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Bachmann sits out Newsweek photo debate

August 10, 2011

Sexist, biased or just a bad editorial decision?

Whatever it is,  White House hopeful Michele Bachmann is not engaging in the debate  (at least publicly) over the appropriateness of a Newsweek cover photo of her that has generated a lot of buzz.

The only woman in the crowded field of candidates vying for the 2012   Republican presidential nomination, Bachmann has remained focused on her mission, stomping in  Iowa  ahead of  the state’s Republican Straw Poll on Saturday.  (She  announced more local endorsements on Tuesday.)

When the Minnesota Congresswoman and Tea Party star — whom even many of her opponents agree is photogenic — was asked about the controversial magazine cover on Monday, she simply said she had not seen it  and moved on.

That might have been the end of the story for her, but Newsweek has been taking heat for the unflattering photo of a wide-eyed Bachmann with the caption “The Queen of Rage” on this week’s cover. The story inside is about  Bachmann’s  rise on the road to  Iowa.

Critics cried “foul” and,  from the opposite side of the ideological divide, the National Organization for Women came to Bachmann’s defense.

And The Christian Science Monitor asked: “Did Newsweek set out to make Michele Bachmann look like a loon? ” The CSM article included a photo gallery showing the candidate in a much nicer light.

Newsweek made no apologies for the Bachmann photo it chose to use . Editor Tina Brown said on Twitter: “Michele Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek’s cover captures that.”

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Brian Frank (Bachmann speaks at rally in Polk County, Iowa)

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If it squawks like loony tunes, reasons like loony tunes and jumps around like loony tunes….it must be Michelle. Newsweek got it right, The Goddess of Rage is outrageous in her loony accusations. If American Republicans are seriously considering her candidacy for the nations highest office, every American should be as fearful as she looks loony on Newsweek’s cover.

Posted by JayArr | Report as abusive
 

A loon will always look like a loon. I don’t understand what the fuss is? Have you ever heard this women speak?

Posted by fromthecenter | Report as abusive
 

If this woman is elected she will do everything she can to make this country a fundamentalist Christian state. She is the Christian version of Mohammed Omar.

Posted by USAPragmatist | Report as abusive
 

Read Newsweek lately? It’s the printed version of NPR or MSNBC. Enough said.

Posted by actnow | Report as abusive
 

She’s crazier than she looks.

The Newsweek cover actually was pretty kind, considering she posed for it.

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive
 

Looks a lot like a wax figure from Madame Toussaut’s .

Posted by aota | Report as abusive
 

Thank you Tina Brown…..for showing America the true “face” of Michelle Bachman. Behind it and at the top is supposed to be a brain, but their isn’t. Bachmann is a complete and total NITWIT. The photo is accurate.

Posted by chgoguy88 | Report as abusive
 

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