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It’s all Palin material out there, friends, sorry. Thousands of available Caribou Barbie blog items, swirling in the RSS feeds, looking for capture. This one: is the Newsweek cover here super sexist, as Sarah Palin claims it to be? Kind of, yes! It’s odd for Newsweek to just steal the leggiest insert photo from an old issue of Runner’s World and slap it on their cover. It doesn’t really “fit.” Eh, Newsweek just wants outraged links, we suppose. Sorry.

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  • Hedley Lamar

    I’d tap the lower half.

  • Suds McKenzie

    That was quick.

  • Buzz Feedback

    Get it on. Got to get it on.

  • thefrontpage

    Am I the only one who doesn’t find Palin attractive on any level, and actually find her…unattractive? Yech! If anything, this Newsweek cover’s offensive because Palin’s just so unattractive to look at. Does her rampant stupidity make her more unattractive to people, or what?

  • thehelveticascenario

    She’s definitely an alignment tool of some sort.

  • Tundra Grifter

    Why aren’t any of the right wing gasbags upset over using the American flag as a photo prop?

    It’s just tossed over the back of the chair like a daytime Snuggie.

    And why did The Gov’nor agree to pose with The Flag so inappropriately used?

    And where the hell is her flag lapel pin? Huh?

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    sry sarah, ya just can’t outslut ricky hollywood. but u can try

  • Tundra Grifter

    [re=460920]Hedley Lamar[/re]: Is that the Lower 38? Stockings with short-shorts – it just doesn’t get more MidWest than that!

  • Suds McKenzie

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: yeah, no, would totally hit that.

  • MLHencken

    Now begins the great time of Republifappery. It will set in motion a massive earthquake.

    What’s up with the stockings, Sarah? Do you wear those while running (away from Levi)?

  • trondant

    Jim, your alignment tool is showing.

  • frumious_bandersnatch

    How can it be that My Wonkette has not yet posted Levi’s washing-his-pit-hair/Donny-Osmond’s-stoner-brother pic? I WANT MAH WONKET BACK! I’M SCARED!!!

  • Colonel Mustard

    She’s sort of like the Levi Johnston of my generation.

  • Jim Newell

    [re=460936]trondant[/re]: Hahahaha, no, that’s on the Newsweek cover!

  • Prommie

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: Its the crazy, man, once you’ve had crazy, nothing else will do.

  • edgydrifter

    So what–the flag is some kind of gym towel now? Snow Quitter just casually tosses it over the back of a chair after she’s mopped her nethers with it? USA! USA! USA!

  • answerbird

    I would only hit it if she promised not to talk. Her voice is like nails on a blackboard.

  • hockeymom

    [re=460926]thehelveticascenario[/re]: she can also be arranged over other objects.

  • memzilla

    You could pretty much substitute any corporate logo for “Newsweek,” and the picture would define the word “shill.”

  • JMP

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: Back in the good old GILF days, when no-one else had heard of her, I found her mildly attractive, good looking for an old lady at least.

    But now, the stupid burns too much; once I find a woman’s a total moron, I can’t find her attractive, no matter what she looks like.

  • PrairiePossum

    When do we start the talent and swimsuit competitions?

  • Larry Fine

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: you not the only one. Go to Christopher Street, and you’ll find others who don’t find her attractive.

  • frumious_bandersnatch

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: Combined stupdity, vapidity, insipidity and toxicity. I never really thought that ‘insipid’ and ‘toxic’ went together before, but then I’d never witnessed the battery acid butterscotch cupcake that is that broad.

  • EarBucket

    Jesus Christ, how can she be mad about a sexist photo THAT SHE POSED FOR? It’s not like they photoshopped her head onto someone else’s body doing that stupid 1950’s flight attendant pose. SHE POSED FOR IT. IT WAS HER. POSING FOR THE PICTURE. ALSO.

  • Come here a minute

    The alignment tool stamp makes this the biggest Blingie FAIL ever.

  • undermedicated

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: So good to hear I’m not the only one. Before this I’d thought my libido and intellect were not connected, but she’s convinced me otherwise. Truly repulsive, that one.

    Am feeling a little of teh gay for Levi, tho.

  • Holy Cow!!


  • Come here a minute

    D’oh! Bring back the alignment tool!

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    For shame, Newsweek, for stone cold stealing the degrading front cover of another magazine to whom Sarah gave her express permission to publish, redistribute, and circulate as it and she saw fit. How could y’all continue to promote such an obviously sexist image that Sarah was totally okay with being published, redistributed, and widely circulated when she was first contacted by Runner’s World?

