael Jones

    I freely admit being an idiot, but you holding me accountable for being an idiot is your fault.

    Your idiocy is a campaign issue, Michelle. Indeed, with you, it's the only issue. It's the only thing you bring to the table. Raw, unadulterated idiocy.

    This is why you're not qualified to run a gas station, much less be a Congresswoman, and sure as hell aren't qualified to be President.

    In summary, go away.

    March 15, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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