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Video: Conservative Media Misquotes, Attacks Pres. Obama for Saying "We Also Have Fewer Horses and Bayonets"

| by Michael Allen

During the third presidential debate, last night, GOP challenger Mitt Romney attacked President Obama over the size of the U.S. navy.

Romney said: "Our Navy is smaller now than any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission, we’re not down to 285. We’re headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration. That’s unacceptable to me.”

In response, President Obama fired off a zinger: “I think Gov. Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example. And that we have fewer ships that we had in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed.”

Now, the conservative media is changing Pres. Obama's statement and claiming he said U.S. the military no longer uses any bayonets or horses, reports MediaMatters.org.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace (below) mentioned that an unnamed Marine had "tweeted Fox News and said the Marines still use bayonets. So it may not be clear who doesn't understand what the military currently uses."

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Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin tweeted that "Mr. Snarky Commander McSnark" was "lecturing Romney on how we don't have bayonets anymore." 

At Breitbart.com, political writer Joel Pollak wrote that "the military still uses bayonets."

This morning on CBS' 'The Early Show,' a befuddled Rep. Paul Ryan said he didn't understand Pres, Obama's statement.