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Newsweek’s Next Cover: Obama ‘First Gay President’

ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Four days after President Barack Obama affirmed his support of gay marriage on Good Morning America, the editors at Newsweek are ready to anoint him with a new title, “The First Gay President.”

At least, that’s what it will say on the cover of the magazine’s May 21 issue, which is available on iPad today and will be on newsstands Monday.

The cover shows a close-up portrait of the president with a rainbow-colored halo over his head, the colors referencing symbols adopted by the LGBT movement. The cover advertises an upcoming piece by Newsweek writer Andrew Sullivan in support of Obama’s record with the gay community.

Newsweek has released this preview of the article to Politico:

It’s easy to write off President Obama’s announcement of his support for gay marriage as a political ploy during an election year. But don’t believe the cynics. Andrew Sullivan argues that this announcement has been in the making for years. “When you step back a little and assess the record of Obama on gay rights, you see, in fact, that this was not an aberration. It was an inevitable culmination of three years of work.” And President Obama has much in common with the gay community. “He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family,” Sullivan writes.

The move comes mere days after Newsweek’s competitor Time Magazine offered a controversial cover of their own, depicting a young mother breast feeding a 3-year-old boy. A Newsweek spokesman would later tell the NY Post that when their Editor-In-Chief Tina Brown saw the cover she responded, “Let the games begin.”

Newsweek’s cover may be designed to elicit the memory of another White House occupant with a not-quite-fitting title. Supporters of then-President Bill Clinton dubbed him the “first black president” for his work with the African American community. The term was first used by author Toni Morrison in a 1998 issue of The New Yorker.

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'Newsweek' Under Fire For Michele Bachmann Cover Photo

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In one short week Michele Bachmann went from being called “photogenic” by fellow GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman to earning the less-than-complementary descriptions thanks to a deliberately arresting Newsweek cover that led to accusations of sexism against the publication from both sides of the political aisle.

The cover shot, which was taken specifically for Newsweek, shows Bachmann staring wide-eyed, straight into the camera with a caught-off-guard kind of smile against a bland blue background. The bold white headline reads, “The Queen of Rage.”

When a voter asked Bachmann about the cover at a campaign stop in Atlantic, Iowa Monday Bachmann said she had not seen it, Slate's David Weigel reported.

"It's a big close-up of you," the voter said, "a wild-eyed photo with the headline, 'Queen of Rage.'"

"Ah-hah," Bachmann said. "Well, we'll have to take a look at that, won't we?"

Fox News contributor Monica Crowley said the cover represents Newsweek’s “special kind of loathing for women conservatives.” Even Terry O’Neil, the president of the left-leaning National Organization for Women -- which has stayed mostly silent while Bachmann and Sarah Palin endured blistering attacks in the press -- called it a “misogynistic attack.”

While the Bachmann campaign has been tight-lipped about the cover, which hit newsstands Monday, the Internet most certainly has not. The comedy website Funny or Die put up a slideshow of “more appropriate headlines” to go with the “horrifying” photo. Some of the more print-appropriate ones were “Michele Bachmann Takes A Stand Against Blinking” and “Zombies: Michele Bachmann Eats Americas Young.”

But this is not the first controversial cover shot for Newsweek. Last month the magazine featured a photo of the late Princess Diana, photo shopped to look older, walking alongside Kate Middleton, in what one tweeter called “the creepiest magazine cover ever!”

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ran a story about the cover titled “How Creepy Is Princess Diana's Ghost on the Cover of Newsweek?” and the Los Angeles Times headline asked “Newsweek’s ‘Diana t 50’ cover: Shocking, brilliant or just plain cheap?”

The magazine also ignited a backlash in 2009 when they ran a cover photo of Sarah Palin in short runner shorts with the headline “Do you know how to solve a problem like Sarah?” In a post on her Facebook wall, Palin said the cover was “sexist” “unfortunate” and “out-of-context.”

Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said the Palin cover was “worse than sexist.”

“I think it is demeaning and degrading and Newsweek knew exactly what it was doing. They made sexuality a part of her performance,” Perino told Fox’s Sean Hannity.

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Sarah Palin Says She Wants to Help the Mainstream Media

Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network posted online Wednesday, Sarah Palin once again called the mainstream media “irrelevant” and said she wants to help them.

“Much of the mainstream media is already becoming so irrelevant because there is not balance,” she told CBN’s David Brody. “There is not truth coming out of mainstream media. And I know that firsthand. I live with it every day.”

“I want to help them,” she added. “I have a journalism degree. That is what I studied.”

Palin did not mention her most recent collaboration with the mainstream media -- appearing on the cover of Newsweek and sitting down for an interview with the magazine. She praised that piece in an interview with Fox News last week.

The former Alaska governor also shared her thoughts on Twitter, saying she tries to use up her 140-character allotment as often as possible because “I want that space. I want to get that thought across,” and dished on her favorite movies: “Hoosiers, Rudy, any of those underdog stories.”

She did not offer any new information about her 2012 election story.

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