Because we can always use another reminder of just how corrupt and misogynist the mainstream media is, former Rep. Michele Bachman is finally telling her side of the story about that hideous 2011 Newsweek cover designed to make her look equal parts crazy and caught off guard. Although Newsweek naturally denies it , the one-time Republican presidential frontrunner claims they tricked her with lies and a strobe flash:
As Bachmann recalls it, the photo shoot at the Willard hotel near the White House was already over. The photographer, Chris Buck, showed her a number of immaculate pictures he’d taken, and she presumed that the cover would come from that batch. But then, Buck made another request.
“I was just about to leave, and the photographer said ‘You know, I didn’t get my test shot of you,’” Bachmann says. “And I said ‘What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘I need to have a test shot to send to my editor.’”
Bachmann says that Buck had her sit on a bottom rung of a ladder in a closet-like space, in front of a stark blue background. She remembers complaining about this setup: “It was very uncomfortable, because I had to kind of squat down on this ladder and I said, ‘I don’t even know why we we’re doing this. You’ve got your shots.’”
But Buck reportedly insisted. He hit a strobe light and snapped the infamous photo.
“I said, ‘You’re not going to use that, are you?’” Bachmann says. “And he said, ‘Oh, no, no, no. This is just something I have to give to my editor.’”
Even if you choose to believe Newsweek, which I don’t, they still disguise their nearly-out-of-business selves as objective journalists and still chose, during her presidential campaign, the most damaging Bachmann photo possible.
Newsweek did the same thing to Sarah Palin during her 2008 vice-presidential campaign.
And Newsweek is not alone. The entire DC Media complex is set up to sabotage conservatives with stories and photo choices.
These are bad people working in a corrupt institution, and now that New Media is coming of age, these outlets are finally getting their comeuppance. Just the year before sticking it to Bachmann, Newsweek was sold for $1. Since sticking it to Bachmann, Newsweek has hit even lower lows.
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