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Sarah Palin calls Newsweek Magazine cover photo of her in running gear sexist

Posted Nov 18 2009 10:00pm

It wasn' t all that long ago that Sarah Palin was proud to call herself a marathon runner, and in fact posed for a number of photos for Runner' s World Magazine in her running gear.

One of those images has now turned up on the cover of Newsweek Magazine just as the former Alaskan Governor is going out on her new book tour.

The outraged Palin posted a brief but critical message 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 "

Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham responded to Palin by saying:

" We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do,” Meacham said. "We apply the same test to photographs of any public figure, male or female: does the image convey what we are saying? That is a gender-neutral standard."

You can view all of the Sarah Palin Runner' s World Photos HERE.

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