CNN.com: Palin slams ‘sexist’ Newsweek cover

From CNN.com: Palin slams ‘sexist’ Newsweek cover


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.”

I think this is the first time that I actually agree with something that Sarah Palin has to say.  I think it’s totally inappropriate to take photos that were intended for Runner’s World and use them out of context for the cover of Newsweek.  The picture is pretty standard fare for a running magazine, but used as the cover of Newsweek for a political story about the GOP, it becomes a “titillating” photo of Sarah Palin showing off her legs.  Used like this, the photo becomes demeaning and sexist, conveying a message that was not the intent of the photograph.

Quitting on your state during the worst recession in recent memory and avoiding all the hard decision governing requires for a money grabbing book tour is a serious issue, but this is not the way for Newsweek to comment on that.

Newsweek should definitely do better than this.

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