Bachmann sits out Newsweek photo debate
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.
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)