Bachmann Explains Gaffe—by Making New Gaffe Says mainstream media's '3,400' members are to blame... 63 comments Comments (AP) (User Submitted) – Michele Bachmann yesterday fired back at critics who poked her recent American history gaffe on the Laura Ingraham Show. She accused all "3,400" members of the "mainstream media" of being "part of the Obama press contingent." There's just one tiny problem with her counting, notes Alex Pareene in Salon: As of May 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics counts almost 6,000 people as being "broadcast news analysts." It also had around 46,000 people down as being reporters. And the New York Times alone has more than 7,000 people on its payroll. Read the full article.