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Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism


For all of you who live in a dream world and think the mainstream media isn't biased, get a load of the latest cover of Newsweek below:

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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?

By the way, where's the Newsweek headline that says, "Going Rogue and Going Places?" No instead we get Newsweek covers throughout the years like this one:

Conservative women are portrayed as nuts and dopey. Liberal women are heroes for the next generation.

Oy-vey. Someone get me a sedative.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 12:34 PM



Comments on this post

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Does anyone actually subscribe to this leftist rag? People magazine is better and more accurate than Newsdorks
Left by AverageJoe100 on Nov 16, 2009 6:48 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

You're kidding right? I mean, after all, she posed in that ridiculous outfit packaged with a blackberry and an American flag. If she didn't want to use her sex appeal to advance her career, why on earth did she agree to pose in that picture.

Look, I agree that sometimes the media is biased against women. As a woman, the best thing that one can do to combat that is to not give them fuel for the fire. Don't pose in short shorts. This is not brain surgery, it is common sense.

If you are an attractive woman (and Ms. Palin is attractive) then you know from approximately your 14th birthday that men and other women will disparage your intellect based upon your appearance. That is why women who want to be taken seriously don't dress provocatively before they go into the operating room, the courtroom, or the boardroom. If she wants to be taken seriously, she should act like she deserves to be taken seriously. This photo doesn't do it. And it's her own fault.
Left by chrisbo on Nov 16, 2009 7:39 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

I completely agree that this cover of Newsweek is appalling. They don't even try to hide their bias and disdain anymore. That's also why their subscriptions are eroding--who takes them seriously anymore? I cancelled mine after they had Obama on the cover for the zillionth time over a year ago. The only disagreement I have is that you think it's only conservative women. Despite this one cover of HRC, if you missed the horrific sexism against her during the primaries, you are biased as well. It was everywhere, and equally offensive. The privileged, predominantly male media elite reveal their covert misogyny regularly.
Left by fif on Nov 16, 2009 9:05 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Lets see.. "conservatives" who denied women the vote and want to keep women barefoot and pregnant,chained to the home post, suddenly appealing to liberals who pushed AGAINST the conservative bigots?! Now THAT's FUNNY !!!

And just how does the semi-educated "ignorant and proud of it" Sarah Palin, with an unwed mom teen daughter and with NO coherent policies or ideas.. how do you DARE annoint her a representative of all women??
Left by Gary W on Nov 16, 2009 10:37 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

This is a seriously flawed and polarized nation. God help us before things get out of hand.
Left by PeaceAtAllCosts on Nov 16, 2009 11:28 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

David, maybe it's because neither Mitt Romney nor Tim Pawlenty have ever posed in a sexy position? I do agree it was tasteless of Newsweek to do this, but Sarah Palin has resigned as governor and is now portraying herself simply as a conservative author. There is no foul here. You are overreaching.
Left by kATE on Nov 17, 2009 12:37 AM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Newsweek's total paid circulation, at present, is a pitifully anemic 66,000.

They are, in a word, irrelevant.
Left by kent18 on Nov 17, 2009 1:09 AM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Oh, get a grip David! You've really internalised the feminist critique of the 70s, haven't you? Well, newsflash, we're in a postfeminist age. The reason why Newsweek chose this photo is that (a) Palin has nice legs and is sexy, and (b) that sexiness is the very (and only) reason why she has made such national waves in the first place. That's the long and short of it. Both men (and women!) react differentially to Palin because of her beauty, and this is a biological fact that no amount of feminist critique will change. And that's my the second newsflash for you. So, photos like that have always increased circulation, do increase circulation today, and will increase circulation tomorrow. Final newsflash: there's nothing particularly wrong about that, because that's just how we (men and women) are like. Relax
Left by Robert K on Nov 17, 2009 7:10 AM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Nonsense. This is exactly how Ms. Palin wants to be portrayed. Remember all the winking at the tv camera during the debates? Face it. She would be a ‘nobody’ if she were not “sexy” attractive and she knows this very well. She plays it for all its worth. So, Newsweek did nothing wrong here, except playing into Palin’s hands, giving her audience what they want and what she wants them to have.
Left by Dabocrock on Nov 17, 2009 7:47 AM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

