Mission Accomplished For (That Other) Harper’s

CJR writing about MSNBC talking about the New York Post writing about* Harper’s Bazaar (and its Tyra Banks-as-Michelle-Obama photo shoot and accompanying article in the magazine’s September issue).

So, Harper Bazaar’s got buzz of sorts (check out photo 6 in the slideshow of “the Obamas” in bed in matching Harvard sweatshirts! Read Tyra’s take on “a modern first lady” —“I want her to not take herself too seriously. She’d need to know how to take a fierce picture but at the same time be able to eat fried chicken, have grease on her fingers, and be okay with getting photographed like that, too…[T]he first lady should be her man’s rock and his boulder and his mountain. And she should be calling about 50 percent of the shots!”) But can it sell the magazine?

(*Also, that Post headline, “Tippecanoe and Tyra, Too?” Is the Post implying that Tyra is a Whig in Democrats’ clothing?)

UPDATE: Essence has the real Michelle Obama (and family, as interviewed by Gwen Ifill) for its September cover (among other recent glossy Obama covers). Maybe that helps explain why, as Howard Kurtz groused yesterday in a piece about how the big time national political reporters no longer have much access to John McCain, “the only journalist ushered into [John McCain’s] presence [during a recent flight] was a writer for Marie Claire magazine.”

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.