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It's come to my attention that the cheesecake element of Wizbang has been sorely lacking of late, so I figured I'd best weigh in on the Sarah Palin Newsweek cover controversy. And since I've heard a few complaints about my being too long-winded, I'll make certain that at least 3,000 words' worth of content are covered by 3 pictures.

Let's start off with the actual Newsweek cover:

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Great photo, extremely flattering, but definitely a bit on the cheesecake side -- unless, of course, she's posing for an athletic magazine of some sort. In which case, it's perfectly appropriate.

Which she was.

Now, Michelle Malkin believes that the most offensive photo in the Newsweek article is this one:

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Yeah, nothing quite says "we're not sexist!" like taking a doll of someone and dressing them as a slutty schoolgirl. And it was all just fun and games, good sport, when Spy Magazine took shots at Hillary Clinton like this and this. (Not quite eye-gougingly horrific, but up there.)

Yes, it's pretty atrocious of Newsweek to have done that. But I'll give the cover the credit for being worse, on two fronts.

First up, there's the douchebaggery of Newsweek in using the photo. Runner's World, who first published the photos of Palin in her running attire, had this to say:

EDITOR'S NOTE: On the cover of this week's issue of Newsweek is a photo that was shot for the August 2009 issue of Runner's World, in which Sarah Palin was featured on the monthly "I'm a Runner" back page. Runner's World did not provide Newsweek with the image. Instead, it was provided to Newsweek by the photographer's stock agency, without Runner's World's knowledge or permission.

But for the truly most offensive part, let's take a good look at that original photo:

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Say, what's that obscured by the writing down the left side of the Newsweek cover? What's blocked out by the "YOU?"

Look at that original.

It's Palin's "Blue Star Mother" flag.

The emblem she proudly hangs in her window to declare that she's the proud mother of a service member currently in Iraq or Afghanistan -- and at the time her eldest child, son Track, was in Iraq with the United States Army. Private Palin's unit was assigned to an area stretching from the suburbs of Baghdad to the Iranian border.

Newsweek couldn't do very much about the American flag Palin had draped over a chair -- she was resting an arm on it. And she was standing too close to the Blue Flag pennant to crop it out. They could have simply photoshopped it away entirely, but that would have been too obvious. So, instead, they covered it up with sneering text, obscuring the "U.S. ARMY" at the top, the blue star in the middle, and the "TRACK PALIN" at the bottom.

Keep that photo handy, Newsweak. The original -- not the one you graffiti'ed all up. Something tells me you're gonna be eating that one in the future.

Presuming, of course, you haven't gone as fiscally bankrupt by then as you have in every other aspect.


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Comments (41)

Chill out, Jay. Newsweek's... (Below threshold)
James H:

Chill out, Jay. Newsweek's not trying to obscure the Blue Star flag. That's just standard placement of a headline on a magazine front like this. It's a well-known photo, but I would ahve gone with a close-in mug or perhaps a shot from her interview with Katie Couric.

NewSpeak won't be around mu... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

NewSpeak won't be around much longer. The rag gets thinner and thinner......along with it's content.

They are firing spit balls ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

They are firing spit balls at a battleship.

Interesting metapher, Ragsh... (Below threshold)
James H:

Interesting metapher, Ragshaft, considering battleships have been outdated for half a century ...

I am willing to bet the edi... (Below threshold)

I am willing to bet the editor(s) at Newsweek didn't recognize the significance of the Blue Star flag, thus had no problem obscuring it.

As for Spy Magazine, I actually still have the first issue somewhere at home...

If she were a leftist, they... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

If she were a leftist, they would be crowing about having not seen anyone so glamorous since Jackie O.

Palin is the only real leader in the present field. She just strongly and unapologetically declared her support for profiling for terror suspects. I'm sure we'll all be hearing the gnashing of teeth soon. It is so refreshing to see someone put their beliefs out there with no obfuscation, lies, or spin.

Look at how the servile eli... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Look at how the servile elites have gone gaga over Michelle Obama's constantly bare arms.

