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. ja

    the tale, has risen, it is called HARDBALL, not for wimps, stay on the porch

    March 15, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Brandon

    Rep. Bachmann! The media was just trying to be FAI R and BALANCE like FOXY NEWT.

    March 15, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Bonnie

    I'm surprised she has waited so many minutes and seconds to blame others for her "fact".

    March 15, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Thomas

    As I recall, the folks at Fox News had a field day with Obama's remark about 57 states. The difference was that at the time, he was making an off-the-cuff remark in a fairly informal setting AND he was exhausted due to his heavy campaigning schedule. Michele Bachmann, on the other hand, made her gaff while speaking at a formal engagement and was reading from a prepared speech.

    Let's all remember that she was also the one who insisted that President Obama's trip to India cost the taxpayers $200 000 000 PER DAY (which turned out to be total nonsense) and regaled another audience with fairy tales about how ALL people in America during the time of the Founding Fathers had an equal opportunity to be successful, which I'm sure came as a great relief to the African slaves, the Irish (who were told they "need not apply") the Chinese who were killed by the thousands during the building of the railroads and the Natives Americans who were slaughtered by the millions.

    March 15, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Rob in MO

    Liberal bias??? I remember frequent media mocking of Obama's mistake about 57 states; this is the first I have heard of Bachmann's plunder, and I read and listen to the "liberal" media incessantly. Where's the bias? Her own example refutes her charge.

    March 15, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Nick Danger

    Sure, blame the media.......and accept no blame otherwise....Concord, New hampshire and Concord, MA may sound the same, but noone makes that mistake who has an kind of education....enough already, she'll have 2 dozen more gaff's like this....the bigger question is who is really listening to her? ...Perhaps those folks who think Concord is most famous for grape jelly....

    March 15, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. ahemahem

    Want some cheese with that?

    Obama didn't go around blaming the media when they pointed out his gaffe.

    March 15, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. jake

    WAAAAAAAAAA..she whinned to a consevative talk show host...why not go to the real media and talk to them?...because your a chicken just like palin and the rest. you hide behind fox news and no other..WAAAAAAAAA,

    March 15, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. YaredRasta

    The nuance in the difference in the gaffee is subtle but important. Pres Obama did misspeak as we all know he is smart enough to know we have 50 states, but on the other hand, Mrs. Bachmann just did NOT know the historical facts. She is comparing apples & oranges.

    March 15, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Mike in Texas

    Obama said...We've been to states one more left.....not going to Alaska and Hawaii. A lot different than getting a pre written speech consecutive days. I am sure your friends at Fox pointed out Obama's error when he did it.

    Have you sponsored any significant legislation in the 4+ years you have been in Congress Michelle? Or are you still hiding behind the bushes.

    March 15, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Really?

    I don't know what "media" outlets she looks at, but I remember Obama getting getting called out on several gaffes including the 57 states one. The reason it may not stand out as well is because Joe "the gaffe master" Biden was also in the headlines at the same time and he is far more entertaining. So to sum up, Bachmann= Biden in this election cycle. I just hope she gets a sense of humor about it like Biden's got about his gaffe problem.

    March 15, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Karl

    Listen my children and you shall hear
    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere
    Who galloped from Boston astride a fast horse
    But took a false turn from the west to the north
    So that Concord and Lexington didn't awake
    Or perhaps Mrs. Bachmann has made a mistake

    March 15, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. Brian

    Once is a mistake/gaffe. Three times (once the night before and one other time in the same speech) is another matter entirely. Does not compare to the Omaha gaffe she cites.

    March 15, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. srichey

    She's in the wrong business if she's going to keep claiming media bias.

    March 15, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. dina

    Why is it that when we finally get some women in politics, they turn out to be stupid women like Palin and of course Bachman. The Republicans certainly must have smarter women to represent them. What a disgrace to have stupid women like this thinkking of wanting to be president. OUr country would never recover from them. Send them to China to clean up the reactors, but of course Palin didn't like being in Hawaii because she thought there were to many Asians. What a set of stupid bookends these women are. They are like chalk on a board.......I hope they go away soon.

