Does Newsweek owe it to Michele Bachmann to use a flattering photo of her on its cover?
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Others ask whether the cover is sexist. That's an interesting claim, since Newsweek editor Tina Brown is a woman.
Newsweek has defended itself by showing other photos that it says displays Bachmann's intense gaze. Appearing on MSNBC, Brown said she didn't have sales figures for the Bachmann issue of the magazine but expected sales to reflect interest.
Brown, who is one of the 11 media people to watch in 2011, needs to boost sales and advertising revenue. While she's made a positive start, we'll see in the weeks to come if the Bachmann photo decision was brilliant or boneheaded.
What do you think -- is an unflattering but undoctored photo fair game to put on a magazine cover?