Obama's arms v. Palin's legs = no contest.

"How Do You Solve a Prob... (Below threshold)

"How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah?"

Oh, that's easy. Just sink to the lowest common denominator by marginalizing her with words like "problem" and phrases like she's "bad news" in the subhead, print juvenile photos and discard any shred of journalistic objectivity in favor of helping out the Democratic party and liberal agenda of demonizing all people in the GOP.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Newsweek insinuated in the article that Palin was behind the Koran flushing incident.

New oxymoron: Newsweek journalist.

How do You solve a probl... (Below threshold)
914:

How do You solve a problem like Sarah?

Frankly, I dont see any problems? ha ha ha

I have to say, actually rea... (Below threshold)

I have to say, actually reading the cover everyone's been talking about (do they even realize how much they're promoting here even when they're attacking her?) after hearing about it for a while, I'm more than a little offended by their claim that a conservative ex-governor on a book tour is "bad news" for "everybody". I mean, with Kim ill-dong and AhmsobadIshouldbeindetention and Obama around, pegging her as "bad news" for "everybody" seems a little overbaked. When did Palin get the bomb?

I understand what they were... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

I understand what they were attempting with the picture but it just came off as her being fit to me. Non athlete type may have a different mentality.

What offended me were the words. It was clearly a bias agenda driven story. I have never seen them treat a Dem anywhere near this bad. Newsweek is two level below the National Enquirer as a valid news source.

I too, resent the coverage ... (Below threshold)

I too, resent the coverage of the "Blue Star Mother's Flag". But I want to offer a little editing advice:

"She's bad news for the GOP - and for everybody else, too status quo."

Sorry, the strike through o... (Below threshold)

Sorry, the strike through of "GOP- and for everybody else, too" showed correctly in the preview window but did not post as strike through. The correct read would then be:

"She's bad news for the status quo."

For a long time I did not u... (Below threshold)
Burt:

For a long time I did not understand the rabid hatred that many exhibited toward Sarah Palin. (think Andrew Sullivan/Lee Ward). But then, in the interview with Oprah, Sarah came out against hardbody boy prOn. All things made sense! It's a first amendment thing! These guys believe they have a constitutional right to see a photo of Tripp's daddy naked.

All you need to know about ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

All you need to know about so-called Newsweek is that the editor, Evan Thomas recently stated:

"In a way Obama is standing above the country, above the world. He's sort of GOD. He's going to bring all different sides together."

Knowing that, and other garbage uttered by Thomas, this Newsweek cover is not the bit least suprising.

As long as they continue along their absurdly partisan path, expect more reports of: "Newsweek's ad revenue in the third quarter was down 48 percent from last year."

Hey Falze #10, Palin is Da ... (Below threshold)
1903A3:

Hey Falze #10, Palin is Da Bomb dont cha know. :)

Hank, all you really need t... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Hank, all you really need to know about Newseek is that they had a recent cover story on Joe Biden with the title:

Why Joe Is No Joke. From Afghanistan to healthcare, a vice president to be reckoned with.

I guess to get revenue back up they infringed on Cracked's territory.

I don't think the hardcore ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I don't think the hardcore leftists who run Newsweek even know what a Blue Star flag IS, so I doubt they intentionally obscured it.

NW has been on a steady spiral down since the fresh-faced young leftist Jon Meacham came on board as Nat'l. Affairs editor in the '90s. He steered a center-left publication hard to the left, driving away life-long subscribers like my late father in the process.

From the link: "Newsweek lowered its rate base, the minimum circulation promised to advertisers, from 3.1 million to 2.6 million in early 2008, then to 1.9 million in July. It will go to 1.5 million in January."

Gee, they got rid of half their pesky readers in less than two years! Great job - and they are proud to have cut their monthly losses from over $ 4 million in the first half of the year to only $1.3 million last quarter, and see potential profitability by 2011!

