Bachmann brushes off Newsweek cover

posted at 12:45 pm on August 9, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The president of the National Organization of Women actually rose to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s defense yesterday (didn’t see that coming!), while Newsweek editor Tina Brown tried to justify the “Crazy Eyes” cover that inspired so much conservative commentary yesterday. But one person seem disinclined to talk about the cover one way or another and that was Bachmann herself. As of yesterday afternoon, Bachmann still hadn’t seen the picture and she didn’t seem to care too much to talk about it when she could be talking about her campaign and her ideas for the country:

Brown claims the cover is OK because “Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek’s cover captures that.” But, of course, “rage” carries rather different connotations than “intensity.”

Still, Brown certainly has the “galvanizing voters” part right. According to a Monday Rasmussen Reports poll, Bachmann still leads Iowa (over Romney). Plus, Iowa talk radio host Steve Deace predicts Bachmann will easily win the Ames straw poll this Saturday. “If she stands her ground  [in the debate this week] then the mystery isn’t whether or not she’ll win, but by how much,” Deace has said.

The entire episode illustrates just how beautifully Bachmann’s campaign has grown up. After the Great Migraine Scandal of Summer 2011, Bachmann’s campaign seemed the slightest bit testy, somewhat defensive (remember the rumors that one of her staffers “roughed up” a reporter who dared to ask about her headaches?). Bachmann came out on top eventually, with a thoughtfully worded statement and the brilliant release of a note from her doctor — but, in this instance, it took Bachmann just one afternoon and a few cheerful words to teach Newsweek its relative irrelevance.

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I think Mizzz Brown got played on this one. Bachmann is sly like a fox.

SouthernGent on August 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Meh.
It’s just Newsweek.

billy on August 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Good for Bachmann. Doesn’t surprise me. She’s too smart to get sidetracked on something so stupid.

J.E. Dyer on August 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Is Newsweek still in print? Who knew?

Fred 2 on August 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Does anyone actually read Newsweak any more? Past their covers, I mean…

ajacksonian on August 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I still think the title “Queen of Rage” is far more insulting and telling than intentionally choosing a bad photo of her.

Good for NOW for finally finding their voice, too bad they had laryngitis for so long with another prominant female politician.

DrAllecon on August 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Bachmann brushes off Newsweek cover

As she should.

mankai on August 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Put it in context. How hard is it to ignore Newsweek? I do it every day.

a capella on August 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

she didn’t seem to care too much to talk about it

Reminds me of an exchange I once had with a co-worker who was trying to argue with me about something.

I simply said, “You hear that?”

(pause)

“That’s the sound of me not arguing with you.”

Which pissed him off more than me arguing with him would have.

One of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals cites the use of ridicule to put your opponent off balance by responding to the ridicule. She’s clearly not playing by their rules.

CurtZHP on August 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Brown claims the cover is OK because “Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek’s cover captures that.” But, of course, “rage” carries rather different connotations than “intensity.”

It’s no coincidence that Brown is full of $h!t.

Dongemaharu on August 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM

The fact that even NOW thought the Newsweek cover was over the top outrageous should have been enough for Tina Brown to have given some pause before releasing it, but I think Brown represents the MSM POV that they no longer give a damn who is offended by what, just as long as they do the bidding of their real masters, namely the liberal left.

But in Brown’s case, she ended up doing some major damage to her own reputation, not to mention put Newsweek in the place where it looks less like an objective news reporting outlet, and more of a news MAKING outlet instead.

pilamaye on August 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Simple statement from her is all it would need:
“I don’t get involved in the petty games that some journalist enjoy, there are bigger issues that I am focused on”

right2bright on August 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

It’s really hard to get upset about anything from a magazine only worth a buck.

J_Crater on August 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

You could have bought the entire Newsweak company for less than the price of a single issue. So how did that radical left wing agenda workout?

pat on August 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

J_Crater,
heh.

rob verdi on August 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Wal Mart Shopper: “Ooh, ooh, ooh! Let me get this copy of Newspeak!”

The Oprah: “Oooh, ooh, ooh.. check out that chocolate display! Yummy”

Andrea Mitchell NBCnews, Washington: “Oooh, oooh! Check out the sale on Clairol hair coloring! I’mma get me some beef jerky while I’m standing in the aisle of insanity.”

Key West Reader on August 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Newsweek is entirely beholden to Big Dentistry.

Bugler on August 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

howard portnoy in the green room has a lovely slideshow for tina to use…

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Who did that cover again?

