Sarah Palin Wouldn’t Call Newsweek’s Michele Bachmann Cover Sexist

Michelle Bachmann -- Newsweek cover

The "Queen of Rage" Michele Bachmann cover of Newsweek, which Tina Brown said conveyed the candidate's "intensity," had its share of critics, but Sarah Palin is not necessarily among them. Many of those calling the cover sexist likened it to the magazine's use of Palin in jogging shorts, which she called "out-of-context," "sexist," and "oh-so-expected by now" at the time. But asked today by Megyn Kelly about the Bachmann photo, Palin went into "Ignore Michele" mode and transitioned awkwardly into an attack on Barack Obama, thereby stoking her own fake candidacy some more:

"Bottom line: Every candidate is going to be vetted, I think now more so than ever because we learned a lesson with electing a president who was not vetted by the mainstream media. And basically we're asking now 'what did we get out of that?' ... So I think there's going to be a lot of vetting and some will interpret that because a female candidate will be vetted the same as a man or even more so as being sexist. I don't know if I would characterize it as sexist. I would just characterize it as being the new normal. In a way it's quite healthy though. Again, learning a lesson from electing Barack Obama."

Things have been souring for some time between her and Bachmann, but when Palin is calling the mainstream media's behavior "quite healthy," it's clear there's a real problem.

SARAH PALIN: I Don't Think Newsweek's Cover Of Michele Bachmann Was Sexist [Business Insider]