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“Is the look in her eyes showing she is filled with the holy spirit? Newsweek thinks it’s filled with something else. They call her the queen of rage,” Olbermann said (watch the video, via Huffington Post, above. “[And something else] like, ‘Sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!”
Olbermann then interviewed Ryan Lizza, who wrote a New Yorker profile of the Republican Tea Party presidential candidate.
He asked how the New Yorker and Newsweek, who put her on the cover looking “150 percent insane,” got such wide access to the politician.
Lizza says he just replied a press email and hopped on her plane. He was the only journalist besides somebody from Pajama Media and a French correspondent from the AFP to follow her past Iowa, he says.
“Every politician thinks being on the cover of Newsweek or Time is still a good thing to do. She probably rolled the dice and thought, ‘Sarah Palin was on the cover recently and she looked great’… It didn’t turn out that way,” Lizza says.
“You don’t look overly scarred,” says Olbermann of Lizza spending so much time with her. While Olbermann lauds the New Yorker story, he says, “Newsweek gets the photography Pulitzer, I’m afraid. It’s the worst magazine cover since Martin Sheen in The Dead Zone.“
Bachman told an audience in Iowa that she hadn’t seen the cover, so couldn’t make a comment.
Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown defended the cover, writing on Twitter, “Michele Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek’s cover captures that.”
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