    March 15, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Finch

    Boy, talk about someone who has been drinking the kool-aid.

    Does she not remember how the press went on and on over Obama's "57 state" blunder. I know it was fodder–as it should have been–on the Daily Show with John Stewart.

    If she can't stand the criticism, she needs to take her hurt feelings home. Women like this give the rest of us a bad name.

    March 15, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. Murf

    This woman is nuts. Google Obama's 57 states comment and guess what happens, you'll find the various news organization and blogs that picked it up and PUBLICIZED it. She's flat wrong in saying that Obama's gaffe didn't make news. I'm a little more inclined to cut a little slack to a guy that in 15 months almost made it to 57 states. His appearance schedule would make Bachman's look like a weekly meeting of the women's auxilary. She needs to quit coloring her hair and let the blonde grow back.

    March 15, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. SNAPPA

    I wouldn't mind but you said it twice, two different nights. You'd think your staff could inform you since your ignorance about the founding of America is a valid story to run. If you want to go around quoting "founding" fathers you'd think you'd know something about them. I feel very sorry for your children, you home schooled them and now they know what you know, virtually nothing. I wonder if you also taught them how the founding fathers ended slavery? Which of course they did no such thing. You would believe like Sarah Palin that you would educate yourself with some basic knowledge about American history especially if you want to run the country, I believe in order to run a country you should know something about it.

    March 15, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. JasonP

    Yeah, ok call it bias. Whatever. We know you're a flaming idiot.

    March 15, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. Uncle Fudd

    What a child. She has the emotional maturity of a 1st grader and she wants us to think she could be President? Give me a break.

    PS: Obama's gaffe got lots of coverage, much more than hers. Why? He was a serious candidate. She is either performance art or street theater, I'm not sure which.

    March 15, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Jk

    Attacking the media is the favorite past time of people who have a lot to hide. The current play book presented by these anti-patriots such as Palin and Bachmann is to control access to only tame lapdog media, speak rarely and never for the record to the mainstream media, insult the media often and at a high volume, and to hope that the gaffs and poorly thought out policy is ignored until they get elected. We are rapidly moving to an era of state media (Fox), destruction of unbiased news outlets, and Americans who have been trained to give up critical thinking and embrace cognitive dissonance by a group of prestidigitation experts who are adept at palming the queen of spades while telling you that you can win if you can only follow their cards. One of the reasons you have to respect the Romney and Newt clones is they did not learn their plays from Jim Jones.

    March 15, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. diana

    If she say it right, then she should not talk about historical events.

    March 15, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. jacquie

    The problem with her credibility is that the MSM give her plenty of airtime for her to sit in front of a camera like a stupid Stepford Wife spouting a canned opinion not based in fact. If you live by the sword honey, you will di by it. Come prepared. Oh and Obama "misspeaks" rarely, she does it repeatedly, mainly because she has no depth of understanding of the subject matter. She's a brunette Barbie doll. She get's attention just like Palin because she is attractive. No one is following other women reps WITH substance because they apparently don't create news generating gaffes. Shut up and try doing the job and stop just spewing the canned positions of Fox News.

    March 15, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Charlie from the North

    Okay, If you make an name for yourself by being mean you should not be too surprised when people delight in your unfortunate lack of knowledge. Ask yourself Michelle, what would be your reaction if Barack Obama got something as basic as US history wrong. If you can honestly say you would "let it slide" then fine the press is over-reacting but give me a break. I will let you in on a little secret. Ronald Reagan made little mistakes like that all the time. I have no love for his governing but he got away with it because he was a nice guy (or at least he played one on TV)) you are mean spirited and play to the worst tendencies of our electorate. So don't be surprised that people don't like you.

    March 15, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. thomas

    Bachmann / Palin 2012 ! THE GOLDEN GIRLS / DREAM TEAM !
    Truth doesn't matter , it's all about the lie !

    March 15, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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