Newsweak?
Newsqueak?
Fewseek?
Moosecreek?
Goosespeak?
Newsleak?
Foolsspeak?
never heard of it.

cartooner on August 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Here’s a picture for Newsweek for their next little Bammie cover story: Nation of Potholes…

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Well played Michelle. You take their power away when you ignore them.

Knucklehead on August 9, 2011 at 1:02 PM

What’s this “Newsweek”? Is it a band?

SlaveDog on August 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

But Brown defends it.

OT:

Except for those of Allahpundit who is the past master, HotAir’s taglines are getting longer and longer and more and more boring. There is no point in having them if you just use them as a second headline.

The one-word tags are part of the old HotAir humor and appeal. I wish Tina and Ed would work a little harder on them, but they don’t seem to get it. Jazz’s are a little better, but he needs to add the period which gives them more punch.

/OT

Missy on August 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Tina Brown is the one with the “crazy” here. Her statements as with her publication have been treading-stupid-and=weak for a long time now but this latest Bachmann cover with offensive headline just really takes the ruined cake.

Brown needs to stop talking now and work as hard as possible on a decent issue for publication sooner-than-scheduled, to try to establish NEWSWEAK as something better than fly paper.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

hmmm, I smell a rat. The MSM came to her defense too easily, too quickly. Even MSNBC was groveling. Then NOW. I smell sulfur.

faraway on August 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I know that Newsweek is still around, the question is: Is Newsweek still relevent?

vcferlita on August 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Sold for $1…all I need to know…

PatriotRider on August 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I understand conservatives get mad about this stuff, but some members of the media do this to get the attention. Newsweek is on life support and Tina Brown made a good business decision. She needs eyeballs to her publication. She prints crazy eyes, people get mad and talk about it, and presto – eyeballs to her publication.

I think at this point, Republicans need to ignore this stuff.

Of course, Hot Air publishes this stuff for the same reason Tina Brown does. Business. They need eyeballs too.

ramrants on August 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

If Newsweek went to be a tabloid, they could get a little bounce before they die.

seven on August 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Why, why, why, would anyone sit for a pose, agree to go on some lame-brain MSM lunatic side-show magazine cover, talk to them, ever. We do not have a bright group.

betsyz on August 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Simple statement from her is all it would need:
“I don’t get involved in the petty games that some journalist enjoy, there are bigger issues that I am focused on”

right2bright on August 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

No simple statement needed. Silence is golden.

Knucklehead on August 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Newsweek… what’s that?

Khun Joe on August 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Newsweek just lookin for some publicity…notice how the liberal media always uses conservatives to sell their pablum?

No one cares about a cover story of Barney Frank that would say “Queen of Rage”

joepub on August 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Good for Bachmann. Doesn’t surprise me. She’s too smart to get sidetracked on something so stupid.

J.E. Dyer on August 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Those kind of puerile attacks by irrelevant magazines are foot-traps for the unwary. The left’s basic strategy for Bachmann is to Palinize her by associating as many petty, “tabloid,” and other unserious stories as possible with her.

Bachmann is wise to brush it off.

Outlander on August 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Conservatives in general, and particularly conservative women who must bear the brunt of the foulest of left wing attacks, have wised up and are playing this very smartly. Just watch how Palin and Bachmann are handling these attacks. 1)Fighting back and telling them they are not putting up with this BS. 2)Ridiculing them. 3)Ignoring them like annoying little fleas.

Trafalgar on August 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Newsweak and its editor are both pathetic jokes… and proof that liberals need to grow the hell up already.

Murf76 on August 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

NPR had a New Yorker correspondent on today, making assumptions with regards to what she reads and what she believes. His conjecture was treated as fact, but that’s NPR’s MO.

Fallon on August 9, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

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Bachmann brushes off Newsweek cover

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Learning when to ignore is important…
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RalphyBoy on August 9, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Brown is just another lying leftist/liberal and is full of more crap than a holiday turkey.

rplat on August 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Brown is just another lying leftist/liberal and is full of more crap than a holiday turkey.

rplat on August 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Wassamatta you don’t like my stuffing????

/nana

Mary in LA on August 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

NewsSpeak. Does anyone actually buy that rag anymore?

GarandFan on August 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I’m glad she talks about her forebears and how they formed her Conservative ideals. I believe there would be many more of us, if every American did the same.

HellCat on August 9, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Newsweek? The only copies I ever see are long-out-of-date ones in doctors’ offices. Easy to ignore.

hachiban on August 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Hey, Jane Harmon’s husband!

I’ll give you 2 bucks for that Newsweek operation.

Really Right on August 9, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I know that Newsweek is still around, the question is: Is Newsweek still relevent?

vcferlita on August 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Relevant, don’t think so, but it has something like 28pages in it’s issues and half of those are ads, with another one-quarter are ‘letters to the editor’ and whatnot. The remaining one-quarter is all DNC hyperbole.