Doubt it.

james H "Interesting m... (Below threshold)
Marc:

james H "Interesting metapher, Ragshaft, considering battleships have been outdated for half a century ... "

Even more interesting is your complete lack of U.S. Navel history.

The USS New Jersey was decommissioned for the last time on February 8,1991. Far from "outdated" she recieved three Campaign Stars for service off Beirut, Lebanon and service in the Persian Gulf, prior to Operation Desert Storm.

She was THE key part in the 1984 effort to protect U.S. interests and U.S. Marines who had landed in the war-torn Lebanon.

"Outdated" during Desert Storm in 1991? Not hardly as her 32 Tomahawk missiles made life for Saddam a living hell.

Q: "How do you solve a prob... (Below threshold)
JustRuss IT1(SW) USN [reitred]:

Q: "How do you solve a problem like Sarah?"
A: Clean up your act on both sides of the aisle. State what you really mean and run on your principles instead of catering to every side and having no clear morals yourself except for Power and Money. This unfortunately applies to GOP as well and DNC though to a greater degree on the left.

The shot is stunning when you consider her age and having children. She is a woman who should be looked up to.

She is indeed bad for the status quo on the left and the right. Good.

I will very likely vote for her if she runs, but I doubt she will run unless there is no true conservative candidate put forward. Her endorsement is worth more than anything else.

Regarding this picture:<br ... (Below threshold)
mag:

Regarding this picture:
I bet a lot of men wished their mates looked like her, and a lot women wished they looked like her...at her age and having five kids. The old green-eye monster thing.


Newsweek not worthy to line the bottom of a bird cage.

Perish yon petards from Leo... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Perish yon petards from Leotard's sight,
E'er publickly Palin and her Danskins alight
'Cross stock photo bin where glamour is slight
And Newsweek is needy indeedy.

Personally, I think Sarah P... (Below threshold)
Lisa:

Personally, I think Sarah Palin looks freaking fantastic!! Whatever the problem is here, let's not overlook the fact that she is in great shape AND hot AND smart AND a MOM!! I say GREAT!! (yes, I'm a woman)

Put Pelosi in the same outf... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Put Pelosi in the same outfit, and the camera lens would crack.

She's a lovely woman! The ... (Below threshold)
ac:

She's a lovely woman! The lefties are jealous that their "cover girls" include Hillary Clinton, Janet "Bruno" Napalitano and..er.."Boob Belts" Michelle. I'd lash out too.

Jim -I used to lik... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Jim -

I used to like Newsweek a couple of decades back. They were thick and informative and almost a good buy.

Now they're thin in both size and content - and the cover price is incredibly high considering what you don't get inside.

Scientific American ain't what it used to be, either. They used to have a lot of articles and information, now they tend to have maybe three main articles and a lot of parenthetical bits and pieces. Pop Sci and Popular Mechanics went from heavily text-based and information packed to heavily graphics-oriented, and now they're swinging back to a decent mix.

Maybe Newsweek will change their political orientation and start pushing NEWS again, but I doubt it...

Think I will write a letter... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

Think I will write a letter to Newsweek and tell them I was going to pay for a 3 year subscription until they attacked Sarah. But, after the unprovoked attack on Sarah, I changed my mind. Wouldn't it be a hoot if about 5 thousand people did the same thing? Get their hopes us, then smash the crap out of them! God, I am so darned mean! Go Sarah! That picture of Sarah reminds me of a saying I have when I see an attractive woman over 40 "Damn, I didn't look that good at 20!" How can anyone be jealous of someone who is just plain honest? Beats the heck out of me.
Madalyn

Turns out Runner's World di... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Turns out Runner's World didn't give Newsweek permission to use the picture.

Photos of Sarah Palin from RunnersWorld.com


On the cover of this week's issue of Newsweek is a photo that was shot exclusively for the August 2009 issue of Runner's World, in which Sarah Palin was featured on the monthly "I'm a Runner" back page. The photos from that shoot are still under a one-year embargo, and Runner's World did not provide Newsweek with its cover image. It was provided to Newsweek by the photographer's stock agency, without Runner's World's knowledge or permission.
Whoopsie. I wonder how much Newsweek is going to end up paying in legal fees by the time it's all said and done?