  • thefrontpage

    [re=460948]JMP[/re]: Thank you for those supportive, intelligent words.

  • CrunchyKnee

    She had better be careful of some TERRA-ist will go to Alaska and kidnap Sproket or Twiglette or one of those future wastes of tax payer monies that she “birthed.”

  • user-of-owls

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: You’d really have to ask Hans Robert Jauss about that.

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    [re=460953]frumious_bandersnatch[/re]: toxipidity: see Sarah Palin, ilk

  • chascates

    From Herself’s Facebook page:

    Yesterday at 7:59pm
    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

  • SayItWithWookies

    I guess they didn’t send out their own photographer because someone would’ve had to tell her that the article is about what a liability she is. And defining “liability” could’ve taken hours.

  • One Yield Regular

    I’d almost rather have one of those Newsweek “[insert historical question about] Jesus” covers they seem to put out every fifth issue.

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: I can assure you that you’re not alone.

  • Carl Spakler

    Sorry I’m too terrified because of the upcoming KSM trial that I am unable to snark…

    However, if I were able to…meh, needs more Prejean

  • Humpback

    I like the subhead. Not Sarah’s, Newsweek’s. “She’s bad news for the GOP.” So now even middle-of-the-road weekly news pamphlets recognize her toxicity.

  • fishskicanoe

    She’s the dumb box of rocks that posed for it. Why wasn’t it sexist of her to do the photo gig? Why doesn’t she take responsibility for her own actions? Oh,that’s right,she’s a conservative. Only other people have to be responsible for their actions… and for hers, too.

  • AxmxZ

    Oh yeah, she’s a bad bad girl… uh huh… *fap* *fap* *fap*

    Will the next Newsweek feature Barry doing a striptease? Please say yes.

  • engulfedinflames

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: I had this conversation with a guy (in his 60’s) last night . He thinks she’s hot, I have never found her to be anything but repulsive. He thinks it’s my ideology, I know it’s because I’ve had really bad experiences with insincere women who use whatever physical attraction they have to manipulate shallow dumb guys like me.

  • Crow T. Robot

    Hell…she didn’t even know that she was wearing that outfit–or that they’d take a picture.

    Who the hell could know something like that?

  • proudgrampa

    [re=460948]JMP[/re]: I’m like you in this respect. She is a somewhat attractive woman (nice legs, pleasant smile), but when she opens her mouth and tells you where she stands, she becomes instantly undesirable…

    I think we saw this in the campaign. To men, she was a MILF and they stopped listening when she started talking.

  • user-of-owls

    [re=460943]answerbird[/re]: [re=460932]Suds McKenzie[/re]: I’d hit the flag using Sears bra ads for inspiration before I waved my sword with a cubit of her.

  • JMP

    [re=460971]chascates[/re]: Once again, to Palin (and fans) “sexist” means anything said about Sarah that she doesn’t like. It definitely does not mean forcing rape victims pay for the investigations themselves, though.

  • PrairiePossum

    But it’s all the media’s fault. The media doesn’t like me. They ask me the hard questions about reading and the Bush doctrine. And it’s all the media’s fault because they don’t take me seriously. They put me on the cover in my shorty shorts. It’s the media’s fault because they don’t give my kids privacy when I tote them to political events and showcase them for the public. And the media keep sending me FOIA requests and asking questions about government ethics. The media should not expect so much of me when I travel around the country whorin’ my book to the media.

  • slappypaddy

    wake up, sheeple, this bimbo’s going to be our next president, which, coincidentally, will also make her the last president, as once she is elected this country will come apart at its regional seams in a civil war that will make yugoslavia look like a slap-fest between pampered schoolgirls.

    just joking. maybe.

    i’m going to go hang myself now and beat the rush.

  • Dangerous

    Sarah Palin is a very attractive woman whose other attributes render her undesirable on so many levels that her physical appearance doesn’t matter.

    Is there a politician better made for modern MSM? I think not. She no sense of hypocrisy or the truth and is ready to feed the 24/7 news cycle endlessly.

    I can only hope that her daughters can find some kind of stable personalities in spite of her example.

  • Mickey7

    It’s a tacky and unattractive cover in more ways than can be counted and Newsweek was stupid to use it. I suspect they just needed the boost in attention. As far as Sarah thinking it’s sexist, there is nothing more sexist than to assume you are entitled to important positions based only on your ability to wink and manipulate men (majority of Republican men find her qualified for president, a majority of Republican women do not). Being unwilling to work to earn your stripes is the most cynical sexism of all.

  • JSDC007

    She looks like Christo-fascist sex-vid Barbie, Carrie Prejean’s mom.

