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. sgurdog

    Republicans always like to blame the media for their own failings. If she spent half as much energy on real problems that effect "most" Americans (the media is not one of them). People like her feed off the media attention to give them a pulpit to preach jibberish.

    As a kid I enjoyed watching Scooby Doo, which always ended with the bad guy proclaiming "I could have ruled the world, if it wasn't for those blasted kids!" Seems some things never change.

    November 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Jason

    For the first time in my life I agree with her. That picture was a low blow and meant to make her look silly. That being said, please stop running stories about her, please.

    November 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Richard Carpenter

    Spin Negative all you would like. She is coming and represents lot's of people in the way she feels about current issues. Wonder if she will bow and lapdog to leaders of other countries? I doubt it, just like she will not bow and scrap to the biased media that exists today.

    November 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. David in San Diego

    Did someone take that photo without her knowing it? Was it retouched, doctored, etc? Otherwise, as usual she provoked what she is now accusing: She posed in a "sexist" way in a photoshoot to extend her "15 months of fame." "Trailer trash" doesn't quite get to the heart of it.

    November 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Randy

    Why pose for a photo like that if Sarah thinks
    it is viewed as sexist?
    I think she looks wonderful.

    November 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. bcords

    hey bimbo... did you not take the photo???typical republican response to feigh outrage at the least little thing. please take your millions from the book and go away!!!oh thats right you cant go away because you lead the republican party...right off the cliff

    November 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. call me crazy

    Wow, I never knew Newsweek was so biased. I have to agree that I don't think she belongs in the running for president, but wow. Tell us what you really think. ;)

    Actually I think if she were nominated, that would guarantee Obama's re-election. She can't win and God help us if she did.

    November 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Jose

    And Levi is the only one trying to show a little skin? No double standard there, right Palin. Of course not..

    November 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. james

    So what's the problem with the photo? She's the one who did the sexist pose. and I don't see what's sexist... it's not like she's dressed up as a homemaker, and even if she was, it was her own doing.
    Palin loves attention, she's just the person to expose herself at Mardi Gras and scream "Don't look at me".

    November 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Sniffit

    i like the photo..........

    is she upset by being called a problem?

    bty.........i wish i was not so dumb

    i dont like obama either

    November 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Anonymous

    what a pity that a publication would sink so low. Guess we write them off our Christmas list as well. It is not about Sarah Palin – its about decency and fair reporting which they know nothing about. What a sad state of affairs for our country.

    November 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. ran

    CNN will you ever stop commenting on this "thing"?

    November 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Adam

    It's amazing she can pose for a photograph and when it's taken out of her subjective context it's "sexist" and when it's not she thinks she's an "opportunist", only in Sarah's World.

    November 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Sam

    Hmmm...Sarah's response to the cover 'Oh...so expected'...She wants to have the cake and eat it too....she is the one who is in the media all the time and yet she blames to no end...get a life, woman...

    November 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Chris

    Please. Just go away Sarah!

    November 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Loup Garou 782

    That cover page is exactly the reason I do not read the socialist, communist anti-American leaning magazines like Time and Newsweek. Neither publication is a news publication, they are tabloid trash..

    November 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. JJ

    How dare the magazine print a sexist picture that she posed for?! And who gave the authority to have her put on that outfit? Granted, it is out of context, but Sarah is the queen of taking things out of context. Hello Pot, this is Kettle; Kettle this Pot......you two should talk.

    November 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Cara

    Just because you are portrayed in a cute little running outfit, does not make this an attack on you for being a woman. Would they ever do this to Hillary? No. Pelosi? No. It is not your womanhood being attacked-it is you. It has to do with your lack of intelligence and your lack of knowledge of the world around you and policy. For pete sake, they portrayed Bush as a monkey and the character from mad magazine–which to be honest, I find to be an insult to monkeys everywhere, but was an attack on his intelligence and capabilities. He was so moronic he was truly cartoonish. You and he are equally moronic, Mrs. Palin.

    November 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. BOB

    why are women and men in the media and goverment so scared of sara palin is it because she still has human feelings can understand the american people women are scared of her because she is a women most women in the media and goverment have forgotton what a women is really like men are so greedy and afrid to say to there wifes she is smart and real if this ofends anybody then the shoe fits get ready america the greed and no commone sense is coming to a end in the goverment maybe in this next election we will get real people in congress who know who and what they are we don't need anymore actors in congress we need people to stand up for america get god back into are goverment and quit worring about gay people gun laws who in goverment is sleeping with who we need jobs education and a end to big bussness and the stock market oh yes it would be nice if our presdent got our troops out of this war instead of traving all over the world getting nothing done its sad to see all these so called smart people show ther butt day after day

    November 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. d jacobs

    Ok, If you don't want photos on magazines covers that appear to be sexist, don't pose in your running clothes/short shorts with your hand on your hip while leaning on an American flag.

    November 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Patrick

    She doesn't seem to have a problem with Fox's media being biased toward her. She wants to have it both ways. Without her train wreck, what is there of her to report? Her rambling, indecipherable populist garbage? Her book which is more of the same, with added self promotion? I believe the Newsweek put her best asset forward with that cover. And when was she ever a journalist? She covered local sports.

    November 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Matt

    Oh so expected huh? Yeah you saying it was expected changes everything :p! Man If we could round up all the people who want her to be President and just take away their right to vote, that would strengthen the country

    November 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Norman

    She posed for the picture, weather it was for Newsweek or not.

    November 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Palin' around

    Sarah seems so ready to punch and blame everyone else for anything and everything. She accepts blame for nothing, and lies like crazy.

    Remember how she was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it?

    And she was against going on SNL before she was for it in her revised history.

    How dare AP do fact checking!

    And now she's paling around with bigots – her co-author.

    It's time for this lady to take her windfall millions and leave the scene.

    November 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Joe

    As far as I can see, and my vision is 20/20, the only thing Sarah has going for her is her looks. If I were her, I would have put a nude picture of me on the cover of "Going Rogue". Then I would say...."Please judge this book by it's cover", it's the only good thing about it!

    November 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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