John on November 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm
You’ve probably already heard about the flap over Newsweek’s cover photo of Sarah Palin. The shot they used was not taken by Newsweek but by a running magazine for a profile earlier this year. You can see how this would work for a running magazine.
But it’s pretty obvious a photo of Sarah Palin in shorts and jogging shoes placed beside the subheading “She’s bad news for the GOP–and for everybody else, too” is designed to ridicule her. Message: She’s not to be taken seriously.
Newsweek editor Jon Meacham responded to the criticism, 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.”
Sure it is, Jon Evan. You might want to let Eleanor Clift know that’s your explanation. She wrote a post at Newsweek attempting to explain the reaction to the cover shot. According to Clift, Palin is a hero of mediocrity to mediocre white guys in flyover country, but she works out so, you know, that’s something. This is the kind of esteem in which the Newsweek regulars hold Palin.
Of course this is hardly Newsweek’s first foray into liberal hackdom. I caught one of their senior editors in an outright lie about tea party protesters here. Newsweek also seemed to have a coordinated roll in the White House’s war on Fox News. No one bothered to explain that though.
Even after all this, I’m willing to take Newsweek seriously if they show that they really are equal opportunity offenders. Here’s a cover I expect to see next week:
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