Newsweek's Queen of Sleaze: Tina Brown's History of Slamming Conservative Women

Tina Brown got in hot water this week for an unflattering Newsweek cover photo of Tea Party Republican Michele Bachmann but those who've followed the current Daily Beast and Newsweek editor's career, ever since she brought her version of tabloid journalism over from England to Vanity Fair in 1984, can tell you this is just par for the course.

In fact that wasn't the first time the former editor of The New Yorker displayed her disgust for women of the right. After a run of victories by female candidates in the 2010 GOP primaries, Brown on the June 10 edition of ABC's Good Morning America, called the wins: "a blow to feminism." However when it comes to liberal women like Michelle Obama, Brown sings a decidedly different tune. Videos after the jump.

Of the current First Lady, Brown gushed: "One of the great surprises is what a force-multiplier Michelle Obama has turned out to be...You know as the world is talking about torture and the Bush administration, then we have Michelle with her vegetable garden. Talk about springtime in America!"

The following are just a few examples of Brown's liberal bias over the years. To see more liberal moments from Brown please visit her Profile in Bias page. 

Newsweek's Tina Brown Offers No Apology, Doubles Down on 'Crazy' Bachmann Cover
 
"Some people look at this picture and think, you know, Michele Bachmann looks crazy," remarked Brown. "Some people look at it and think it's the next President of the United States. The fact that these two things are no longer mutually exclusive is what, I think, makes it pretty compelling."

"You know, there was one picture of her praying, which frankly we rejected because we thought that seemed somehow some kind of a commentary on her religiosity that maybe would be offensive," contended Brown, adding, "There was another picture of her sitting kind of sideways and I thought she looked extremely strange."
-MSNBC's Morning Joe, August 10, 2011

 GOP Women Victories = 'Blow to Feminism'

"The only trouble with this one is, it almost feels as if all these women winning are kind of a blow to feminism. Because, each one of them, really, most of them, are, you know, very much, uh, uh, you know, against so many of things that women have fought for such a long time....Women, too, can be wing nuts, is the point."
-Brown on ABC's Good Morning America, June 10, 2010  talking about primary victories by women Republicans. 


Drooling Over Michelle - 'She's Almost Overtaking Oprah!'

"Michelle is so authentic, and so real, and so today, and so, you know, J. Crew, and the whole price point thing and not designer clothes....With Michelle, you can almost feel those warm arms. You know, there's a kind of real red-blooded feel to her. But there's also — I mean she's almost, like, overtaking Oprah, I think, as the kind of inspirational ‘it' girl at this point."
-Brown on CBS's Early Show, April 3, 2009

Barack + Michelle = 'Springtime in America!'

"One of the great surprises is what a force-multiplier Michelle Obama has turned out to be, because these two are working in such, sort of, flawless concert. You know as the world is talking about torture and the Bush administration, then we have Michelle with her vegetable garden. Talk about springtime in America!"
-Brown on CBS's Face the Nation on April 26, 2009 

Limbaugh = 'Like the Bad Fairy at Sleeping Beauty’s Christening'

"It's got to be that incredible inauguration of Obama....You started the year with this huge festival of hope and renewal and everything is going to be so different now, and then, like the bad fairy at Sleeping Beauty's christening, Rush Limbaugh utters the words, 'I hope you fail.''I hope he fails,' he said, and from that moment, the sort of the Pandora’s box opened, and the rest of the year has been just this big discord and toxic atmosphere in politics and partisan divide and people shouting at each other and the Tea Parties and death panels."
-Brown announcing her choice for the most important moment of 2009 on NBC's Today December 31, 2009 a few hours after Limbaugh went to the hospital with chest pains.

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Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.