November 17th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
10 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. bob in LA

    All i hear from this woman is WHAAAAH! She has no problem critiziing others, calling names, and bad-mouthing poeple, but the minute someone does or says something negative regarding her- out comes the whine.
    I guess with a slow news cycle her book is news- but then – enough!

    November 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. J

    Since she has such a problem with it, one has to wonder why she was obviously willing to pose for such a "sexist" photo in the first place.

    November 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Ben

    ummm....Didn't Sarah pose for this picture? Did she say it was sexist then?

    CNN....and all other media outlets....ignore her. She is not news.

    November 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. mz

    She willingly posed but is oh so clueless regarding journalistic and political twists that will occur. Sarah has absolutely no business in the political forefront – of any party.

    November 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Mike from Pelosiland

    Any knowledgeable and objective observer, whether a Palin lover or hater, has to admit that journalism is dead and Newsreek is one of the assassins. I don't agree with everything Palin says but she's nailed this one.

    "Irrelevant" perfectly describes most of the American mainstream media especially Newsreek and the New York Slimes.

    November 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Jess

    you go girl!

    November 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Nette

    You can not pick and choose what kinda media exposure you get. You gotta take the good with the bad.You asked for it ,now deal with it.! Be careful what you wish for,you just might get it!!!

    November 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Lois

    Sarah slams this, Sarah slams that, Sarah blames everyone else for her ignorance. She has learned nothing. Nothing at all. How I wish this person would just shut up.

    November 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Diane

    So it's 'sexist' because it's "out of context"? It has that cheesecake quality, no matter what the context. The pose, the expression: it's not sporty and never was, not even on the cover of Runner's World. So, Miss Wasilla, don't pose like that if you think it's sexist. As for DOING ANYTHING TO GET ATTENTION: it's not the media, it's Sarah who does that. Really. What a ridiculous accusation.

    November 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Sarah

    Whatever....she is the one that posed for the photo. I love how she is trying to make Newsweek look bad. What a moron.

    November 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. tony

    Why are you extending her 15 minutes of fame? She's just another pretty face, but without the requisite intelligence. Move on, please, and allow her to return back to obscurity – with a few of Russia.

    November 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. IBMMuseum

    Can't keep the dual lives separate, Sarah? You posed for the photo shoot. Do we have another Prejean-style story waiting to be told?

    November 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Davis

    There seems to be so little actual content associated with Sarah Palin. The fury and sensation surrounding her lacks substance. She seems to be much more focused on maintaining the limelight than on offering thoughtful solutions or rational dialogue.

    She lacks credibility personally and politically and is easy to perceive as a detriment to her party and/or all but the narrowest of political or public causes.

    November 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Lisa

    I guess Palin herself is sexist since she willingly posed for that shot.

    November 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Dale

    Booo hooo.... 😦 Poor me.... 😦

    November 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Conan

    And all they ever show Hillary in is a pantsuit. Strange.

    November 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. vicky from Milwaukee

    The choice of photo for the cover is unfortunate, but not for the reasons she states. The real crime is that it's her on the cover.

    November 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Proc

    And sure, people complain about FoxNews, but wouldn't you all agree that Newsweek is a tad biased? I mean, really.

    November 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Amazing

    Not to worry at this rate NEWSWEEK will be out of business soon. They are no longer a news magazine, they have become as Liberal as the New York Times and MSNBC and they are all failing. CNN take note, when an organization works so hard to push their political view and quit reporting all the news, people will leave. FOX is a strong #1 for a reason.

    November 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Cindy- St. Louis

    HOW CAN SHE COMPLAIN WHEN SHE IS THE ONE WHO POSED FOR THIS PICTURE!!! Oh wait, I forgot- it is all about the victimization and narcisissim. What a piece of work. Wake up, folks.

    November 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. linda

    What's wrong with News Week, isn't anyone paying any attention to them anymore. Sales must be bad if they have to stoop this low, however, leave it to CNN to pick it up, even if they are competition.

    November 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Dan

    If this picture was Obama or John McCain wearing the same outfit – would it be called sexist? This is just anther ruse to put down the outlets that view Palin as she really is – Someone not qualified to be in the position she is in.

    November 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Shelley, SLC UT

    So how is a photo that she posed for and approved for runner's week now "sexist" when used by another magazine??

    She certainly likes to cry wolf, and her minions lap it up.

    Sad. Very sad.

    November 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Peter Vaguely

    If the ex-governor hadn't posed for this photo it wouldn't be an issue. The whole point of the article is that she wants it both ways. Palin's problems with Newsweek are the same as her problems with Katie Couric. She does not like it when people force her to acknowledge her shortcomings, which are numerous. She is a celebrity, hawking a book, who got her photo on the cover of Newsweek. BOO HOO! I don't fault the magazine for the choice of photos. I fault them for giving this nut-job any publicity at all.
    I hope the ex-governor does run for President. Chances are it hurts the Republicans. And if,God fobid, she wins in 2012 she will have quit by 2014 and we can get on with life.

    November 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. jon

    I am very confused. Why did she allow a photoshot like this if she thought it was sexist? Again, if it was "oh-so-expected", why did she allow a shot like this? I cannot get my head around her logic. This shot was okay for Runner's World but not for Newsweek? Does this sound weird to anyone else?

    November 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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