  • user-of-owls

    [re=460989]user-of-owls[/re]: “within” you stupid cunt. And no bra ads for you now. Here, take this AARP newsletter and good luck desecrating that flag.

  • problemwithcaring

    What is up with her hair? All synthetic extensions and Bump ITs(TM) and shit..Worse than Michelle’s crazy blowouts, pre-Iowa.

    I voted for Obama and therefore hate all women and couldn’t understand feminism even it empowered made me pay for my own rape kit: Could some patriot please explain exactly how it’s considered sexist when a magazine publishes a ridiculous or unflattering picture of you posing?

  • teebob2000

    [re=460920]Hedley Lamar[/re]: Then if nobody else called them yet, I’ll take the tits.

  • Click

    “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah?” Well, I’ll take a stab at it:

    1) Break the problem into parts.
    2) Isolate the radical.
    3) Drop a piano on her head.

  • eoberhauser

    [re=460937]frumious_bandersnatch[/re]: That picture makes me feel kinda funny

  • magic titty

    “I use mines fer jizzin’.”

    – Any Wingnut

  • slowuncle

    Shortly after Sarah’s big Coming Out party last year at the Repub convention, I inadvertently made a rightwing co-worker lose his woody when I told him she reminded me of Peg Hill. The look on his face was suddenly as if the porn I’d given him turned out to be starring his mom! Ever since then I’ve used the line to generally good effect; I think the true death knell to her ostensible sex appeal will be when she becomes the new Liza Minelli…for trannies!!

  • sati demise

    “I always wear panty hose with my running shorts.”

  • saggyboobedhag

    Did they photoshop her head to be out of proportion to her body?

  • Oldskool

    [re=460995]Dangerous[/re]: My head-shaking is morphing into pity. She rose to the level of her incompetence long ago.

  • Suds McKenzie

    [re=460999]user-of-owls[/re]: You are too hard on yourself, maybe a little stressed. Here, this will help:

  • chascates

    Ha! The Republican filibuster of Judge David Hamilton was defeated, 70 to 29. Eat shit, Sen. Jeff Sessions!

  • frumious_bandersnatch

    [re=461004]eoberhauser[/re]: It makes me kinda nostalgic for my drill team days and all the bouncy girls with muscular and succulent thighs climbing on me, but then I realize it’s SP and… gah. No.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=460971]chascates[/re]: “…it shows why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin.”

    My little black book is covered with the skin of a black woman. Don’t judge me!

    [re=461001]teebob2000[/re]: I call dibs on the ponytails.

    My Big Wheel needs new handlebar streamers.

  • Click

    I’ve actually been waiting all year for the Newshreek Dumb Cunt issue.

  • Paul Tardy

    I always thought Newsweek needed a swimsuit issue, so I approve.

  • get real

    Sarah Palin is, to put it very mildly, a stupid fucking cunt.

  • teebob2000

    [re=461024]Extemporanus[/re]: Ummmm… oh, sorry… you may not want it now…

  • scwrud

    I think I’ll hang this one right next to Levi’s Hockey Stick. What is it with this group? Do cameras make their pants fall off? Next, Todd without his waders?

  • MarSF

    This woman is trapped in 1985.

  • Don’t Mess with Joe

    Did you see the cover photo they used for my man Joey Biden? He looked like a million bucks. This cover is a bit unfair.

    Now that being said, she’s a walking tabloid and a narcissist. So, while Sarah may be feigning outrage about this cover, she actually loves it.

    Oh and what ‘get real’ said.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=461034]teebob2000[/re]: “Big Wheel” is the nickname I have for my “Smegway”, so if the pigtails aren’t in MIB condition, that’s still OK.

    I’m sure that the neighborhood kids will be having too much fun riding it up and down my driveway to really notice anyway.

  • Aurelio

    [re=460925]thefrontpage[/re]: “Am I the only one who doesn’t find Palin attractive on any level, and actually find her…unattractive?”

    No, there are other people who can’t separate their politics from their aesthetics. Just saying.

  • northernbassist

    Edited Facebook post:

    The choice of me as Vice Presidential candidate is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, John McCain has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. His staff’s vetting of me was nothing more than a one-page profile and did not even address my thumb typing skills, a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. The out-of-context McCain approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn’t judge a candidate by its cover, gender, or color of skin. John McCain will do anything to draw attention – even if out of context.

    – Sarah Palin


  • Aurelio

    [re=460943]answerbird[/re]: “I would only hit it if she promised not to talk.”
    A promise from Sarah Palin would not be enough. She would have to wear a ball gag.

