November 17th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin slams 'sexist' Newsweek cover

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Dr. Drew

    Well here's a sex question that I can't answer: how do you check a book to determine its gender? Anyone? A little help, please.

    November 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    i guess we might want to add some responsibility to the ninny who posed for

    November 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Big Daddy

    I understand dear Sara...We can't see your brain !!! Would you please
    give all the money that your are making to the poor and homeless !!
    Maybe you didn't hear God or Todd telling you just that !

    November 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Travis Cowsill


    Hate Sarah... But love the cheesecake.

    You go, dunderhead.

    November 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. mjm

    You gotta love the press. They take a photo from a running magazine and slap it on a "business" magazine....No attempt to discredit her here!

    Apparently they have no shame. Not to mention wrong. Palin has energized the GOP.

    They are also exposing themselves as bias. This would never happen if Palin was a democrat.

    Even the most liberal democrat would have to notice the disrespect this woman is getting.

    Liberals have re-established that glass ceiling we've all heard about.

    They claim to be for women's rights, as long as that woman is not a conservative republican.

    Just like they claim to be for minorities, as long as those minorities are not republican.

    I don't think the American people will be buying Newsweek.

    November 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. kathy

    All this numbskull cares about is making herself enough money off the public so she and her puppet husband don't have to work.
    Shame on all those ignorant people who buy this stupid book.
    What a loser she is.

    November 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. ttbala

    Oh poor Sarah, everybody is out to get her and she does not know why, she is such a nice and lovable person it is amazing why everybody is out to get me and my family,

    Grow up Sarah, and stop whining, if you can dish it out, then start accepting people standing up and telling it like it is, accept, I don't understand why anybody is bothering to even talk to this lady, who has a brain of a bird and a voice of a shrew and she thinks she is so smart, but she is so stupid that she does not even realize that people are making fun of her.

    November 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Corey

    Um, if you agree to take a picture for a photo shoot, you have complete input about what you wear, and the picture is shown, how can you call the picture sexist??? YOU AGREED TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED!!!!

    November 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. JammyDevil

    Err Honey. You didn't have any problem posing for this picture? So how does it become sexist?

    November 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Joanna in PA

    Here she goes again with the sexism stuff. Stop crying wolf sarah!! When it really is sexism, women will stand behind you even if we do not like you. Listen you lie almost everything you open your mouth. YOU treat people unfairly. You are childish.

    November 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Carol

    If she didn't want the photo to be taken out of context, she never should've posed for it. She's naiive to think the media is going to portray her exactly as she sees fit. She needs better advisers controlling her every move and insisting on good choices, in my opinion. Knowing Sarah, that's probably not possible.

    November 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Karina

    Americans need to stop bottom feeding on non issues.
    It makes you look shallow and dumb.
    You are in the midst of one of the worst financial and economic crisis , seeking long over due healthcare reform , fighting wars on two fronts and let us not forget the constant threat of terrorism.
    Yet , you give your media a free ride not to tackle the real issues but rather allow them to inundate you with petty , gossipy crap.

    November 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. proud dem in nc

    Is there any end to this woman's whining and complaining about the media. She likes the media when it suits her purpose, then she blasts them when it doesn't. If she hates the media so much, why was she on Oprah and the morning talk shows. Oh, that's right, she needs them for publicity to push her book, the "National Enquirer" in hardback. She is such a phony. She gave Obama a 4 out of 7 for job performance. This from an idiot.

    November 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Connie, Indiana

    First of all she posed for the photo, guess it wasn't "sexist" when she posed for it..If she would keep her mouth shut about the MSM, maybe just maybe, things would die down, but if they die down she doesn't have her face all over the place. She wants to be out there, but only on her terms..hypocrite.

    November 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Tom

    This is the only thing this Palin is qualified 😛

    November 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Laurie

    Leave our family alone!!!!!! Yet she poses for this picture knowing full well that it will be used. I noticed that Willow and Piper have been pulled out of school for the book tour. Propped on a couch to tell Barbara Walters that it would be "cool" for mommy to be President and that mommy is a good cook, and that she makes really good moose hot dogs with cheese." I tend to believe Levi when he says that she does not cook, that the children are in charge, and that her marriage is in trouble. Love the look in her eyes when asked about Levi's allegations and what he has on her. Kind of like a moose in the headlights. Lies grow so big you cannot keep them contained and that is what Ms. Palin is setting herself up for in the future because of her lust for publicity and money.

    November 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Arlene, Illinois

    Did she pose for that picture and how much money
    did she get? Or is that really Tina Fey.

    November 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. S.B.

    Sarah loves the publicity. Who does she think she's kidding?

    November 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Spocko

    If she thought it was sexist then why did she pose like that?

    November 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Jay T.

    Sex sells. Ask your son-in-law.

    November 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. ls

    First, i'll admit that i don't like Sarah Palin much, from what i've read/seen/believe – but i don't see why she's so upset.
    1. She posed for that picture; since she's always been somewhat public, she knew when she did it that it could end up anywhere.
    2. I actually like the picture and don't think it makes her look bad. hell, most of the nation, including myself needs more exercise, maybe more people would be encouraged to exercise seeing that she does.
    I dunno, i'm not very politically-minded i guess, i guess i'm missing how this is awful.

    November 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. No Incumbents 2010

    If the photo is "sexist" why did Sarah pose for it? Why did she choose to don short-shorts for the camera? Or perhaps her feigned outrage is only intended to focus media attention on her thunder thighs. Sarah is good at playing the media victim.

    November 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. JammyDevil

    The art director got this wrong. They should have had you in a halloween 'pregnant nun outfit' much more apt for the Newsweek title and in keeping with your family's morals.

    November 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. shannon

    agreed - the photo is inappropriate. some people may think she posed for the cover, rather than that is was swiped from another magazine.

    however, it is ironic that she is complaining about things being taken out of context. Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle “black!”

    November 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. chuck

    a book doesn't have a gender.

    November 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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