Bachmann jabs media for hyping Revolutionary War gaffe

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) lashed out at members of the media on Tuesday, blaming them for overhyping a historical gaffe she made during a trip to New Hampshire.

Bachmann, the Tea Party darling who's considering running for president in 2012, acknowledged that she made a mistake when she said (incorrectly) over the weekend that the Revolutionary War started in Concord, N.H., not at Lexington and Concord in nearby Massachusetts, where the revolution actually got under way.

"I made a mistake; I should've said Massachusetts rather than New Hampshire," she said Tuesday. "We all know that there's a double standard in the media."

The Minnesota lawmaker has faced some scrutiny for the occasional mistakes and misstatements she's made during her time as a public figure — the result, Bachmann said, of heightened scrutiny the media applied to Republicans.

Bachmann blamed the "Obama press contingent" for not similarly scrutinizing mistakes President Obama has made, and said conservatives are simply the victims of a hostile media.

"That's just the way it goes. That's what we as conservatives understand," she said. "Only if a conservative makes a misstep is it considered interesting."