Newsweek Continues Its Tradition Of Bizarro Sarah Palin Covers

If you happened by a newsstand this morning, you no doubt saw the new issue of Newsweek featuring Sarah Palin on the cover. In the pic, Sarah stands in a beauty queen pose wearing a red sweatshirt and short shorts, her legs shiny and her hair perfectly coifed. My first thought looking at it was: Could she have really posed for this? I mean, she did don the red sweatshirt on her book cover. But, nope. Mystery solved. The image came from the August issue of Runner’s World magazine, where she posed for several images in jogging gear—some with Trigg, some without—and gave such deep quotes as, “It doesn’t matter your background, your demographics, your race, your political affiliation, [running is] such a uniting, healthy, fun, awesome activity. It cracks me up going to some running event and seeing some dude who campaigned so hard against me, or a lady who’s been blogging some mean comments about me. But we’re all there together.”

Sarah, of course, is thoroughly nonplussed with the cover. It doesn’t help that the cover line reads, “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah Palin? She’s Bad News For The GOP—And For Everybody Else, Too.” Wonder what she would have said about that on “Oprah” yesterday. On Facebook, Sarah gave her take on the cover. “The choice of photo for the cover of this week’s Newsweek is unfortunate,” she wrote. “The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now.” For once, I have to agree with her.

And this, of course, is not nearly the first time Newsweek has run an unflattering Palin cover. Remember this gem from last year—Sarah in her hunting garb with a rifle slung over her shoulder? Eek. And then there was this extreme close-up, where the image is zoomed in so far that you can’t help but notice the bump on Sarah’s cheek. That cover line: “She’s One Of The Folks (And That’s The Problem).”

What do you think—is Newsweek justified in their Palin covers, or are they going overboard?