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Jon Stewart Calls 'Newsweek' Out for Its 'Crazy' Michele Bachmann Cover: VIDEO


Jon Stewart said that Newsweek should be ashamed of itself for its 'crazy' Michele Bachmann cover.

Said Stewart:

"You gotta go pretty far out of your way to find a crappy photo of Michele Bachmann — and you did...Be honest, Newsweek. You used that photo in a petty attempt to make Michele Bachmann look crazy...You want a photo that makes her seem a bit off? Make it out of her words."

Joy Behar and panel also took a look at the photo.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. @bobbyjoe: I think you're missing the point. Stewart's not a hypocrite for calling Newsweek out for using that photo when he himself uses absurd or shopped photos of his subjects all the time.

    You're confusing The Daily Show for an actual news organization.

    It is not. It is a comedy show.

    It's Stewart's goal to make you guffaw at his producers' choice of photographs. Sometimes those pictures help illustrate a point; at others, it helps to dull the tension in an otherwise serious and/or grave subject. That's why you tune in.

    Newsweek, however, doesn't get that luxury. They're supposedly an impartial news organization. You give one person the glamor treatment with a photo, you have to give it to everybody. That's how you maintain an air of impartiality.

    Stewart's right for calling Newsweek out. I, personally, love the photograph as it is all sorts of crazy-eyes, but I know there's something not right about it: It's plainly not a "neutral" photograph. It goes too far in that intangible sort of way.

    Posted by: TommyOC | Aug 10, 2011 4:49:08 PM

  2. Again, Newsweek often has had editorial content on its covers, sometimes with satirical images and unflattering shots of politicians and celebrities. The only reason this particular one is getting a lot of play is because the rightwing noise machine wants it that way. Newsweek's not always, nor has it pretended to be, just an objective news source. Some articles are, and some articles aren't. Some have a definite intentional editorial slant, and have for decades.

    Jerry a couple of posts back has this exactly right. The rightwing plays progressives like a fiddle on these things. There's a current rightwing meme from the usual Fox News, etc. sources that they're trying to push saying that progressives who satirize or criticize Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann are great big sexists. They're pushing this meme because they know that's exactly the kind of bait that a lot of progressives will fall for. "Oh, dear me, let's be extra, extra careful not to make this obviously crazy, spiteful, and/or stupid person look crazy, spiteful, and stupid, 'cause we might look mean or sexist." And while progressives are doing that, the rightwing runs all over 'em.

    The right would love it if Newsweek ran a cover like John Stewart wants that was just a pretty picture of Michelle Bachmann and all words that she's said, because No. One. Would. Read. It.

    Was the rightwing up in arms boo-hooing about how unfair a Newsweek cover was to Obama, when it showed a harried-looking head shot of the President with multiple arms attempting to juggle all sorts of objects with a tagline reading "Is the modern presidency too much for one person" (which definitely has implications that Obama may be in over his head). The head shot of Obama there was certainly not flattering.

    So were the righties wringing their hands, about whether such an image was fair? Of course not. For one thing, even rightwing panderers don't think their audience is naive enough to be shocked that Newsweek has editorial slant. Newsweek has done editorial covers for decades, but--lo and behold-- when Fox News decides to cry crocodile tears over it, here comes John Stewart pretending to be Mr. Above-it-all.

    I usually love the Daily Show, but when Stewart pulls out this phony-baloney high-and-mighty act (like he did at the "Rally to Restore Sanity") where he pretends "let just all be nice" to a faction that literally runs around claiming things like "gays don't deserve equality" and "gays are after your children," it seriously gets on my nerves.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Aug 10, 2011 7:52:11 PM

  3. the picture speaks volumes. she is bat sh=t crazy and proves it every time she opens her mouth

    Posted by: walter | Aug 10, 2011 11:45:51 PM

  4. Michael Isikoff at Newsweek MADE the Monica Lewinsky scandal- they owe us this. Yes Newsweek is leaning left, and the very articulate, brilliant Tina Brown, who saved the New Yorker from drowning in its own secretions, will now save Newsweek.

    Mercifully, all of this debate focuses attention on Bachman's state of mind, which is quite important. She is nuts.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 11, 2011 9:09:24 AM

  5. This is the same woman who public school is just one step away from Auschwitz. No, really. She even made a movie about it.

    citation: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/08/11/bachmann-starred-in-movie-warning-public-education-would-spark-new-holocaust/

    Sorry, but the photo represents a reality. Care to rephrase yourself Stewart?

    Posted by: farmer-jane | Aug 11, 2011 2:06:46 PM

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