Palin Slams 'Sexist' Newsweek

Bloggers divided over Runner's World photo
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2009 2:04 PM CST
In the November 23 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, November 16): How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah? She’s Bad News for the GOP - And For Everybody Else Too.   (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin criticized Newsweek as “sexist” for using a photo from Runner’s World that shows her bare-legged in fitness gear for its cover. “The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now,” Palin wrote on Facebook. “When it comes to Sarah Palin, this 'news' magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant.” Other takes:

  • Newsweek has “accomplished being biased and sexist at the same time,” agrees David Brody for the Christian Broadcasting Network. “This cover should be insulting to women politicians. Where's the sexy photo of Mitt Romney?”

  • But male politicians do get their fair share of revealing coverage, counters Steven Taylor on Poliblogger. Remember all those Barack-in-the-surf shots? Newsweek’s cover is about “selling magazines, rather than some specific manifestation of bias.”
  • "Republicans, start calling out misogyny and sexism wherever you see it," urge enraged Palin supporters writing on Hillbuzz. And "Americans, please stop buying Newsweek."