JLaw:I'd lay fault... (Below threshold)
James H:

JLaw:

I'd lay fault with the photog and his agency, not with Newsweek.

Chill out, Jay. Newsweek... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Chill out, Jay. Newsweek's not trying to obscure the Blue Star flag. That's just standard placement of a headline on a magazine front like this.

As someone who has worked in advertising creative departments for close to 20 years, I can say this with confidence: Bullshit.

There are multiple ways for that headlines to be positioned while reducing the font size. Oh, and as far as headlines go, it's needlessly long and could have been shortened without much effort. Then again, effort--especially from a journalism standpoint--isn't one of Newsweek's better characteristics.

And while the placement of said crappy headlines may not have been malicious in its intent it was utterly thoughtless and boneheaded.

"She's a lovely woman! The ... (Below threshold)
914:

"She's a lovely woman! The lefties are jealous that their "cover girls" include Hillary Clinton, Janet "Bruno" Napalitano and..er.."Boob Belts" Michelle. I'd lash out too."

Lash out? I'd turn into a monk if liberal butches were all I had to ponder at .

Jay, you beat me to running... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Jay, you beat me to running my take on this cover over at Wizbang Pop. But I wanted to take time to read this NEWSWEEK issue over before presenting my impressions.

The cover reminds me of one of those strange ROLLING STONE magazine type covers where some celebrity strikes a strange, but memorable pose for the cover.

NEWSWEEK seems to be struggling for a new identity as well as readers, as it has many opinion opt pieces, as well as this strange taste in cover art. It's far from the NEWSWEEK of old.

Far more important than the cover is some of the feature on Palin inside. The feature is correct that she's unelectable and might just be the weakest possible opponent for Mr. Obama in 2012. Will the GOP "Barry Goldwater" themselves in 2012 with Palin? Palin has a populist cult appeal among some voters, but that's hardly enough to win an election. Still she's a fascinating entity. Short on real substance, yet an entertaining sort of trainwreck personality.

Interesting point, Paul, ab... (Below threshold)

Interesting point, Paul, about the Rolling Stone cover comparison. Interesting, but utterly irrelevant -- the photo was part of a series of photos Palin posed for not for Newsweek, but Runner's World -- which makes them utterly relevant and germane and appropriate, not "odd" or "artistic" or "creative" in the least.

There are gigabytes of photos of Palin floating around. Why would Newsweek pick, from among them, one of her in shorts and tights, and a Palin doll dressed as a slutty schoolgirl? Because they're trying to show she isn't to be taken seriously.

J.

Paul et al,Please ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Paul et al,

Please tell us again how John McCain is the only hope for the Republican party. We really need your help in picking the right candidate. I know you only have our success at heart. Thanks so much.

As someone who has... (Below threshold)
James H:
As someone who has worked in advertising creative departments for close to 20 years, I can say this with confidence: Bullshit.

As somebody who's worked in newspapers, I say hold your horses. At larger news organizations, headline writing and layout often fall to two different people, and one has to take the other's work and shoehorn it in..

But I may be slightly off in that analysis. On a closer look, it's fairly obvious the headline was written to conform to the available dead space in the photograph to the left of Palin herself, and especially to bump up against the edge of her right arm.

As far as healind placement, "standar position" means putting the headline to the left of the main photo. If I remember my layout theory correctly, the eye "scans" to the left before scanning to the right.

That said, I still don't like this particular magazine cover. While there's some value in using a memorable photo of Palin, I think that a "big head" photo of her with a short headline would be more effective.

Or, better yet, some sort of art that involves her book cover.

Peter:The... (Below threshold)
James H:

Peter:

There are multiple ways for that headlines to be positioned while reducing the font size. Oh, and as far as headlines go, it's needlessly long and could have been shortened without much effort. Then again, effort--especially from a journalism standpoint--isn't one of Newsweek's better characteristics.

