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." 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. [See photos of Michele Bachmann.]
Newsweek has gotten a lot of attention recently for its covers—from an aged Princess Diana reincarnated aside a contemporary Kate Middleton to a dancing Romney reminiscent of the Broadway hit Book of Mormon. 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"). Was Newsweek's cover a cheap shot against Bachmann? Or is such a cover fair game?
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