USA Today’s Neuharth Slams Newsweek as ‘Inaccurate and Unfair Left-Wing Propaganda Machine’

Prompted by Newsweek’s Michele Bachmann cover picture choice, in his weekly Friday column, USA Today founder Al Neuharth, a pretty consistent liberal, recognized the magazine’s political agenda.

“When Newsweek was owned by the Washington Post, it was predictably left-wing, but it was accurate,” Neuharth observed before slamming the new owner/editor who picked a picture to make Bachmann look crazy: “Under Tina Brown, it is an inaccurate and unfair left-wing propaganda machine.”

In the August 19 column, “Newsweek Bachmann cover is outrageous,” Neuharth explained how “last week's cover featured a full-page, wide-eyed facial picture of Michele Bachmann, carefully selected to match the headline, which calls her ‘The Queen of Rage.’”

He recalled: “A full-page cover picture of Bill Clinton in June showed him as a smiling nice guy, in contrast to the Bachmann Queen of Rage cover.”

Neuharth, who began by writing that “Newsweek magazine, under new ownership and a new editor with a London background, has become almost as crazy and racy as the scandalous British tabloids,” concluded: “Editor Tina Brown should acknowledge that her magazine is substituting London fog for real news.”


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Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center