Women in journalism: Reading list 9/2/2012

The Gender Report provides a weekly round-up of links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. The links below are to noteworthy articles on topics related to women in journalism and the media during the past week. Articles included in this feature do not necessarily reflect the views of The Gender Report or its writers. View past week’s round-ups here.

Political Coverage

The Women’s Media Center and The 4th Estate Project partnered to release new findings on the gender gap in political coverage. According to an analysis of coverage of the 2012 presidential election at 35 newspapers, men wrote 76 percent of articles during the GOP primary period (Jan. 1 to April 15) and 72 percent of the articles during the general election period thus far (April 16 to Aug. 25). Here are related articles and the press release from the Women’s Media Center:

Three-Quarters of Newspapers’ Presidential Coverage is Written by Men (Women’s Media Center)

Men are Telling the Stories of Election 2012 (4thEstate.net)

-Male Journalists May Dominate Campaign Coverage, But Look What Women Write About (XX Factor)

Three-Quarters Of The Presidential News You Read Is Written By Men (Forbes Woman)

General Interest Links

Don’t posit ‘what women think’ without quoting any (Columbia Journalism Review)

RNC Attendee Allegedly Threw Nuts At Black CNN Camerawoman, Said ‘This Is How We Feed Animals’ (Talking Points Memo)

CNN Camerawoman [Patricia Carroll] On Harassment At RNC: ‘I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all’ (TV Newser)

Spanish Magazine Depicts Michelle Obama As A Slave (Think Progress)

‘Good Girls’ Tells of Women’s Fight for Rights at Newsweek (New York Times)

On the frontline with female reporters (The Media Online)

“Our World, My Voice: GlobalGirls Talk Politics” Blog Campaign (Global Girl Media)

-Is Sexual Violence on TV OK if the Heroine Is Tough? (XX Factor)

The Feministing Five: Rose Aguilar (Feministing)

Robin Roberts Moves Last Day on “GMA” Before Medical Leave to Thursday (ABC News)

Wendy Warren leaves Philly.com for NBCWashington.com (Poynter)

Patch loses communications director Janine Iamunno (JimRomenesko.com)

Sullivan says goodbye to Buffalo News to become NYT ombud (Poynter)

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The debate: Is Newsweek’s cover of Michele Bachmann sexist?

It’s been all the “rage” across media platforms this week: Is this Newsweek cover of GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sexist?

As soon as Newsweek posted this TwitPic of the week's cover Aug. 7, the debate began over whether the image of Michele Bachmann is sexist.

The cover (right) features a close-up of a wide-eyed Bachmann with the headline “QUEEN OF RAGE” that some are saying makes her look “crazy.” The accompanying story has received far less attention.

This isn’t the first time Newsweek has come under fire for its cover of a female politician. Many on both sides have drawn comparisons to a cover of Sarah Palin in running shorts two years ago that was deemed “sexist.” (This also isn’t the first time charges of sexism toward Bachmann have come up in campaign coverage and its not likely to be the last.)

Conservative commentators, like Michelle Malkin, have said the image shows the mainstream media’s liberal bias and have particularly called into question the treatment of conservative women.

Jessica Grose at Slate’s XX Factor said the cover was “unnecessarily unflattering” and pulled out past covers of Republican male candidates that were done using a serious tone (though these were before current editor Tina Brown took over the magazine, as was the Palin cover). Jon Stewart made a similar criticism of Newsweek’s cover photo during “The Daily Show” this week, noting “…Here’s what you can’t say about Michele Bachmann: That she is not photogenic.” (Watch the video here).

The National Organization for Women spoke out against the cover through the Daily Caller. From NOW President Terry O’Neill:

“It’s sexist… Casting her in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage’ I think [it is]. Gloria Steinem has a very simple test: If this were done to a man or would it ever be done to a man – has it ever been done to a man? Surely this has never been done to a man.”

Gloria Steinem herself has called the photo “borderline.”

Others, like Joan Walsh, have said Brown has “nothing to apologize for.” She points to the fact that there are plenty of shots of “a deranged-looking” George W. Bush, John McCain and Howard Dean that have cropped up in the past. She also linked to a piece from 2006 with what she called “crazy-scary” cover images of Al Gore and Sen. Mark Warner.

As for Newsweek, Brown responded by defending the cover and releasing outtakes from the shoot to show the other options the magazine had and that display a “similar intensity.” In a statement, Brown said, “Michele Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek’s cover captures that.”

Bachmann herself has for the most part shrugged off questions about the cover by saying, “I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it really.”

What do you think? Is the cover sexist? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

This is the Gender Report’s Week in Review, a weekly post that highlights some of the major stories related to gender issues this week. Some of these stories may have already appeared in our News Feed or in the week’s Gender Checks. We’ll at times include a longer analysis of stories as well as bring attention to stories that may have slipped through the cracks of the week’s news cycle.