Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Tuesday, "The 3,400 members of the mainstream media are part of the Obama press contingent."
Appearing on the "Laura Ingraham Show, " Bachmann addressed all the liberal hyperventilating that occurred after her gaffe about Lexington and Concord being in New Hampshire rather than Massachusetts (video follows with transcript and commentary):
RAYMOND ARROYO, GUEST HOST: Are you surprised by the ferocity of the criticism over this?
REPRESENTATIVE MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MINNESOTA): No, no not at all, because we all know there's a double standard in the media. And of course when President Obama said that there had been a tornado in Kansas, and 10,000 people had been killed, that wasn’t considered newsworthy when he was campaigning for president. And then he said that he was in 57 states and he was on his way to the 58th, and of course that wasn’t considered newsworthy, because as we all know, the 3,400 members of the mainstream media are part of the Obama press contingent. And this is just what we get. So it doesn’t matter which conservative is out there, if, if, if a error is made, in any way, that’s 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 it goes. I think that that is what we as conservatives understand.
ARROYO: Yeah, or when President Obama said the military corpse were before him instead of the mili, the Marine Corps.
ARROYO: But that, too, escaped coverage.
BACHMANN: Right, it’s not considered interesting. Right, it’s not, only if a conservative makes a misstep is it considered interesting.
Despite her misstep this weekend, Bachmann was spot on with her commentary Tuesday.
The microscope conservatives are under - especially female conservatives - is possibly like nothing we've ever seen. If Democrats were judged this keenly, the gaffe machine of Obama-Biden would never have won in 2008.
Sadly, this double standard is going to continue, which means that for someone like Bachmann to advance in her political career, she's going to have to pitch a perfect game.
That may be asking too much, but in this era of advocacy journalism, it's the harsh reality.