If it's biased and sexist, why did she pose for it?
Left by rightist on Nov 17, 2009 10:16 AM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

You're doing it wrong!
Left by anon on Nov 17, 2009 10:30 AM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Unfortunately, the women's groups will not do a thing to defend her. If they do not defend all women, not just the liberal one's, they will never again be taken seriously.
Left by bellagrazi on Nov 17, 2009 12:13 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

"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?" -----
I do not believe these men have any sexy pictures because they're serious politicians that wouldn't exploit themselves! That's why Newsweek is saying she's not good for the GOP! That is exactly Newsweek's point.
Left by katie_loves_life on Nov 17, 2009 3:42 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Not all conservative women are portrayed as nuts and dopey, but this particular one has sure established these as her hallmark traits.
Left by AMZ on Nov 17, 2009 6:30 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

While it is unfair and is indeed just as sexist as Gov. Palin has indicated -- it is also just as expected as spring showers. Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama get kids gloves for handling. However, Gov. Palin gets this horrible, scuffing treatment, and the field should be leveled and without bias. Not gonna happen, as the media (with the exception of Fox) has an agenda. Journalism 101 taught the media is supposed to be as blind as justice. Well, our justice ain't blind anymore either.

I suggest we simply treat Newsweek as the non-news rag it is -- laugh at it and move on. Those of us that recognize Gov. Palin as a smart, focused individual don't care, those that see her as a joke won't care what we think. The rest that have an open mind will learn about her over the next couple years.

The JeanAnne Garafolo's of the liberal crowd hate her for being smart, good-looking, and conservative. Nothing is going to change that. Nothing.
Left by jumpDOG on Nov 17, 2009 6:48 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Exactly what has she ever done to qualify as intelligent? I am unbiased since I am not from your country, but even a child could answer a question she could not. The woman could not answer the question: "What newspaper do you read?". Even with prompting to the effect of "Name an American Newspaper, any at all", she could not think of a paper published in her entire country. Nor could she offer an alternative like saying she only read magazines, or even an internet portal for news.
Seeing a foreign country over water does not give you foreign policy experience, no intelligent person, no matter how nervous or in what context would ever claim that. I can do nothing but conclude that she is NOT INTELLIGENT given the evidence.
When you then put her in Caribou Barbie short shorts posing for media, add ubiquitous winking while in a serious debate, and top it off with lack of commitment to a really good paying job flitting off quitting for no reason, the cover is a testimonial to an airhead
Left by solipsism on Nov 17, 2009 9:07 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Look...she didn't pose for this stupid rag...she was in a runners/workout magazine and they took that picture and used it!!! What do you think she should wear working out/running a turtle neck and clown pants-get over yourselves...and really listen to her for a change.
Left by Lisa on Nov 18, 2009 6:29 PM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

I wish the liberals of this country would give the same consideration for the rights of all the people of this country. I wish they would treat all peoples opinions with respect which they so demand.
Freedom of speech and advancement is for every American.
Also to say that Sarah Pailin was chosen to run for VP because of her Sex appeal is dumb; It is like saying that Obama got elected Because of his Race.
Left by HM<> on Nov 20, 2009 10:36 AM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

Chrisbo- you are the one who must be kidding. You are simply unaware of the context of the issue. You ask why Palin posed for the picture. She posed (last year) for a runner's magazine in appropiate (not RIDICULOUS) garb for running. Newsweek, instead of using a photo appropiate to an article dealing with someone who is a political force, decided to, instead, trivialize Palin by using that photo, an insult to her and to all women who look to be regarded as competent contenders in their field, and not merely objects unworthy of consideration-- objects of adornment.
Left by Tony S. on Nov 20, 2009 11:16 AM

# RE: Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism

I suggest a calender for the Senate, made by the Senate, to be sold on the streets, to raise money for our government.
Left by Carol on Nov 24, 2009 11:25 PM