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. Enough

    Newsweek has turned into a very Liberal rag............and their subscription base and declining sales reflect that. For them to put a picture that was used for Runners World magazine and depict it the way they did is reflective of what they have become. Newsweek has become Obama weekly and that's why I have become a FORMER subscriber. Good luck Newsweek, you will have to rely on your magazine surviving with a Liberal base...............or Obama bailing you out.

    November 17, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Rory Gibbens

    Instead of being of mouth-piece for Palin, perhaps CNN should do fact checking of their own. For example, perhaps CNN could discuss the merits of her memoir and the Newsweek article, instead of just printing anything she says as if it's news.

    November 17, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Dan in Noo Yawk

    One gets the rather unfortunate impression that her book tour sticks to areas with "real Americans" because she thinks of savvy, well-informed, urban populations as "Mud People."

    November 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Chris

    Sarah
    I'm confused didn't you pose for that photo?

    November 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. WIll this be posted? YOU BETCHA NOT! **wink**

    So a photo for which SHE posed, and for which SHE used as propaganda in her own campaign is now sexist?

    Didn't she do this with Trig? Immediately after exploiting him for her campaign purposes, she cried, "How dare you use my retarded baby!"

    Tit for tat Sarah! Live with it, quit whining and GO AWAY, you hypocrite!!!

    November 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Lynne

    Instead of giving Palin credibility and free advertising by rerunning clips of interviews with Oprah and Walters and posting her Facebook "pronouncements", why isn't CNN demanding she comes on their outlet to do an interview???

    November 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. K H in St. Louis

    "I call that soft porn, yes. So it's a bit heartbreaking to see the road that she's on right now."

    Tough trying to have it both ways, huh Sarah? Pandering to your radical base and trying to be politically correct at the same time?

    November 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Joe in PA

    She's not happy unless she's complaining about something or "slamming" someone. The media, the father of her grandchild, the current President and more.

    Somehow the photo wasn't irrelevant and sexist when she posed for Runner's World magazine.

    And let's face it: sex sells magazines, especially nowadays when print media is struggling with competition from the Internet.

    Following the link to her Facebook page, she goes on to complain, but what I found particularly interesting was her rant about how the AP fact-checking is focused on her and ignoring other big issues. Sorry, lady, but I think the AP has access to more than 11 reporters and those many others are looking into the issues you reference.

    Also needed to mention my favorite quote from her post: "we'll keep reminding some in the media that Americans are very tired of [the AP's] non-objective reporting." Because we know that Fox isn't the mouth piece of the Republican party?

    November 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Grahame

    I have a question.

    WAS IT SEXIST WHEN SHE POSED FOR THE PHOTO IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    November 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. tisgoogle

    Get this woman out of the news! Enough is enough with this right
    wingnut!

    November 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. geecee

    Well, whether we want to admit it or not, the only reason this woman is getting all this attention, even after she lost the V.P. race, and quit as governor, and her life is a soap opera, is because of her LOOKS. Plain and simple. If she looked like Madeline Albright (no insult intended) she would NOT be getting all this attentiOn about her book, her family, guest on numerous talk shows, etc. It's her looks, she is beautiful and we are all wrapped up in her appearance. She has absolutely no substance whatsoever and would have gone away a year ago were it not for her appearance!! Bottom line, folks.

    November 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Bill

    Does this woman EVER take responsibility/ownership for ANY of her actions? FAILED MEDIA PERCEPTIONS – It's Katie Couric's fault for how she portrayed Palin; FAILED CAMPAIGN – It's the Republicans fault for not being focused enough; FAILED CAMPAIGN STUMPING – It's John McCain's staffers fault for not allowing Palin to speak freely; FAILED CONTROL OF MEDIA PICTURES – It's Newsweek fault for obtaining the pictures from another magazine and using them. FAILED GOVERNORSHIP; It's the fault of all those silly indictments and legal accuasations that made Palin leave office... do I really have to give my other 12 examples?

    November 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Aaron

    However, posing in stretchy short-shorts and a saucy pose? Nope, not playing off any sexual stereotypes there. Palin loves to play the victim; who forced her to dress like that and pose?

    Party of personal responsibility, my butt...

    November 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Logic

    There is no end to this woman's hypocrisy.

    Sarah, you were a beauty pageant contestant. The whole pageant process is inherently sexist. You don't see a lot of overweight or physically unattractive people competing on that circuit. Your looks have gotten you over your whole life. Suddenly now that you are trying to develop some gravitas, your looks are a problem.

    I have news for you, Sarah. If you weren't pretty, no one would buy your shtick at all. Period. Your looks are part of your appeal, which makes commenting on them fair game for the media or anyone else.

    If you feel that your appearance diminishes your stature as a 'leader', wear a burka. Or would that be un-American?

    November 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Brad

    I dislike this person!

    November 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Chris

    She has my vote!

    November 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Hollie

    I'm sooooo sick of her whining.... Maybe if she spoke about 'relevant' issues, she would be taken seriously. However, she herself has written a book that focuses more on 'settling scores' than any serious policy positions that might show that she actually has any intellectual chops and seriousness of purpose.

    November 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Homer

    "...sexist, and oh-so-expected." You don't like being "objectified" by the media? Then, stop doin' photo-shoots that exploit you as a sex-symbol! You have nothing to whine about, if you're the one that's feeding the beast... and probably enjoying it, too. Although I can see that this was certainly a political move on the part of Newsweek, her response was purely political, as well. You think she doesn't like running around in tight clothes with the oohing-and-ahhing of right-wing "sexist" men that follows? Yeah, she does.

    November 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    Palin wrote. "The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist, and oh-so-expected by now."

    PALIN – STOP parading around like that if you do not want criticism!!! MEN – mainly the far right REPBLI-CAN'T men – are exploiting you – making YOU believe you are the HOTTEST thing in the PARTY and it's NOT because of your BRAINS!!!

    Other MEN – who do not care about YOU – are making you look like how they SEE YOU – a big ASH flirt that uses her body when it is good for her and then SLAM people when it is NOT!!!

    Pant suits and dresses below the knees PLEASE IF you want to be RESPECTED by the MAJORITY and NOT just by your MERRY MEN!!!

    November 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. K H in St. Louis

    "... it's a bit heartbreaking to see the road that she's on right now."

    Tough trying to have it both ways, huh Sarah? Pandering to your radical base and trying to be politically correct at the same time?

    November 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Rumsfeld

    Sarah, now be honest. You love the attention and crave the notoriety. It is a shame that poor behavior is so well reinforced in American society. Looks over brains go a very long way in this country. Pity.

    November 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. LOL

    I'm sorry, did Newsweek attach her head to someone else's body? She was there when the photo was taken, wasn't she? Has she conveniently forgotten she was smiling at the time, so she didn't have a problem with the pose.

    I've been a woman all my life and nothing angers me more than a chicken-little attempt at playing a victim. There is nothing, nothing remotely sexist about this picture. Sarah needs to get a grip on reality.

    November 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. a canuck

    According to CNN headlines..... Palin's latest hobby is slamming everything and everybody. She is the author of her own reputation !!

    November 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Mr. Phil

    As much as I hate to say it, because I can not stand this woman, that is a really lame picture choice for a "news" magazine. The Chief Photo Editor should resign for adding fuel to the flame.

    November 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Reny

    This nitwit posed for the photo so why is she crying? I can't believe there are actually idiots out there who want her to be president. SHE posed for it! SHE knew what she looked like! SHE wanted that effect to keep her drivel spewing supporters happy. What a loser!

    November 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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