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Bachmann Slams Mainstream Media

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) says the historical errors she made in a speech last week would have never garnered so much media attention if she was a liberal.

“We all know there’s a double standard in the media … as we know all 3,400 members of the mainstream media are part of the Obama press contingent,” she said in an interview with Laura Ingraham today, according to Politico.

In a speech delivered Saturday in New Hampshire, Bachmann twice referred to New Hampshire, instead of Massachusetts, as the state where the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord occurred.

“Only if a conservative makes a misstep is it considered interesting,” Bachmann added, talking about how President Obama’s 2008 reference to the nation’s 57 states had failed to gain significant media attention.

A Gallup poll released today has some good news for Bachmann, though: she’s second only to Mike Huckabee in capturing positive intensity (a number obtained via subtracting a possible candidate’s strong unfavorables from their strong favorables). That puts her ahead of GOP notables such as Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Tim Pawlenty.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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