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. Jeff

    If she thinks the photo is so sexist, why did she pose for the shot in the first place?

    November 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Carnell From The Motor City!

    Aw! Poor Sarah Barracuda, Kwame...Oops, I Mean Cry Me A River. I Do Agree With Ms. Palin's Gripe That Most Of The Media Outlets, Newspapers, An Magazines Are Unethical And Will Stoop To The Lowest Common Denominator To Get A Story Printed Or Aired. Unfortunately For Sarah Palin, That Includes The Clowns At Fox (Fixed) News Channel That's Not Named Shepard Smith, Or Geraldo Rivera.

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Joni Golden

    It's getting harder and harder to tell Sarah Palin and Carrie Prejean apart. They put themselves on display as sexual sirens and the complain about being the victims of an sexist media when those images are actually used. This kind of faux feminism is getting a little tiresome.

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Sean

    Perhaps the former governor should avoid being photographed in such a way any time if she doesn't want to be portrayed as such. It doesn't matter though; she'll forever be in reactionary mode based upon her own poor judgment.

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Rob

    You know for dang sure that if it was Hillary or Obama on the cover and the headline read "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary/Obama" that the libs would be yelling up a storm and would not stop protesting until Newseek went out of business. But no, Newsweek is showing just how much it is in the pocket of the Democrat party.

    Question, if Palin is so inept, so unqualified, and nowhere near as able as the (false) prophet that's currently ruining our country and letting decent soldiers die while he "mulls it over" (as you all cry out about), then why are all of you in such a mess every time she's mentioned? I guess you can't deal with the fact that the first female president will not be Hillary Clinton. Add to that the so called "Change-meister", Bucky Obumbles, is well on his way to becoming the worst president ever. Just shows how pathetic you libs really are.

    A more fitting Newseek cover will be in Feb 2013, and it will read "Now that the bum's out of office, how do we fix the disasters of Obama?"

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Hubba hubba

    It don't look bad to me :-)

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. SGJ

    Gee Sara I guess you don't want anyone to discuss the real reason that the party of Old Men thinks your so "qualified" to be ON the high desk in the land ? :) ..

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Tristan

    If she doesn't like the photo, why did she wear the outfit and have her photo taken? She probably does have a better chance at being running attire model than president though – better suits her, um, talents.

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. SirFlipp

    I'm confused by Sarah again. As she must also be. Was this picture 'sexist' when she posed for it ,or did someone cut & paste her empty head on another body @Newsweek? Time & time again Sarah tries to make a mountain out of a molehill. kinda like her political career. Shame on John McCain for trying to pawn this ditz off on the American people, thinking ANY woman on the ticket would get him into the White House. NEWS FLASH: Sarah picks Carrie Prejean for VP slot for 2010. :)

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. David

    All about marketing. Sarah Palin is an attractive woman. I looked at the cover for about 10 seconds. Say Rush was on the cover, I wouldn't have looked at all.

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. chelle

    So let me understand this – she posed willingly for this photo shoot but it is SEXIST now? What a loonie toon!!!

    November 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Marilyn

    It is absolutely sexist. The problem is that people who believe everything they see on Saturday Night Live will also believe everything they read in Newsweek. There is a whole group of people out there (mostly under the age of 30) who do not know how to think for themselves.

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Jim

    I thought it looked like she was dressed to run away from her responsibilities as governor of Alaska.

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Mark

    Ok, so the cover is sexist, but the point is if you want to be respected as a legislator it might not be a good idea to do a photo shoot in revealing clothes. Sorry but that's the way of the world. It's not surprising that the media is putting on a sexist spin, but it's surprising that Sarah keeps making it so easy to portray her as an idiot. Stupid is as stupid does.

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. SGJ

    The reality is if Sarah Palin were a man he would have disappeared right after the elecetion... or better yet not even chosen.

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Tom in FL

    This would seem to be right up her alley, given the general dumbing down of America that she has promoted. It's like watching a train wreck, so horrible you just can't look away.

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Her failures are impressive.........

    Sarah,
    Please run in 2012. Please endorse other Republican's in 2010. The Democratic party loves the result of everything you touch....which truns into failure.
    Thank you.
    The California Democrat.

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. RN

    She isn't happy?
    She posed for the picture – right?
    What isn't to be happy about? Maybe the fact that she is seen as a problem?

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Alex

    Although I know she agreed to to the pose for the running magazine she did not agree to the sexist context which newsweek is now subjecting her image to. This was not tasteful of Newsweek although I am not suprised that they are attacking the GOP I am surprised that they are lowering themselves to sexist commentary.

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Silas Scarborough

    You just can't write comedy like this! She's been batting her eyelashes at the cameras for all this time and now she's bent when a cheesecake shot turns up. Maybe one day she'll get it that she looks a whole lot better with her mouth closed.

    Tell me about fruitflies, baby! It excites me to hear idiots talk to me about science.

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. phil

    Welcome to the world Sarah...guess your not in Alaska any more...Maybe if you stopped your wild accusations like death squads etc...The world could stop having to deal with you as a wanna be celebrity and consider you as serious politician. If that's possible...

    November 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Eddie B.

    Palin is hilarious with the way she acts like an independent strong woman and is quick to call something sexist when it is convenient and then tries to act like a woman victim other times that is preyed upon. It is a photo you took for a cover of another magazine. How is the photo sexists?

    November 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Tony

    Great legs!

    They still publish Newsweek? I thought that rag went under.

    November 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Jim

    Did she pose for it? If she did, she sold it. There is always someone else to blame in Sarah's world. She is such a phoney dishonest whiner and dumb as a brick.

    November 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Sandy in Racine WI

    Sarah's lookin pretty hot on the cover of Newsweek. I thought she'd be all over that, being the queen of vanity and all. Sarah, get over yourself and just go away.

    November 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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