Sarah Palin: "Newsweek Cover Is Sexist"

Kim Conte

Sarah Palin has been all over the news this week—not only because of the release of her book, Going Rogue, and her Oprah interview, but also because of an unfortunate photo on the cover of Newsweek (click link to see photo).

The cover features a photo of Palin dressed in a running outfit and showing a lot of leg, leaning against the American flag. The title reads: “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah."

Guess what: Palin's calling it sexist...

Here's what Palin had to say about the photo, which was originally taken for a recent issue of Runner's World about health and fitness:

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. The Runner's World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness - a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. 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.

I agree that this photo is an unfortunate—and maybe even unfair—choice for a story that's supposed to be about Palin's politics. I think the magazine's approach was sloppy and sensational; fine, disagree with her politics and her book and her handling of the media, but using photos out of context to poke fun is a low blow.

But I'm not sure if I would definitively call it "sexist."

I'd love to know what you think about it.

Do you think the Newsweek cover of Sarah Palin is sexist?


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