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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  1. JC

    She writes "The media will do anything to draw attention". That sounds like someone I know. I think she used to be a nobody and got famous by talking about things so stupid like "Rev. Wright" and "Socialist". Who was that again?

    November 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. kcl

    My God does this lady ever stop whining? If the lead-in on the Newsweek cover had been positive she'd be singing a different story. Granted the picture choice is questionable, but it isn't fabricated.
    Sarah get a clue and stop embarrassing yourself.

    November 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Diamondhead

    I like the question James Carville ask on last nights Larry King show. Did Sarah Palin pose for this photo? The answer is yes she posed for this photo knowing full well that the photo would be published. I'm sick and tired of the whole victim mentality on the right.

    November 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. SJ

    Another ditzy comments from the Right's favorite ditz.

    November 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. jane

    ...she posed for the photo! Nobody made her do it..she is such a hypocrite. Keep blabbong Sarah, your 15 minutes, as well as your biological clock, is ticking..

    November 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Don M.

    Did she not pose for the photo?

    Here come the righties who think the left is somehow afraid of this mess...

    November 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Steve

    wait. i don't get it. is she upset about the photo or the caption?

    November 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Ken

    Palin is a liar who embodies nothing but pure, unadulterated ambition. If she doesn't like such photos of her being used in the media, why does she pose for them? It isn't like they put her head on someone else's body. The GOP hoped they could fool us by using her as a front for their corporate interests the way they used "W"; try to sell us "folksy," and "I could have a beer with her!" while stabbing us in the back, and she was and still IS definitely "in" on the plan. Go away, Sarah. And GOP, please give us some substance for a change instead of the same old ideological drivel and scare tactics that are designed to do only one thing: make the richest one percent richer, at the expense of everyone else.

    November 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. mrgmorgan56

    Good looking woman but dumb as a stone.

    November 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    way to go news week and who tells palin how to use some of the BIG WORDS that she is now coming up with ? makes me laugh at how stupid she acts and how many people think she is smart .. well they would have to be smarter than a first grader .or preschool .. but it is scarey that she thinks we want her doing anything .. other than take cheney and the group and go away way far away today would work just fine :)
    gary davis
    harbor oregon
    proud of our president

    November 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Stephan Srock

    Truly, 'Ol Sarah is eating this up, though she will paint a different and sordid picture. The fact is anything that gets her in the fading limelight and or allows her to make a buck is "vintage Sarah"..

    November 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. hairgoop

    Excuse me, but didn't she pose for the photo?????

    November 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. GKT

    Sexist? You betcha! Oh, but wait, did someone hold a gun to her head and force her to pose in that outfit and in that manner?

    November 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Mike

    Her party continually criticizes the liberals for always playing the race card. Now that the shoe is on the other foot we see how they respond. If she has asperations of seeking a national office she needs to stop saying things that will come back to haunt her. The book will do nothing to improve her chances. It merely shows why she is unqualified to deal with foreign or domestic issues. She also needs to look up the definition of rogue. That phrase was coined for McCain. Sarah was idetified as rogue because of McCain, not because she is one. In her case the term between rogue really menas a lack of knowledge.

    November 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. FancySmiley from Conyers, GA

    Sexism, racism, stupidism...I'm sick of all the 'isms. There's nothing sexist about the photo. This is getting so annoying.

    November 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Peter Zheutlin

    I can't stand looking at her no matter what she's wearing. The woman has a grossly inflated sense of her own abilities. What has been lost in all the ink spilled over Palin of late is how astonishingly irresponsible it was of John McCain to put the country in a position where she could well have ended up a heartbeat away from the presidency despite her appalling lack of ability. Those who argue that Obama, too, had a thin resume miss a critical point: through a long and grueling campaign he demonstrated a keen intellect and a broad and deep knowledge of international and domestic policy. Palin couldn't even tell Katie Couric what newspapers she read and believed that her ability to "see" Russia counted as foreign policy experience. Finally, the Newsweek photo is sexist? Did she not choose to be photographed that way?

    November 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Darryl

    It makes me sick to my stomach the lengths the mainstream media will go to bash someone who is conservative. It is obvious that the left (media) was scared of her during the campaign that they pulled no punches to drag her through the mud.

    November 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Benjamin

    If she thinks the photo is sexist, then why did she pose for it in the first place?

    November 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. ERP

    The ditz should make up her "mind". What is her problem with this flattering photo that depicts her exactly the way she really is? If she had been surprised by a paparazzi while engaged in a private activity, we could sympathize with her whining, but she seems to be posing proudly for this photo, showing off her best attributes.

    November 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. tommygunn

    Please Sarah.

    The NEWSWEEK people placed a personal picture on their cover showing a lighter side to your approach on politics. You took the picture for another magazine and they just re-used it....did you offer them a different one? How can that be sexist?

    Sarah is more appealing when she takes it head on oppose to running behind the sexist statement woo is me...........there are sometime when it is appropriate, but this one is not it.....

    November 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Liam

    She's started referring to herself in third person. Like Bob Dole. And The Rock.

    November 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Ed

    Sorry Sarah but you posed for the photo. If it wasn't sexist when you posed for it the first time then its not sexist now.

    November 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Mize

    Once again another complaint from a woman who claims to hate complainers. Ah the irony.

    November 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Indiana Pagan

    So, why is this image sexist, exactly, according to Sarah? She was okay posing for it in the beginning...oh, wait, this the outraged, self-righteous, Conservative Republican side of her.

    She will say, or do, anything for five more minutes in the spotlight.

    November 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Jesse

    Is she not aware that she herself posed for the photo? What is wrong with this person?

    November 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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