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Driving away on a golf cart with her husband Marcus beside her, Mrs Bachmann stopped to buy a foot-long corn dog – a chicken and beef sausage in deep-fried batter. After applying mustard and allowing Mr Bachmann to take the first bite, she chomped into it with gusto. — Fried food and retail politics at the Iowa State Fair (Telegraph)
I get it’s the first heat of America’s GOP campaign, but you’d think the Telegraph’s US Editor (and sadly, wannabe photojournalist) would know an awful lot better — especially in the midst of Britain’s ongoing journalism scandal and the blazing firestorm over Newsweek’s blatantly sexist Michele Bachmann cover last Monday.
But no. Instead, Editor Toby Darden posted this Bachmann pornographic fantasy he shot himself in a two-fer piece on the Ames Straw Poll and the Iowa State Fair. Beyond the clip above which concludes Toby Harnden’s blog post, I don’t think the outrageous photo (embellished with what reads like a leering guy, far left) or the “foot long” caption reference needs any more elaboration than a call for Mr. Harnden to be fired.
It’s time for the click-hungry media, when it comes to the sexist depiction of women, to clean up its act.
(photo: Toby Darden)
Bag’s Take-Away/Budget End Game in Pictures (cont.):
With Bachmann, it’s always adolescent. (And that’s not a rip, it’s consistent if you watch her and listen to her.
…It’s not just a marketing strategy, either. Check out our BagOriginals photo-story from Iowa and you’ll begin to appreciate how childlike Michele is in how she operates — in this case, with full (unless you could call them like-minded) adults.
(photo: Philip Scott Andrews/The New York Times. NYT slideshow here.)
Bag’s post by Prof. Karrin Anderson is kicking up a lot of dust. Anderson starts off: “I’m no Bachmann apologist, but I am concerned about a troubling trend in which political women are critiqued as crackpots and lambasted as lunatics.” Michelle Malkin responded to the post with a tweet saying: “I’d rather have ‘crazy eyes’ than willfully blind ones.”
I’m not sure why she was so defensive, though, when the “Girls Gone Mad” post is actually sympathetic to her.
(photo credits: Bachman “Batshit Crazy”: Image by PunditKitchen.com via PoliticalTramp; Bachmann and Batboy: (no image credit) via MaxDad; Bachmann for President demotivational poster via eforwards; Palin demotivational poster: Image by zirgar.blogspot.com)
Bag’s Take-Away:It’s that funny not just because it reads “moose” and Bachmann is so interchangeable with Palin, or because the headgear reads “wingnut” but because Bachmann, as reactionary as she is, really could be from another planet.
(photo: XXXXXX AP: Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. talks to Chris Ryan during the taping of a radio show at the Barley House in Concord, N.H. , Tuesday, May 31, 2011.)
Can’t tell if it’s all the protection or the lime green or the stressed Jamie Farr-looking guy seemingly jumping out of the bushes, but this shot of 2012 wannabe Bachmann feels (a not unintentional commentary from a crafty photo editor, perhaps?) like these two deserve each other.
(photo: Matt York/Associated Press caption: Michele Bachmann is weighing a run for president in 2012. From: A Tea Party Star Stirs Iowans, and She Isn’t Palin (NYT)