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. ballarat99

    I guess with the lack of replies or comments, that everyone realizes that Bachmann is a joke. Sorry to add crap the blog space. Thought someone would support this moron, but guess not. That is a great sign for US!

    March 15, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Matt

    Yeah, It's the media's fault for you being a dingbat.

    March 15, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Elphaba

    Yeah, right. There's a double standard alright. When idiots say something wrong about one of the first things school children learn about our country, we need to know about it, expecially if that idiot wants to run for POTUS.

    March 15, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Steve in Denver

    Poor, poor, pitiful me! that darn liberal media is out to get me.

    The same "liberal" media that didn't ask a single question in the run up to the invasion of Iraq? The same "liberal" media that sat on the bush wiretapping story for a year before breaking it? THAT liberal media?

    No, ms. bachmann. You are crazy, and like the quitter from wasilla, have no grasp of history, current events, economics, or any other relevant topic for a congresswoman or president. You, like the tea party you lead, celebrate ignorance.

    I'm so glad we went with the smart one!

    March 15, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Positive

    I've heard enough of members of the GOP constantly portraying themselves as victims in the past few years to last a lifetime. Where is all that personal responsibility they always accuse others of lacking? Is then-candidate Obama making one gaffe is supposed to excuse them from all gaffes for life? As I recall, much ado was made of his and he owned up to it. Maybe that's part of why we now call him President Obama.

    March 15, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Chris

    Democrat or Republican, you don't come off as very prepared for some pretty basic stuff when you don't know where the "Shot Heard Round the World" was fired. Maybe not a big deal if you're interviewing for work on the PTA committee, but when you are looking to run, say, for president of the United States, a blunder like that is probably going to be noticed and commented on... and not in a positive light.

    March 15, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. buckthorn

    There's misspeaking, ands then there's not having a clue as to what you're talking about. Repeatedly. That's the difference.

    March 15, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Bob

    Actually, Ms. Bachmann Obama's "gaffe" was widely reported, and the press hounded him about other things, including Rev. Wright and much more. If you can't stand the scrutiny that goes with being a potential presidential candidate, maybe you should stay in the House - or Minnesota. Meantime, please stop whining like Palin does.

    March 15, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Bob Lees

    I love the politics of personal responsibility when practiced by this vacant eyed whacko. Wahhhhh poor me, I don't have a clue what happened during the Revolutionary war but I wanna be presiden... preisis...pressss...boss. Wahhhhhh.

    What a putz. If this idiot and her compatriots are the best the GOP has I think Obama should be able to cruise to re-election without even mounting a campaign.

    March 15, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Jane

    Michelle Bachmann didn't fall off a turnup truck, they pushed her off. What a dunce! Go to the back of the class sister!!

    March 15, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. cmkc

    What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News is a book by columnist Eric Alterman. Read it, Michelle.

    March 15, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. Kevin

    It's only news when Republicans/tea partiers make mistakes because everybody knows Democrats are educated (so it's just a slip-up), but GOP/baggers cheated on all their academic tests, so they really don't know the difference.

    March 15, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Jeff

    She is so full of it. When Obama said that the GOP was all over it. I heard it on Fox News MONTHS after he said it.

    March 15, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. Franckie

    What's the Rupublican Party coming to? Two of their front runners, both women, are good looking but dumb as a box of rocks. The Repuiblicans must take the American voters as bunch of back water idiots. They thunk if we see a good looking candidate, that's good enough for us.

    March 15, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. Tom

    Michelle Bachmann is every bit as stupid as her shadow, Sarah. I would love to see her run for President in 2012.

    March 15, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. JB

    Best I can remember Fox News was all over his gaffe, seems as though Laura was all over it one night when she was sitting in for Mr. O'riely

    March 15, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Lara

    Michelle – the issue is you misspeak a lot. There are not 100s of Nobel laureates who agree with intelligent design, our founding fathers did not fight against slavery (in fact several were slave owners), there's lots of evidence that carbon is a potent green house gas. The list of your errors goes on.

    March 15, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. Honest Mistake, But Blame The Media Anyway

    She' an idiot. Not because she made a mistaken reference but because she pointed out the Obama did the same thing which was reported in the media AND then says that proves the media has bias. That makses no sense.

    March 15, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. dude

    Just what we DON'T need, an idiot AND a cry baby for a president: Michelle Whaaaaaaaa Bachmann!

    March 15, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Wah Wah Wah Wah Wah

    Poor little picked on idiot. ALMOST as bad as Palin, but gve her enough time and she'll catch up.

    Gawd - what retards !!

    March 15, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. James

    I made a mistake and the media reported the fact. Waaa. Epic Fail as a politician. Time to go, we have some lovely parting gifts for you.

    March 15, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. Dave

    Ms. Bachmann, the gig is up. Just tattoo a big "L" on your forehead. Why can't an INTELLIGENT republican run for office? After 8 years of doofy Dubya, we need a Rhodes scholar, not an idiot.

    March 15, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. John

    This chic is worse than Palin even.......omg how can anyone be serouis about electing her to local dog catcher even? You had better wake up America and see that the Tea Party is throwing out nothing but IDIOTS as candidates! Hey Tea Party know why you can't get a good nominee? Because all the SMART ones know that your party is NOT a grass roots organization but soemthing that was created by the Koch Brothers and big business that is disguised as some all american organization.

    March 15, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. Stan the Man

    Just like Palin. No brains, and when she's called to task for her dumb statements, she blames the "lamestream" media for covering it. Just like Palin, who whined that Katie Courac asked her a "gotcha" question when she asked what newspapers she reads.

    March 15, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. DAVE

    whats wronge with showing that see makes mistakes! we all make mistakes but it really is funny by someone who spouts the founding fathers so much would be that clueless!

    March 15, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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