It’s a sound statement, though, on the state of Leftwing media: flimsy, irrational, embittered, unfounded and emotionally nuts.

Lourdes on August 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

She handled this one with aplomb as well:

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/08/bachmann-on-sex-appeal-comment-sounds-like-good-news-to-me/

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Hmmm…Tina..a politician “galvinizing” the voters is the reason to do an insulting mag cover? Then why these 6 covers almost back to back….gawd, these lefties are just too easy.

http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/WS080728NewsweekObama48013.jpg

norm1111 on August 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Newsweek is entirely beholden to Big Dentistry.

Bugler on August 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

“Anti-Dentite Alert!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne_ucyzLK6E

PS, you should hop over to the Barney Frank thread. It’s all about bugle calls.

Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM

The one-word tags are part of the old HotAir humor and appeal. I wish Tina and Ed would work a little harder on them, but they don’t seem to get it. Jazz’s are a little better, but he needs to add the period which gives them more punch.

/OT

Missy on August 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

..I think you have too much time on your hands.

;-)

The War Planner on August 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM

hmmm, I smell a rat. The MSM came to her defense too easily, too quickly. Even MSNBC was groveling. Then NOW. I smell sulfur.

faraway on August 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

..they’re scared to death Perry will enter the race so they want to set “another loser” like they did McCain. Boy, are they in for a big surprise. That is one smart and good-looking woman.

The War Planner on August 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM

The LSM are gearing up to make their contribution to Obama and the democrats.

No surprise on Newsweak. This is what they do.

Conservatives have to run against democrats, the media, the unions, jorge soros and all the dishonest little “hangers on” like kos, huffpo, salon and the others. And lying is simply a strategy for them, they have no morals or values.

Democrats simply have to register for the ballot.

BruthaMan on August 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Bachmann, unfortunately, will never get close to beating Obama. Palin certainly has no chance. Same probably goes for Perry and even Romney. In the end, we have a terrible lineup to choose from here, just as we did in 2008. What we need is to get our acts together and push strong candidates forward that have a chance. As it stands now, Obama has a great chance at a second term.

TheBlueSite on August 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Value of Newsweek Magazine + Value of Newsweek’s future potential = $1 – Tina Brown’s IQ

jaime on August 9, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Tina Brown’s idiocy from a few years back.

DrSteve on August 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Tina Brown, Eurotrash. Look her history is in the sensational, she has worked for Vanity Fair, the Tatler etc Tina has done this same kind of thing, trying to use hype to sell magazines. It’s brutal in the magazine business, I mean if Sidney Harman or George Soros isn’t subsidizing the venture/ Bottom feeding because she’s too lazy, and ethically bankrupt to do anything else.

Dr Evil on August 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Bachmann, unfortunately, will never get close to beating Obama. Palin certainly has no chance. Same probably goes for Perry and even Romney. In the end, we have a terrible lineup to choose from here, just as we did in 2008. What we need is to get our acts together and push strong candidates forward that have a chance. As it stands now, Obama has a great chance at a second term.

TheBlueSite on August 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Who (okay, okay, whom!) do you like who hasn’t thrown his/her hat in the ring? One possible contender who comes to my mind is Bobby Jindal, but I think he’s a little unseasoned yet.

Mary in LA on August 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Democrats simply have to register for the ballot.

BruthaMan on August 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

And sometimes not even that.

(hope this goes through — I put three links in there)

Mary in LA on August 9, 2011 at 3:47 PM

The only time Newsweek sells any copies at all is when it puts hot looking GOP chicks on the cover.

I guess we should expect Megyn Kelly on next week’s cover.

It certainly won’t be K. Sebilious or Janet Napolitano or any of the other sexually ambiguous she-beasts who work for the Obama Administration.

molonlabe28 on August 9, 2011 at 3:53 PM

it took Bachmann just one afternoon and a few cheerful words to teach Newsweek its relative irrelevance.

Yep good for her! Picking fights with the media is amateurish.

csdeven on August 9, 2011 at 6:31 PM

As it stands now, Obama has a great chance at a second term.

TheBlueSite on August 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Thanks for the gut-busting laugh. Almost thought you were serious.

truth2power on August 9, 2011 at 6:35 PM

As it stands now, Obama has a great chance at a second term.

TheBlueSite on August 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

He certainly does have an edge, but as his poll numbers fall, the chance of a Romney or a Perry defeating him looks better by the day.

csdeven on August 9, 2011 at 7:23 PM