November 17th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin slams 'sexist' Newsweek cover

Palin is not happy with the latest Newsweek cover.
Palin is not happy with the latest Newsweek cover.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin's image is everywhere as she launches a highly-anticipated book tour this week, but the former Alaska governor is unhappy with at least one media organization's depiction of her.

Palin took aim at Newsweek's eye-catching cover this week that shows the former vice presidential candidate in her running outfit - an image that was apparently lifted from a Runner's World photo shoot months ago. Writing on her Facebook page Monday night, Palin said the depiction is flat out "sexist, and oh-so-expected."

"The choice of photo for the cover of this week's Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this 'news' magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant," Palin wrote. "The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist, and oh-so-expected by now."

"If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention – even if out of context," Palin also said.

The photo is accompanied by text that states "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah? She's bad news for the GOP - and for everybody else too."

Palin has held back few punches at the media in the initial stages of her publicity tour. The former governor slammed the Associated Press for its recent fact check that took issue with several of the memoir's contentions and, in her Oprah appearance that aired Monday, Palin slammed the way the media treated her family during the campaign.

The Alaska Republican also doesn't hold back in her book, writing at one point, "I had been out of journalism for a long time, and it was pretty obvious the rules had changed. I felt sick about the depths to which some in the press had apparently sunk, not because it was unfair to me and John, but because it was unfair to the American electorate."

UPDATE: Newsweek editor Jon Meacham is defending the image the magazine chose for its cover.

"We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do," he told CNN Tuesday. "We apply the same test to photographs of any public figure, male or female: does the image convey what we are saying? That is a gender-neutral standard."

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. hm,florida

    oh boo hoo hoo. so now that "she's out" and people of merit are asking lots of questions they are all wrong, wrong wrong. i hope she keeps going because all she is doing is looking like a complete fool (that she is). can't wait to hear from curick!!!!!
    she wants SO much attention but STILL CAN NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS. imagine how world leaders would view her or even have a conversation with her????

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    The reason I like this woman the most is because she gets under the skin of the Liberals anf the MSM...but I repeat myself.

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Jim

    Yeah, yeah, we know. You posed for that picture when you were young and rebelling against your parents. Not your fault.

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Joe the Troll

    If it's sexist, why did you pose for it?

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Gasman

    Was it a "sexist" photo when Runners World used it? I don't recall Palin making a stink about it then.

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. BJs65

    Boo hoo Sarah. Next time be careful about posing!

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Gaz

    If the headline had been "Darling of the GOP", then I'm sure it wouldn't have been sexist in her view.
    If you want to be the pin up girl for gun clubs it's only fair you accept you're the target for the other half.

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. CJ

    Uh. You posed for the photo. And back to this whole "liberal media" thing... isn't Newsweek supposed to be the more conservative weekly news article?

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Carol from Corsicana

    Hmmm - Interesting. I watched Sarah Palin on Oprah's show yesterday and noticed that she didn't object to the video clip of her in shorts on her way to and from the gym – and even IN the gym if I'm remembering correctly.. This woman enjoys whining more than any other political figure I've ever seen. Maybe she figures that's the fastest way to get media coverage, or maybe she feels better qualified to whine than to discuss the relevant issues of our country. Who knows? Who really cares? I'm really getting bored with her and chastised myself for even watching her on Oprah's show. Watching someone whine and blame others for everything that happens to her gets really tiresome.

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Don- 3-Tour Iraq Vet

    SHE poses for this picture (with the American flag bunched up and draped over a chair, obviously touching the floor... which it isn't SUPPOSED to), and somehow it's "sexist". Was it sexist when she posed and it was run on the Runners World cover?

    What a clown!

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Charles

    She posed for it, duh? She is must have some kind of mental disorder, that is the only thing that would explain her actions then her reacations to what she did.

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. ETM

    Palin has nothing to complain about. She has absolutely no talent beyond her sexual appeal to horny Republicans and the media, so she should not complain when her only asset is presented.

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Matt

    Didnt she pose for that picture? regardless of the capacity in which it was originally taken she still posed for it. Sounds like she should blame herself more and everyone else who "slights" her a little less.

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Rick Who Is Also From NJ

    Of course she doesn't like the photo... its awesome, and captures some very strange uncomfortable feeling that many moderate Americans, like myself, have about this pseudo politician.

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Cliff

    It's sad that Newsweek would choose "tabloid tactics" . I really thought they were above that, but I guess journalistic integrity is not something they are interested in. I'm no Sarah Palin fan, I voted for the "other guy," but this is something I would expect from Rupert Murdock, not Newsweek. They just lost my readership.

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. robrubin

    Sarah Palin is a problem and just needs to go away.

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Sarah=Disaster

    Wait a minute...did she or did she not pose for the photograph?
    That sure looks like a pose to me...
    Seems like she wants to have her cake and eat it, too...

    The woman is a nightmare that won't go away!

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. ODF

    Maybe Newsweek should focus on REPORTING the news instead of trying to make/create news. Shame on you Newsweek.

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. NCBrent

    I can't stand Sarah Palin, but I have to agree with her on this.

    November 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Anonymous

    So what is new about anything she said in her BOOK? It's the same old BLAME GAME, Whinning and Crying about how unfair the media was with her.........I watched the interview with Katie and I didn't see how she interviewed Palin any different than she has interviewed other Politicians........I think this Book is going to do her more Harm than Good.........she might make some money in the first week but from there on it will not be on the Top Seller List ......but the effects of her remarks in this Book with last a life time

    November 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Maureen

    Why are we still talking about her.

    November 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. a little sad

    It's more obvious in the original picture the disrespect she shows for the way the flag is draped over a chair for her photo-op.

    Trying to start another tempest in a teapot, eh, Ms Palin?

    November 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Dale

    The former beauty queen and pageant participant is complaining about a "sexist" photo (one that she did pose for, doesn't matter for who)? Are you kidding me? Does this woman EVER take responsibility for ANYTHING she does? Or is it always someone else's fault?

    November 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. mlw

    Congratulations CNN, you have sold more Sarah Palin "Going Rogue' books than Oprah's book club. ENOUGH with the 24 hour Palin advertising!

    November 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Purple Alaska

    One question Sister Sarah:

    Did you take the photo or not? Such a hypocrite in lipstick....leanin' on the American flag, no less.

    November 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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