Without commenting on Newsweek's journalism, I'll agree that the headline is needlessly long. Probably written as it is to fill the available dead space.

As for Newsweek's articles, I honestly can't comment ... because I haven't read anything from Newsweek in at least three or four years. I've occasionally hit Time because it comes up in search engines, but I have neither sougth out Newsweek nor had its articles come to my attention in quite a while.

Hello again Jay. NEWSWEEK, ... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Hello again Jay. NEWSWEEK, like most print publications is in the circulation dumpster right now. The Sarah Palin cover is at least an attention grabber for a struggling publication.

But, I suppose, even if someone at NEWSWEEK was trying to portray Palin as not very serious by the cover photo, that it probably does little real damage to Palin. She has a sort of irrational cult appeal following of fans who believe in her in the absence of any real substance right now anyway. These folks don't care if she doesn't understand history, economics or other vital principles. they believe in her as some sort of "leader" regardless, much in the way the two stupid stooges, Larry and Curly, looked up to Moe as their leader. Palin is like a sort of "Moe" for dumb voters. A smart stupid leader, for stupid people to believe and trust in. She replaces George Wallace, Huey Long and others as leader for dumb voters. Palin is a sort of short bus driver of sorts. A leader for poor reactionaries, nor regular voters like most other political candidates appeal to.

Further Palin's appeal is entirely built on myth, not reality. For example, Alaska required $1.84 in tax dollars from Washington under Palin as governor, for every $1 that Alaska residents paid in federal taxes. Never mind that Alaska was one of the most dependent welfare cases for Uncle Sam and taxpayers in every other U.S. state to support. According to the myth that Palin supporters want to believe, Palin is a "maverick" and "independent" from Washington.

In her book, Palin also offers up a mythical history of Ronald Reagan and a "quick fix" cure for the recession, falsely claiming that Reagan dealt with the early 80's recession by claiming he "showed us how to get out of one(a recession). If you want real jobs growth, cut capital gains taxes and slay the death tax once and for all". The only problem is that Reagan never ended the estate tax during his tenure. Further, capital gains taxes are at a lower rate now, then under Reagan. Further, that was a far less serious recession, only lasting 16 months. This is a serious global recession lasting at least 23 months so far. Yet, Palin supporters probably believe that only divine Sarah is smart enough to fix the economy. Also, never mind that income levels among Native American Eskimos and other groups in Alaska continue to decline as well. Many groups like this actually live on income levels worse than the 1970's for example. Yet, supporters of Palin think that only she knows how to fix the economy or provide jobs.

Certainly, the GOP has a large number of potentially attractive candidates who have the intelligence and skills necessary to be president. However, Sarah Palin is not among this group in my honest opinion. But she's still fun to watch and write about. I certainly don't hate Sarah Palin by any means. On the contrary, I find her very entertaining and amusing.

On the contrary, I find ... (Below threshold)

On the contrary, I find her very entertaining and amusing.

You forgot "intimidating".

Paul, that 1.84 per person ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Paul, that 1.84 per person figure includes all federal dollars sent to Alaska. Alaska with the largest amount of land and the smallest number of people per capita.
This includes defense spending, national parks, federal highway dollars, salaries for federal employies working in Alaska, etc. This only compares money coming from income tax as well. Not comparing the money coming from industry, like the oil and timber companies.

Your strawmen building must keep a few acres active just to ensure a steady supply of material...

If they wanted to say she w... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

If they wanted to say she was a menace/danger, they should have used one of the many hunting/gun pr0n photos of her...

Yet, Palin supporters pr... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Yet, Palin supporters probably believe that only divine Sarah is smart enough to fix the economy.

Not hardly. Any conservative can do it (notice I said 'conservative,' not 'Republican.') It's easy. You simply let people keep more of what they earn, and reward hard work and personal achievement rather than sloth and dependency. This is the philosophy in keeping with the founder's vision and espoused by all conservatives, Palin included -- namby-pamby Republicans-you-would-rather-see-run-for-president excluded.




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