  • rocktonsammy

    You just know that Rush, Sh-yawn, Kristol and Billo’s copies are already plastered with jizz.

  • coolcatdaddy

    Snowbillie with legs. Blech.

  • BlueStateLibtard

    You know, Sarah, you DID pose for this photo, and you DIDN’T have to wear hot pants. You could have worn sweat pants, and it wouldn’t have been such a big deal, would it have been? But then of course, you wouldn’t be able to cry and blame other people, which has obviously become the story of your life.

  • Aurelio

    [re=460957]EarBucket[/re]: “Jesus Christ, how can she be mad about a sexist photo THAT SHE POSED FOR?”
    Dear EarBucket,

    Sarah posed for that picture for Runners World. It’s a sports magazine, like the muscle ones the gays read. That makes it okay. Newsweek is an entirely different context. It is a serious organ of the bourgeois press. Posting her gams on the cover of this serious magazine encourages the idea that serious people should not take Sarah seriously, but should just look at her gams. That is sexist, sexist and sexist, too.

    Yours sincerely,

    Jesus Christ

  • Aurelio

    “You know, Sarah, you DID pose for this photo, and you DIDN’T have to wear hot pants. You could have worn sweat pants,…blah blah.”

    BSL: you cannot communicate with Sarah on this site. And even if you could, she would not be INNARRESTED in your dumb comments.


    Sarah Palin

  • TedTheLightBulbSalesman

    Oh dear, posing on the cover of that librul media piece of junk. Sell out.

  • aleks

    Ok, I’ve never thought she was good looking but those are nice.

  • Junior

    Your little streamlining pose doesn’t fool me, Mrs. Palin. You have cankles.

  • Snarkalicious

    The cover isn’t sexist, but the picture itself is replete with atavistic, patriarchal imagery. I can’t think of a single picture that represents better how horrible that woman is. If there is one, please don’t nremind me. My stomach may yet settle in time for breakfast.

  • Frumious Canbrasnatch

    [re=461017]saggyboobedhag[/re]: no, they photoshopped her bottom half skinnier. This is the custom of the magazine media when they are forced to deal with any super-grossly icky fat chick above a size 2. Her head & upper torso are in proportion with each other; the white bit on her top gives a false impression.

  • Mad Brahms

    Yep, sexist. I’d feel worse about it if Palin’s own idea of feminism wasn’t such a sop to patriarchy.

  • MarSF

    Stupid woman, stupid picture, stupid photo editor.

  • Mad Brahms

    [re=461109]MarSF[/re]: Best summary yet, in three simple clauses.

  • bitchincamaro

    That’s at least one issue of Newsweek whose pages have remained unstuck in my household. Just sayin.

  • sati demise

    [re=461108]Mad Brahms[/re]: oh snap!

  • problemwithcaring

    [re=461085]Aurelio[/re]: You can communicate with Sarah on this site. You just need to do it in picture form.

  • Gumboz1953

    [re=460979]AxmxZ[/re]: OH please! I’m still –er — salivating over that pic of Hopey in Hawaii in his shorts. W00T.

  • President Beeblebrox

    [re=460971]chascates[/re]: Here we go. Waah, I’m an oppressed Republican Christian!

    Still, I came.

  • Gumboz1953

    Hey Sarah — I understand Toy Story 3 might be casting.

    And WTF is up with the flag?

  • rocktonsammy

    It really is marketing brilliance, who was in charge?

    Levi’s PR firm?

  • Gumboz1953

    [re=460998]JSDC007[/re]: Robin Williams said it best. “Did Ronald Reagan have a kid with Posh Spice?”

  • speedo

    Sexytime! Pantyhose and shorts, cankles, and an American flag. I’m swooning.

  • Bearbloke

    [re=460933]MLHencken[/re]: So, how many times today have ReThuglican (hetero) males, and Karen Hughes, committed the unspeakable sin of “self-abuse” over Snowbilly’s cheesecake pix?… and how many have turned gay because of it?

  • Saint Ronald the Divine

    Well… That’s hotter than June Allyson in a day old Depends, no one does that fancy pagent walkin any better.

  • Bearbloke


    “You just know that Rush, Sh-yawn, Kristol and Billo’s copies are already plastered with other men’s jizz, mixed with their own saliva…”


  • MissEllie

    OK, so just for the sake of argument, let’s posit that some credible female politician — Hillary, say, or perhaps the deeply repressed Condie, or Christie Whitman, or even Liddy or Kay Baby — posed like this and…Oh. Right. Sorry. Carry on. Sorry, but I speak as a mid-forties chick who would also like to cling to my former hotness. Sadly, gravity is the law.

