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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. jason

    Hmmm...no one ever won an election by complaining. Correct me if I'm wrong! Good strategy, S. Keep it up, it hastens your demise.

    November 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Laura

    Only in America....sad.

    November 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. SkiDoc

    Lower than pond scum – that's Newsweek. But it is only the latest in the continuing effort by the left (especially those pesky wimmins libbers) to attack Palin's character. She's ready! Obama hasn't run a Dairy Queen, but this woman has run a state. Look out left – here she comes. Go Sarah! You betcha!

    November 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Why does she always blame someone other than herself? Any idiot would know that if you have a picture like that taken, it is going to be used. She shows such poor judgment and then blames others. How can anyone take her seriously?

    November 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. jeff jackson, alabama

    She will be the hottest world leader in world history.
    Of course I've never seen Cleopatra......but Sarah has
    raised more interest for her times than even Cleopatra.
    CNN, keep up the good work. Your negative coverage
    of Sarah Palin for the last year and a half has backfired
    on you and resulted in the greatest irony of recent
    political history. You're actually going to help my girl
    get elected.
    I doubt she runs cold chills up Chris Mathews' leg
    but she does mine and millions of other American's.
    ROCK ON SARAH !!!!!!

    November 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Rockford IL

    Let's get this straight. They didn't Photoshop her head on someone else's body, she posed for this shot in a runner's magazine.

    It wasn't sexist for that publication, but now it is for Newsweek?

    I would agree that the subhead might be in poor taste, but don't call the photo sexist if you agreed to it.

    November 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Sean from Marin

    So, I'm confused? Did you pose for the photo or not? If you did, how did it become sexist after you put on the outfit, the make-up, draped the American flag over the chair and said "cheese"?

    I hope this candle burns slow and long, because she will take down the Republican party and there does not seem to be anything Steele and team can do about it. New York 23 forever!!!

    Go, Sarah, go...

    November 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Kelly

    Um, didn't she pose for said picture? Perhaps then would have been the best time for such realization...

    November 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Avi Shlomo

    Sarah,
    do not judge...is not that what you have been doing since some idiot introduced you? would not it be nice to have her in the white house so we she will be in the news 24 hours?ceryainly having her in the white house will usher the end of America as we know it. As the old saying goes and it applies to Sarah..there is not enough blood going to her brain and ass at the same time....Enjoy the ride..the country that produced G.W> Bush is certainly able to Produce Sarah Palin and the likes of Kennedy and Regan will be condemned for doing what is right.

    November 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. eric

    buuuuut....she posed for it, no?

    November 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Nick in LA

    Questions still remains: "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah?

    Palin / Bachmann 2013

    November 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Alyssa

    She took this picture!! Why is it now sexist? She posed for it! Why was it appropriate before? Is an issue of the picture, Sarah, or the headline?

    November 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Obama Victim

    I don't know about sexist..but it is certainly biased politically....do you think they would put an attractive democrat woman on the cover like that?? oh wait...there are no attractive democrat women...............never mind

    November 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Ross

    without the pandering media this moron wouldn't even have a book. What I am wondering is who would waste time reading it!

    November 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Linda

    it's becoming clear, a majority of liberals are Sexist.

    What's the old saying? Give 'em enough rope and they'll hang themself.

    I guess we should be thankful Newsweek did not give us Obama in his bathingsuit on the cover.

    November 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Puzzled by Duplicitousness

    Amazing how the Liberal media shows Barack-O shirtless to show how cool and sexy and desireable he supposedly is. So sexiness and good looks portray power and strength for democrat men..... but not for a conservative woman..... and liberals are supposed to be the ones who blow smoke up their own tailpipes about their support for women?.....O I forgot it is only for Liberal women...... because a

    "Sleaze-week" basically pulls a lowbrow, sleazy photshop type mauever, using a photo from a running magazine to "TRY" and show this woman in shorts to make her look bad... are the the National Enquirer now?

    Democrats can never be understood because they talk out of both sides of their mouth at the same time.....

    November 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Steve

    If Sarah Palin is going to complain about the use of photographs perhaps she shouldn't put herself in the position that she is providing the photo opportunities.

    She posed for the photograph, if she is so naive as to think that other people wouldn't re-use the photograph then perhaps politics is better off without her.

    November 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. old school

    Just another saga in the fast failing American society. I personally believe Mrs. Palin is a good person. But this country continues to show its unmoralistic love of the evils unleashed by our filthy little minds. Im very much convinced that America has fallen totally out of control. We have no morals, no fear, no discipline, no leaders worth following. Its only a matter of time now before GOD puts an end to it all. Good luck.

    November 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Puzzled by Duplicitousness

    Amazing how the Liberal media shows Barack-O shirtless to show how cool and sexy and desireable he supposedly is. So sexiness and good looks portray power and strength for democrat men..... but not for a conservative woman..... and liberals are supposed to be the ones who blow smoke up their own tailpipes about their support for women?.....O I forgot it is only for Liberal women...... because a conservative woman does not count....

    "Sleaze-week" basically pulls a lowbrow, sleazy photshop type mauever, using a photo from a running magazine to "TRY" and show this woman in shorts to make her look bad... are the the National Enquirer now?

    Democrats can never be understood because they talk out of both sides of their mouth at the same time.....

    November 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Beth

    ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...I am sick to death of hearing about this woman. Seriously...I think I'd rather be waterboarded or shot from a helicoper like the wolves or made to make out with Rush Limbaugh.

    Enough already!!

    November 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Alex

    And yet didn't a major American magazine run a photo of a shirtless Obama earlier in the year? Seriously, Palin's going to have to start playing nice to the media if she wants to have any hope of running in 2012. And if she didn't want those photos circulated she shouldn't have posed for them in the first place!

    November 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. John

    Did she not pose for the photo shoot??? What did she expect that the photo would never be used anywhere???? How stupid can one be???

    November 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. DennisG

    It should be fairly apparent that she's been making sure she's always in the news is some way or another in order to strategically position herself for a shot at the BIG ONE.............an invitation to be on Dancing with the Stars! It has to be that because so many of the things she's said and done are going to come back to haunt her if she run's for office again.

    November 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. paul

    I believe that she was on the other-side of that camera when the picture was taken.....she should have known better

    November 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Beverly

    She wants the attention. She doesn't want the attention. She likes being in the spotlight. She doesn't like being in the spotlight. She likes to be wishy washy. She likes to pretend not to be wishy washy.

    She must be studying to be top diva. Poor Todd.

    November 17, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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