Newsweek is coming under fire for a wild-eyed cover photo of Michele Bachmann. The headline calls her the 'Queen of Rage.' But was the rough treatment actually a compliment of sorts?
It’s not flattering, that’s for sure. The shot shows her staring out with wild eyes, as if she just stepped on a slug and is trying to not scream with revulsion in front of the photographer.
Or perhaps, just before the shutter snapped, someone in the room said, “Oh look – CNN says Rick Perry is getting into the race!” And she’s reacting to that, because, you know, Perry would be a formidable competitor for a Bachmann core constituency – Christian evangelicals.
The cover headline – “Queen of Rage” – multiplies the overall wingnut effect of the presentation.
“It’s sexist.... Surely this has never been done to a man,” said NOW president Terry O’Neill.
Really? As practicing journalists, we have perhaps a different view of this controversy.