November 17th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
4 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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  1. JM

    I'm not a Sarah Palin fan by any stretch of the imagination, but this is really inappropriate on the part of "Newsweek".

    November 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. CAROL

    Cnn is so obessed with Palin that they forget all other important news.
    Why does she scare you so much. Maybe, you understand she is a threat to your status quo.

    Go Sarah Go!!!!!

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Connie

    Sexist? Not at all.

    What it is, is a disgrace the way you have our flag draped over the chair, crumpled, with your elbow on it. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. chris in philly

    and you posed for it with an improperly displayed American flag.

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Adam S

    This photo is sexist...says the former beauty queen who routinely posed in bathing suits to win over judges.

    Keep it coming Sarah, you are comedy gold!

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. A. Goodwin

    Seriously, this woman in crazy. Maybe she should consider NOT doing these kind of photo shoots in the first place – even for Runner's World. I honestly doubt she was upset by the photo but upset about the headline. But of course, falin-palin likes to make an issue out of what is a non-issue for everyone else.

    I cannot wait to hear what the Pro-Palin camp has to say. You people make me laugh every single day. Nobody but you people belive this woman has credit. "Oh, she's just a wonderful woman and mother who has been misjudged by EVERYONE ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET..."

    I have to love Limbaugh's claim that the book is all about policy. That is a bunch of poo!! Its all about Sarah and Sarah bashing those who got her where she is today – mostly being the laughing stock of the GOP!

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Laurie in Spokane

    I have little regard for Palin, but in this instance she's absolutely correct – the picture is sexist, out of context and blatantly is intended to titillate. Is all written media turning tabloid?

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Anonymous

    If she didn't want the picture to appear in print, she shouldn't have posed for it. I personally would be more upset about the captions.

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    She & Madonna come from the same school of fame seekers-no such thing as bad press, only bad thing is no press. "Please don't throw me in that briar patch !!" You can't swinefully seek publicity & then cry "foul" when it doesn't come out the way you want.

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Notsobad

    When will women wake up! this is an assault on you, not just Sarah! It is basically the same things as rappers calling women the b-word and is accepted by women that listen to rap music. mind you, it isn't all that do it in the media but there is a popular majority out there that does this.

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. rick

    Is she photoshopped in?

    God! She posed for it so I guess that makes her the sexist one.

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. FormCritic

    You may or may not like Palin. Her comments about Newsweek's cover story are dead on.

    November 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Selina

    CNN is the worst! News Week is a close 2nd.

    LEAVE HER ALONE you perverts!!!

    November 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Jeremy

    "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,"

    But Sarah...there is NOTHING relevant about you... they're focusing on EXACTLY what they should be... the only thing that keeps you in the media...your figure.

    November 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. becky

    So they photoshopped this picture or did she pose for it? Evidently she cannot make the connection between her behavior and its connection to reality. Had she not posed for the shot, it would not be on the cover.

    Can we go on to something important now? Please.

    November 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Kelly

    Sarah, if you can't take national criticism, then stay out of the national spotlight and stick to the softball, bubblewrapped gatherings where the media is banned.

    November 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Fire Eater

    Why is the lame stream media so afraid of this woman? I'm not a big fan of hers mainly because her voice is annoying but the Newsweak headline is too much. Why is she bad news? Because she's an attractive woman that has a mind of her own? Because she's a conservative? Or because the Democrats know she will be hard to beat without completely trashing her and her family which will expose them for what they are. Hate filled racists that hide behind the lie of inclusion and acceptance. She's not as easy a target as McCain and that has the Liberals running scared. Add the Obamanation and the left should be desperate in 2010 and 2012.

    November 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. R Arthur Miller

    Don't pose for pictures. She seems jealous of Levi, monkey see, monkey do.

    November 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. JAMEY

    Maybe people would take her a tad more seriously if when engaged in a US Vice-Presidentila debate, she would refrain from winking at the camera..

    November 17, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. matt - Florida

    Huh, isn't she the one who posed for it?

    Please, this quack has really received far far too much attention. Can we just let her fade into the history books?

    November 17, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Flex

    The least she could do is explain how the newsweek cover is sexist. I'm constantly fighting back against rampant sexism, racism, homophobia, agism, classism, and transphobia, and I show the links from the oppressor's words, or actions, to the offense. S. Palin has failed to do this, and she adds insult to all of the women, and oppressed minorities who fight against these attacks on anyone, who really are oppressed at the behest of men. She does this by not unpacking her claim why the cover is sexist!

    Being "out of context" is not sexist! Shame on S. Palin for trivializing real oppression!

    November 17, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. texandave

    I thought that was her whole schtick! What else does she have to offer? Gettin' a little old though

    November 17, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Chas in Iowa

    I can't understand why she is miffed that they used a photo of her that she posed for.

    November 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    If a conservative news magazine had published a similar by-line on Michele Obama or Hilary Clinton, the left would be up in arms. Hypocrites. Feminists, where is your sting? Is it only 'liberal' women that are taken seriously?

    November 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. brian

    Oh so its ok to have the photo in Running World Magaizne but not this one, because they may not like you, now if the magazine had the same photo but was positive and loved her she would have no problem with it. She attacks anyone and anything that says anything negative about her. Grow up little spoiled rich girl, and by trying to always keep yourself in the media. The same outlet you keep bashing shows how dumb you are

    November 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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