After ‘intense’ cover shot, Newsweek offers more Bachmann photos

Even Newsweek’s The Daily Beast blog is noting that some think the magazine’s cover photo of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is sexist and makes her look demented.

NOW President Terry O’Neill called the picture sexist in The Daily Caller.

Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post caught the crazy aspect: “There’s no denying that Bachmann firmly believes what she believes. Some might think she’s crazy because of it. Cover photos like this one help to cement that image.”

Newsweek editor in chief Tina Brown in a statement: “Michele Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek’s cover captures that.”

To back up that “intensity” theme, Newsweek released eight other photos taken by the same free-lancer who shot the cover photo. They do seem to all focus on the “driven” part of her personality.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tim Cheesebrow on 08/09/2011 - 11:56 am.

    I don’t see how it’s sexist…that’s just how her face looks. The sexist thing is to say that all women must look unblemished, attractive, sane, calm and collected all the time. If the photographer and the magazine think that this photo best captures her intense and “disengaged from reality” personality, then I’d say they made the best choice of photo both ethically and artistically.

  2. Submitted by C.S. Senne on 08/09/2011 - 12:25 pm.

    It was, like, SO MEAN to force Shelley to pose unwillingly for these photos. Those mean photographers who sneaked up on her should be ashamed. Oh, yes, it was so, like, totally sexist that they would publish them without her knowledge…

  3. Submitted by Justin VanNingen on 08/09/2011 - 05:53 pm.

    It’s kind of burying the lede not to mention Capehart’s rather pejorative comments that it looked like they were “Dangling a piece of Scripture” in front of Bachmann to get that reaction.

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