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Newsweak Uses Unauthorized Photo In Sexist Cover of Sarah Palin

You could expect no less from a magazine which has been caught in more fabricated stories than Dan Rather at a campside.

Here is the cover.

























The photo was taken by Sarah for Runner's World, yet Newsweak's motivation is evident.

 In approaching several supermarket chains in the South Florida area I asked them to remove the magazine or face media coverage of why they would carry such an obvious sexist and inappropriate photo.   Today I will be following up with Barnes and Noble who also carries the magazine.

Contact them here to ask them to remove the issue from newsstands.

Two supermarket chains have responded that they will definitely look into it, another has agreed to remove it.

T-Mobile is a sponser of Newsweak, contact them here to ask if they approve of such sexism.

 Palin has said that she did not authorize the photo and a call into Runner's World hasn't been returned as of yet. I will ask them to demand that Newsweak remove the offensive cover.

Contact Runners World here.


UPDATE: Sarah responds via Facebook:
"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 to draw attention - even if out of context. - Sarah Palin"

The backlash is growing, several local media outlets are looking into covering the controversy.

Meanwhile, David Brody hit's it on the head.

"You've got to hand it to the folks at Newsweek. They have accomplished being biased and sexist at the same time. Quite a feat. This cover has got to be a new low right? They don't use a photo of Palin on the campaign trail. No instead they take the sexy Runners World photo. Yes she posed for it but don't tell me they didn't purposely use that photo to make a point? I predict this cover will become a bigger story over the next 24-48 hours and let's face it. This isn't JUST about media bias. This cover should be insulting to women politicians. Where's the sexy photo of Mitt Romney? Why not a picture of Tim Pawlenty with an unbuttoned shirt relaxing on a couch in the Twin Cities?

Comments

Larry Sheldon said…
I like this analysis of the cover and its meaning: http://volokh.com/2009/11/14/newsweek-promotes-palin-for-president/
retire05 said…
Mac, while I support anyone who disagrees with Sarah Palin on policy, this is over the top. But where are the feminist groups? Where is NOW and all the other groups that demand a woman be judged on her ability and not her looks. They are painfully silent, and always have been.

The truth of the matter is that the feminist movement has never been about "equality". It has always been about two things; free love and abortion, and any woman do doesn't subcribe to those things is not going to be back by the feminist groups, ever.

Many women who bought into the whole "women's movement" thing in the 70's now know they were duped.

What surprises me is that Newsweek is even still in publication. Who the heck reads it anymore?

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