From U.S. News & World Report:
Both the New Yorker and Newsweek featured profiles on Rep. Michele Bachmann recently. As Robert Schlesinger points out on the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, the New Yorker profile connects Bachmann with some controversial views on American slavery (an issue that has caused problems for the Bachmann campaign before). The Newsweek profile isn’t exactly kind to the presidential candidate either. However, it is the cover of the magazine that is catching the most attention.
On it, the camera has captured Bachmann looking wide-eyed and surprised above the headline “Queen of Rage.”
I guess, Mr. DeMille, that Botox Batshit Bachmann wasn’t ready for her closeup.
The image choice may be a nod to the infamous video of Bachmann’s response to the State of Union in which she did not make eye contact with the camera and was parodied on SNL. Back then, Bachmann appeared to be more of a fringe politician. Since announcing her candidacy for president, she has stepped onto the national center stage. The Des Moines Register reports her polling only a point behind former Gov. Mitt Romney in Iowa, where the first major electoral event, the Iowa caucuses, takes place.
The Bachmann cover has yet again raised questions about bias in the media’s coverage of certain candidates (as former Gov. Sarah Palin calls it, “Lamestream Media”).
Botox Batshit Bachmann:
I am big. It’s the magazine that got small.
The rightwing crazies are going nuts, of course. From the Los Angeles Times:
Is it fair to call Michele Bachmann the “Queen of Rage?” That’s what Newsweek has gone ahead and done on the cover of its most recent issue, a cover that has Bachmann’s conservative supporters, well, uh, raging.
Tea-party activist Dana Loesch, writing at Andrew Breitbart’s “Big Journalism” site, denounced the cover as chauvinistic. Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin, addressing Newsweek editor Tina Brown, said, “You’ve resorted to recycling bottom-of-the-barrel moonbat photo cliches about conservative female public figures and their enraged ‘crazy eyes?’ Really?”
But even the National Organization for Women chimed in:
“It’s sexist,” NOW president Terry O’Neill told conservative news site the Daily Caller. “Casting her in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage,’ I think [it is]. Gloria Steinem has a very simple test: If this were done to a man or would it ever be done to a man? Has it ever been done to a man? Surely this has never been done to a man.”
(Someone who comes to mind as a past candidate for similar treatment: Democrat Howard Dean, who appeared on Newsweek’s Jan. 12, 2004, cover. The headline was the gender-neutral — and exceedingly dull — “Doubts About Dean”; although, in all fairness, the cover also promoted a story on “mad cow” disease.)