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. D. Hannes

    Palin? Relevant? How so?

    November 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Mark

    So Sarah finally realizes she is eye candy. Did she really think people followed her for her brain?

    November 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Nevada dude

    ??????

    What the heck is this woman talking about??? How is Newsweek "out of context"??? she sounds like a toddler that just learned a new phrase and now repeats it whenever she can. and by the way, i suppose the picture of sarah just took itself when she wasnt looking, eh?

    Face it sarah, you will NEVER be president.

    November 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    yuck yuck and yuck
    make this go away

    November 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. C

    SArah Palin is STILL running around throwing a tempertantrum that she lost... it's immature really. When I was little and would cry that "it isn't fair" my dad would look plainly at me and say, "life isn't fair".
    Get over it and go home Mrs. Palin!

    November 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Johnny P.

    "The media will do anything to draw attention"
    Its a good thing that Sarah doesn't like attention or doesn't make stuff up because that would make her like the media. Doesn't she have a BA in journalism – six colleges in seven years. .

    November 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. beth

    It's such a fitting photo...she should be proud. That's the image she tries to project. Look at me, I'm just a good ole hee haw honey from Wasilla and I'm going to bring order to this country.

    November 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. willowood

    So I guess she's never going to go away. Even Oprah is on the bandwagon...really bad karma. Seeing her resurface brings back vivid memories of why John McCain is on my "worst person in the world" list. Palin and McCain are holding hands in my dream and going down that yellow brick road. Only the end is a little different. You really don'y want to know the end of that dream.

    November 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. alan

    If the photo is sexist – then why did you pose for it in the first place, Sarah palin ??

    November 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. WHAAA??

    Freaky....super-freaky!!

    November 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. ron sorenson

    she is not that great to look at and has the brain of a woodpecker- If I was dead drunk I might think she looked great but after she opened her mouth and exposed her brain I would know she is an over the hill bimbo.

    November 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Dean

    The left wing and the liberal media are so afraid of Sarah Palin that they will resort to anything to slam this woman.

    November 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Manny - Miami, FL

    Re: the photo... to paraphrase the old adage... "Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time."
    I agree w/ NW – Sarah Palin as a 2012 candidate is the surest way to give Obama a victiry in Campaign '12...

    November 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. James D

    how is this photo sexist was it sexist in runners world when she took the photo, hey she should be happy , maybe next call she gets will be from the Heff....she certainly wont get any more G.O.P. calls

    November 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. carmela

    Palin is beginning to sound more and more like Prejean. What do they expect after they pose provocatively in your skimpy suit or make sex tapes? I wish these God fearing, holier than thou bimbettes would both go away.

    November 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Sue

    Hey Sar,

    If you didn't want the picture used, then why did you allow it to be taken. It looks posed, like you agreed to be photographed that way, yes?

    November 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Ernie

    With a cover that refers to "A PROBLEM LIKE SARAH", what did she expect?
    And the problem is that there's a story about her in the media, every day.

    November 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Carlos

    Palin releases a book and now 6 of the top political tickers are directly talking about Sarah Palin. Shill for her more, CNN.

    November 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Melanie

    You shouldn't have taken the picture.

    November 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. This Is So Lame

    She's the GOP's problem, not the country's. Most thinking Americans realize she's just a distraction for real issues we have to solve. What can I say a beauty queen always sales magazines and Sarah's no difference.

    November 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Robert

    Sexist?! Then why did Satan Jr. pose for this?

    November 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Craig in Washington

    The pic is inappropriate for Newsweek but totally appropriate for Runners World? Uh, 'splain please, Lucy.

    November 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Luke Brown

    Whose writing Palin's stuff these days?

    November 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. yourmommycalled

    Interesting, she willingly posed for the photo in Runner's World and it wasn't sexist then, when she participated in Beauty Pagents it wasn't sexist, suddenly now those photos are sexist? Which is it Sarah you cann't have both ways.

    November 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. ryan

    She's a politician, a far right wing politician. Everyone even slightly to the left of her is afraid of what she represents. Since she cannot (or will not) clearly articulate what she stands for in an interview where people question her views, the media will do her explaining for her. Complaining about it just makes her look like she hates freedom of the press. It's not like she's complaining about papparazzi photographers peering in through windows or over fences to take 'candid' shots. She pitches a fit whenever a national news broadcast or printed publication even slightly mocks or criticizes her.

    November 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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