Leggy Palin Pic Is Gender Neutral: Newsweek

Nothing sexist about leggy cover, says editor
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2009 3:19 AM CST
This is how Newseek played Joe Biden on its cover.   (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK)
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(Newser) – A Newsweek cover of Sarah Palin in running shorts showing lots of leg met a "gender neutral" standard despite Palin's complaints of sexism, said the magazine's editor. "We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme," Jon Meacham said in a statement provided to Huffington Post. "That is a gender-neutral standard." The story inside dealt with with the many problems Palin poses to the Republican Party.

Palin blasted the photo on her Facebook page earlier this week as "out-of-context," and called the Newsweek approach "sexist and oh-so-expected." The same photo ran in an issue of Runner's World, but Palin said the shot was an appropriate illustration of that story about health and fitness.