Here is Newsweek’s Michele Bachmann cover that garnering a great deal of criticism from around the media-sphere. For good reason.
Michele Bachmann may sound crazy to a lot of people, but judging from the amount of completely nice and normal photos I see of Bachmann on a regular basis Newsweek had to look long and hard to find a photo that makes her look totally insane.
And to what end? All that’s going to follow this cover is a bunch of cable segments about how coverage of women candidates is still sexist (it is, and shame on you Tina Brown!) and why if Bachmann was a man she would never be pegged with the ‘rage’ label. Or this insulting picture.
Meanwhile, her questionable politics will get left to the wayside.
If this is exactly what Tina Brown is hoping for (of course it is) then perhaps she has a short memory. The last Newsweek cover that produced a lot of excessive chatter was her weird Princess Di cover and while it made for good conversation it failed to impress advertisers.
It’s worth noting that the story that accompanies the cover is anything but rageful, or enlightening. In fact it’s little more than a few cursory quotes from Bachmann (“Americans aren’t expressing “unhinged anger,” she says. “People are saying the country is not working.”) and some familiar biographical facts. Perhaps Brown hoped the cover shot would add the necessary juice to give it some online life.
For an actual interesting article on Bachmann one must turn to this week’s New Yorker feature by Ryan Lizza (Tidbit: Her state senate campaign website recommends a book that essentially defends slavery.)
It’s worth nothing this is not the first time Newsweek has gotten into trouble with their ‘cover’age of a female right-wing political candidate.
Back in November of 2009, under Jon Meacham‘s editorship, when Sarah Palin was still the most talked-about woman in politics they published a cover picture of her in her running shorts (lifted from a profile in Runners World from earlier that year) with the hed ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah Palin?’ The answer, it turns out, was not with belittling covers.
The more things change…
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