  • supremecourtjester

    I think Palin is auditioning for Mad Hatter of the Tea Party set. Here’s what the Newsweek cover should have looked like:

  • Junior

    Those aren’t pantyhose. They are John Boehner’s legs.

  • Click
  • Aurelio

    [re=461150]Saint Ronald the Divine[/re]: “Well… That’s hotter than June Allyson in a day old Depends….”

    Did that just come into your mind? Of its own accord? How do you get inspirations like that?


    The guys on here who want to part those knobby pink knees and slide up into that old lady Xtian flesh must be a lot drunker than me…

    I did not find Linda Carter hot when all my teenage friends wear shining their little poles to her 1977 poster and Sarah has that same plastic, thin-skinned, ‘fembot’ look.

    She just uses stupid men who think with their little poles…I can’t squint enough to block out the shallow woman inside. Any anyone that would fuck Todd, c’mon…


    She’s a fit tart, ain’t she?


    What’s she holding in her hand?

    Also: she’s pretty hot for a white trash grandma.

  • MzNicky

    [re=461210]NYNYNY[/re]: That’s what I was wondering. It looks like a little autoharp.

  • the problem child
  • LowerdPeninsula

    Newsweek digging up this photo for the cover is something beyond tacky, period. That said, for Sarah to complain about a picture that she took is something more than stupid. This is one of those situations where it’d be great for others to be angry, for her, and for her to shut the hell up about it.

    Sarah likes to think herself the most talented player in the game of American politics. Well, what she needs to do is accept that Newsweek beat her, this time. Don’t hate the player, Sarah; hate the game. Did Sarah just get dunked on? You betcha!

  • proudgrampa

    [re=461184]Aurelio[/re]: That was inspired, wasn’t it?

  • artpepper

    CNN Wolf Blitzer did a very good tweet on Sarah Palin and her gams — the fact that looking at them is sexist. Did you see it?

  • 31 and Invisible

    This is what happens when Newsweek fires it’s Photo Editors. They start using stock photography and don’t think longer than 30 seconds about the result.

    Last week it was reported in PDN that “Newsweek director of photography Simon Barnett, a nine-year veteran of the magazine, says he will leave his position after the end of the year. Three other Newsweek photo staffers—deputy director of photography Susanne Miklas, photo coordinator Leah Latella, and senior photo budget administrator Peter Schleissner—lost their jobs in layoffs this week.”

  • WhatTheHeck

    Photo shoot for Runners World.
    Bit tough running with a body shaper girdle thingy isn’t it?

  • El Pinche

    I guess now my erection is sexist. Great.

  • cashaholic

    [re=461015]sati demise[/re]: So do I; definitely.

  • mollymcguire

    [re=460933]MLHencken[/re]: She’s not wearing stockings. She uses that same spray-on Orange shit that John Boner uses on his head.

  • desertwind

    I suppose they’re tryin’ to say: Is she runnin’ or is she just posin’?

  • Big Liver

    [re=460970]AbstinenceOnly Ed[/re]:

  • What Fresh Hell is This?

    [re=461220]the problem child[/re]: I with you on that. The original Runners’ World photo had human, middle-aged saggy-baggy knees. These knees have had PhotoShop botox.

  • Jim89048

    [re=461220]the problem child[/re]: WTF–knee-cankles?

  • Senile Agitation

    Sarah Palin will do anything to draw attention – even if out of context.
    –The Media

    I wish the media would stop judging books by their gender and color, too. Pantone and chromosomes simply can’t indicate all the quality.

  • Sleeves

    [re=461210]NYNYNY[/re]: Gawker says she was “holding two Blackberries” to illustrate. Hitchens did the scribble.

  • Lilybart

    [re=460927]Tundra Grifter[/re]: She is Saint Sarah so whatever she does with or to the flag is ok.

    Does no one get the memos?

  • Sleeves

    [re=461414]Lilybart[/re]: I myself found that ordonnance feature almost unbelievable.

  • waterboard_cheney

    Now I understand why she was upset that they had used that picture…it is really about this statement on the cover of Newsweek: How do you solve a problem like Sarah? She’s bad news for the GOP…and for everybody else, too.

  • Click

    [re=461220]the problem child[/re]: Hey fuck you. These shapely middle-aged legs of mine could put that youthful skull of yours into a headlock that would make blood burst from your ears before you could even think of opening your mouth.

  • Sarah Palin (

    You like me, right now, you like me!


  • Bruno

    [re=460920]Hedley Lamar[/re]: Would you tap the lower 48? I’m not sure what that means, but I’m sure its somehow similar to a Cleveland Steamer