Bachmann: I made a mistake; media shows bias in reporting it
March 15th, 2011
07:00 PM ET
11 years ago

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. mfhpr

    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 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 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. Thinkingman

    Gee, if the media didn't report on Obama's 57-state gafffe, then how come everyone has heard it over and over and over? The media reports mistakes by politicians, regarless whether they are conservative or liberal. They live for it. Michele and Sarah, et al just hate being caught making mistakes, so they blame the media, and make up stories about how they, and they alone are being picked on. Just laugh it off, admit you screwed up on something that really doesn't matter, and nobody will care. Cry media bias, and you look like an idiot.

    March 15, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Karl Schneider

    Oh, yeah SUUUURE...just a 'slip of the tongue' that happened on TWO consecutive days and she just misspoke about it IN New Hampshire. She must think the rest of the country is as fookin stupid as she is.

    March 15, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. boatnmaniac

    Everyone mispeaks from time to time but it doesn't change the fact that she'd be worse for the Republican party in a presidential race than would Palin. That's still not saying much for the Republicans since neither would hold up well against Obama.

    March 15, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Mike

    Whatever happened to taking full responsibility for one's actions? I can't respect someone who deflects attention from their own mistake by blaming the media. Bias? Ask Dan Quayle. I'm sure he would agree. Wait, he's a Republican. My mistake.

    March 15, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. D in Cali

    Besides why the hell would she say "Massachusetts" when she was speaking in New Hampshire to a New Hampshire audience?!? So basically she really didn't know. Because she really never should have even said that statement in the first place.

    March 15, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. waikikijohn

    She is straight from the Glenn Beck University of distorted history. BTW Ms. Bachmann, what newspapers or magazines do you read? It is so difficult to believe that anyone would consider her or Palin as President.

    March 15, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. James

    Just getting started and already she's acting like Palin.

    March 15, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. marty

    When a statement is repeated again, on another day, it is not a mistake.

    March 15, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. Bill

    WOW! A right-wingnut blaming the liberal media! What a surprise.

    Yawn. Go back under your rock, MB.

    March 15, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. snufflehound

    I meant "misspoke". Fortunately the liberal bias has my back.

    March 15, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Root and stem

    Barack Hussien Obama is an intellectual midget and CNN feels the need to go after Bachman ? No wonder CNN is fading.

    March 15, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Justin

    The notorius 57 state remark was well covered, and STILL pops up from time to time. Bachmann needs to suck it up and move on... The only thing keeping this going is not only was it a gaffe over something at the very core of the Tea Party, but she has had a string of gaffes lately. Here is the same advice Huckabee needs to learn. If you make a mistake own up to it and move on, trying to explain it opens up more room for even more gaffes. When you are in a hole, stop digging and climb out!

    March 15, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. Bette

    So no one is supposed to notice she's stupid? She didn't make a mistake – she doesn't know her history. Like saying our founding fathers abolished slavery – give me a break. Every time she opens her mouth she sticks her foot in it. It's happened over and over again, it's a pattern that highlights her total lack of abilities.

    March 15, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. Tony in Maine

    Obviously, they didn't let "that one" go, Michele. Had they let "that one go" you probably wouldn't have known about it and neither would I. But for you and Sarah not to carry on about the media would be out of character for the Sisters of Perpetual Whine.

    March 15, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. socal frank

    Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 

    March 15, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. moabie

    It isn't as if it were the only one....

    March 15, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. penguinn

    There is a big difference in what happened with Obama's mis-statement. He meant to say "Forty-seven" for the one less than the 48 contiguous states he had been campaigning in and HE KNOWS THERE ARE 48.
    Bachmann really thought it was New Hampshire and said so.

    March 15, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. Tom

    Considering most media is owned by corporations and the networks lean pretty right already, to say the media is biased is true. it is biased towards Bachman and the GOP, but she will have none of that. Typical right winger. Blame someone else when she screws up.

    March 15, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. stand4truth

    Why is it that whenever a Republican twists the truth, they cry the media is biased. What about FOX? They just lie period and offer no apologies. Bachman is inaccurate, and this is the second time she has done this. Why not own up and justify her lie with another lie,, I mispoke". Lawrence Odonnel made mention to her ignorance, as well as her staff's ignorance and the ignorance of the people who voted for her. There is truth in that statement.

    March 15, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Joe

    That sound you hear is the world's tiniest violin playing 'hearts and flowers."

    March 15, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. boatnmaniac

    The GOP needs to field a candidate who is more moderate than the current GOP. The current GOP line which is so strongly influenced by the Tea Party is causing a shift of more moderate GOP people and the right wing leaning independents toward the Dems. Right now the GOP reminds me of a supernova...a dying star (2008 election results) that has one last big blast (2010 election results) before darkening into oblivion (2012 election?) because there's no more fuel to sustain it.

    March 15, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Dial up that lyin' craziness some more, ya' screechin' weasel. Those of us who live in Realityworld remember Obama's gaffes (and Biden's as well) being well reported. Now she can't stand the same scrutiny. Boo-hoo. If you wanna play on the world stage, you gotta lose that Poor Little Me victim act. I guess we really can't expect much more from a Greedy Old Parasite, though.

    March 15, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Larry

    I just don't buy her b.s., whether she's preaching it or making excuses for it. One way or another, it's just a bunch of b.s., and she spills a lot of it. Yuck.

    March 15, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Constitution believer

    Pardon me, Congresswoman... the Obama misstatement, "57 states," WAS reported, and reported quite widely. Please folks, all ya gotta do is Google the new reports of the time. Sheesh.

    Fairly big difference with Bachman's mistake though:
    It is obvious that Obama did not have his facts in error - it cannot be assumed or even contemplated that Obama thought there were more than 50 states. I wouldn't even contemplate the possibility that Bachman or Palin don't know THAT. "57" was obviously a slip of the tongue, which is entirely different than a failure to know facts.

    On the other hand, one can't possibly say to the people of New Hampshire, while in New Hampshire, that their state is the state of Lexington and Concord without actually failing to know the historical facts. That cannot be imagined to be a slip of the tongue.

    (Now, of course, I don't expect everyone to know where the shot heard round the world occurred. Not even all politicians. But if you bring it up yourself in a speech, and have the facts wrong - that is just incompetent. Apparently she thought she'd researched the fact , or why would she have said it at all?)

    But of course, Bachman knows basic propaganda well: speak the lie often enough (her lie: "media is liberal-biased"), eventually people believe it is fact.

    March 15, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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