Newsweek Sexist Sarah Palin Cover?

by the Left Coast Rebel

My head is full of cotton with my personal news recently but I wanted to hit the political circuit and fill you in on what has happened in the last 24 hours sinced I bowed out. I can sum it up simply - a lot. It seems that the chatter and a-twitter is focused mainly on Sarah Palin. The headliner at Memeorandum is her Newsweek cover,(above). She claims that is it sexist, on her Facebook page:

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

My two cents on this is not that it merely represents the inherent sexism portrayed in the press towards conservative women but more importantly it shows the prejudice that center-right females in the spotlight are somehow loopy, ditzy and stupid. The cover, taken away from the athletic Runner's World context shows her in a dummy-Barbie type light. And of course this is not surprising for the rag Newsweek. When I recieved the 'news' periodical at my doorstep each week, I found it to be laughably amateurish and far-left of center. It was nearly like reading a magazine-form of MSNBC. The funny thing is that my wife and I read an article in Newsweek as well, well over 2 years ago, on Sarah Palin. Coming away from it, Mrs. LCR could see why I always railed against the press-bias. It was so obvious to her and she was a political novice.

For the fact that I have been out of the loop for a little less than 24 hours here, (which is an eternity for today's news cycle), I can say that I'm tired of it already. Even if the Newsweek cover were sexist - which it is as described above, Sarah should just take it. Remember how Reagan would always talk over the press? He wouldn't cry foul at every injustice in the press against him. It's like dealing with trolls as a blogger, right? He was smarter than that. For what it's worth as well, I voted #2 on Althouse's poll on this topic. How about you?


  1. That cover picture beats the entire year of Obama and Gore covers that shameful magazine has shoved down our throats this year. I hate how Newsweek calls Al Gore the Thinking Man's Thinking Man and then calls Palin bad for me. Gore doesn't think for me, so he isn't a thinking man for this thinking man, and Palin is a breath of fresh air. It's no wonder their readership is down.

  2. I agree that Palin should just take it. And I make no reference to her qualifications, or lack of here. But it seems to me that she didn't play it very smart.

    A person aspiring to high political office needs to, at least in this conservatives mind, set the bar a bit above the fray if you will.

    I like you also voted number 2 in the Althouse poll.


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