Michele Bachmann uses fuzzy math to denounce “Obama press contingent”

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Michele Bachmann seems to be doing everything she can lately to sabotage her favorite-daughter-of-the-conservative-movement status. Last week, of course, while speaking to Republicans in New Hampshire, Bachmann exposed her geographical and historical ignorance by making the mistake not once, but twice, of confusing Massachusetts with New Hampshire, telling New Hampshirites, "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord." The fact that there isn't even a Lexington in New Hampshire didn't reflect well on Rep. Bachmann, and to mix up facts about the country's birth, coming from a teabagger who conspicuously champions the Constitution, cannot be good for any presidential aspirations she harbors. Nor can tweets like GOP consultant Mike Murphy's "She makes Sarah Palin look like Count Metternich."

Bachmann predictably caught a lot of flak for the screw-up, and went into defensive mode. On the Laura Ingraham show the other day, Bachmann took all "3,400" members of the "mainstream media" to task for being part of "the Obama press contingent." That's a pretty specific number. And where she got it from is a mystery. Maybe she was omitting Republican whipping boy The New York Times, which has over 7,500 employees. And she couldn't have been familiar with Bureau of Labor statistics which count almost 6,000 "Broadcast News Analysts" alone, let alone 46,000 reporters. Maybe she got the number from the person who told her that the Revolutionary War began in Concord, New Hampshire.

The upshot is that the liberal-bias myth associated with the ostensibly objective media should no longer trouble Republicans if there are only 3,400 members of the mainstream media. Because that would mean that the overwhelming majority of media would lie outside the mainstream, and thus be fair and unbiased.