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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Your awesome Sarah Palin photos of the day: Newsweek cover photo

Newsweek has a Sarah Palin cover story this week. It's not a pleasant story about Sarah Palin--which immediately raises our hackles, since we think all stories about Palin should be pleasant stories about the wintry north, Palin's huntin' days, and which shotgun, in particular, she prefers, as well as her fishin' tales--instead, the story excoriates Palin for her lack of knowledge and political maturity.

Here's the shot they put on their cover:

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It's not the content of the story that's riling up the Republicans (although GOPpers and fans are furious that Jon Meacham, the author of the piece, thinks Palin is too dumb, too incurious, too inexperienced, etc. to be vice-president)--it's the fact that Newsweek decided against airbrushing Palin to remove some blemishes and wrinkles that has them screaming foul.

I'm not sure there's much to scream about. Palin looks really good, even without the customary airbrushing. To be sure, Obama gets some pretty lovely and kid-glove treatment at the hands of Newsweek, but the cover photo, as it is, looks great (I'll pop in to my local grocery store soon to see the magazine in its full size. Maybe there's a difference between what you see on your computer screen, and what you get with the actual magazine. But, somehow, I doubt it.)

UPDATE: Here's video of Fox News talking heads chatting it up about this "outrage":

This isn't the first time Newsweek has pulled a tricky one on Palin. In September, they ran with a cover photo of Sarah Palin carrying an awesome shotgun. What was curious about that cover photo wasn't that they managed to get a photographer to have Palin carry a shotgun, but that they used an old stock photo of Palin from 2002 for the cover. It's not customary for magazines like Newsweek not to get a current photo, and it's sort of unclassy for them to use some stock photo rather than get a photographer out to take the shot exclusively for them. Here's a comparison pic of the cover and the stock shot:

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UPDATE2: (Oct. 9) That Fox panelist doth protest too much methinks... Take a look at this video of Fox News Fox & Friends doing the opposite of failing to airbrush imperfections out, by airbrushing imperfections in to New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg and editor Steven Reddicliffe:

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"GOPpers and fans are furious that Jon Meacham, the author of the piece, thinks Palin is too dumb, too incurious, too inexperienced, etc. to be vice-president"

Except for the GOPers who have publicly said that she is too dumb, too incurious, too inexperienced, etc. But the GOPers who ARE furious mostly are not furious because they think this ISN'T true, but becausre they know it is.

Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-10-08 4:04:41 PM


FC said

"But the GOPers who ARE furious mostly are not furious because they think this ISN'T true, but becausre they know it is."

Please back this up with, well, you know, FACTS!

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-10-08 5:50:13 PM


The woman is not only a lightweight in the intellectual department but also really looks like the typical 44-year-old mother of 5. It's interesting that both the photo and the article show that she's basically a myth, a Republican and media creation used to manipulate the least intelligent and uninformed Americans. Sorry, but most Americans already found out she's ordinary both inside and outside. It's time for Republicans to learn to deal with reality: the election was over after McCain picked Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Elsa | 2008-10-08 6:09:08 PM


Elsa

"The woman is not only a lightweight in the intellectual department but also really looks like the typical 44-year-old mother of 5."

What do looks have to do with someone's intellectual, political, or other skills?

What does a typical 44-year-old mother of 5 look like and why do you feel it relevant to comment on such in a political discussion?

"It's interesting that both the photo and the article show that she's basically a myth, a Republican and media creation used to manipulate the least intelligent and uninformed Americans."

Facts please.

Why do you assume that even if she were a "creation" that it was for the least intelligent and uninformed Americans? Perhaps your negative stereotypes preclude the possibility of seeing any redeeming value in her. Perhaps others of considerable intelligence see a value in her skillset that you, someone of possibly lesser intelligence, are unable to see.

"It's time for Republicans to learn to deal with reality: the election was over after McCain picked Sarah Palin."

Well, why bother with the November election then? Elsa the seer sees all, foretells all, knows all.

Please leave your donation in pot beside the crystal ball. Any lost children or unsolved murders you'd care to resolve for us?


Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-10-08 6:29:06 PM


Personally, I'm glad that Bimbos Outraged On Behalf of Palin (aka BOOB OPS) brought this vital issue to the attention of the American public. First, it was "lipstick on a pig". Then, the unflattering photos of John McCain that did NOT appear on the cover of The Atlantic. And now this, this...travesty. Surely it is time for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing political candidates their god-given right to a proper airbrushing when they appear in the media.
What was it that Patrick Henry said, "Give me
Photo-ops or Give me Death"!

Posted by: truewest | 2008-10-08 9:10:56 PM


Come on guys, have a heart. Don't blame poor ol shotgun totin Sarah. The GOP is just trying to put a nice down to earth, mom like, smile in front of its statist/globalist motives and Paris Hilton was busy. So Sarah just happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right smile. Its all pretty much a joke any more any way.

Posted by: JC | 2008-10-08 10:40:09 PM


So let's, for a moment, presume that the Palin we see really is a myth -- for the sake of argument. At least the Republicans have finally created one to counteract the media and Democratic-created myth of Barack Obama. And, hey, at least her sillouette doesn't look uncomfortably similar to our current president's.

Posted by: Elizabeth | 2008-10-09 12:40:25 AM


There's nothing wrong with Governor Palin's appearance. It's the photographer who needs some freshening up of his/her skills. People want to see a face, not half of a face. Was s/he trying to get a closeup of the earring?

Posted by: Dena | 2008-10-09 5:46:17 AM


Hey h2o273kk9

Feeling a little defensive, aren't you?
Your posts demand - in that sort of smug, snark Palineque way - that others supply facts. Where are yours? Again, I know this must be a challenge for you - because, like Ms. Palin, you likely don't seek out news sources - but the facts are out there and the onus is, in fact, on you to find them and disabuse yourself from your ridiculous belief that this woman is the least bit capable.

Posted by: Barkley Jones | 2008-10-09 10:06:17 AM


Hey h2o273kk9

Feeling a little defensive, aren't you?
Your posts demand - in that sort of smug, snark Palineque way - that others supply facts. Where are yours? Again, I know this must be a challenge for you - because, like Ms. Palin, you likely don't seek out news sources - but the facts are out there and the onus is, in fact, on you to find them and disabuse yourself from your ridiculous belief that this woman is the least bit capable.

Posted by: Barkley Jones | 2008-10-09 10:06:42 AM


I don't care if her picture is flawed or she doesn't look perfect, or that Newsweek won't do for her what they do for stars and Osama Bin Laden, I mean Barrack Hussein Obama. They're a liberal news source and you can't expect anything better of them ever. Sorry folks, I call em' like I see em!

Posted by: Kristi | 2008-10-09 1:21:15 PM


It's remarks like Kristi's above that ups the ante on outrage. If someone likened McCain to Hitler (or even Herbert Hoover) it would likely piss her off just like her comments about Obama and purposefully attaching his name with Bin Laden get my dander up. She's one unhappy fascist.

The pix of Palin is fine. I probably wouldn't kick her out of bed unless she started talking...

Posted by: Jim | 2008-10-09 5:00:46 PM


Barkely

"Feeling a little defensive, aren't you?"

I don't recall defending anyone, so no.

"Your posts demand - in that sort of smug, snark Palineque way - that others supply facts. Where are yours? "

Asking questions is smug? I always thought making assertions you can't back up was smug...like Elsa...and now you.

"Again, I know this must be a challenge for you "

I', up for it. Let's roll.

"- because, like Ms. Palin, you likely don't seek out news sources - "

Sounds smug. How do you know I don't seek out news sources. Are you stalking me?

"but the facts are out there and the onus is, in fact, on you to find them and disabuse yourself from your ridiculous belief that this woman is the least bit capable. "

Where did I ever express any opinion for or against Palin being capable. I merely challenged Elsa's character assination based on Palin's looks...and as any smug person will tell you...you can't judge a book by a cover...or by one blog post.

Back to square one for you.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-10-09 5:36:46 PM


Apparently, Fox / GOP are not as afraid of their supporters reading as they are of them looking at pictures and realizing that Palin's skin isn't peaches and cream perfect.

Posted by: sp | 2008-10-09 7:49:58 PM


How can people possibly think that Sarah Palin is more prepared to be Vice President (or even President) over Joe Biden?

Just because she's new and different doesn't mean she will fix any of America's problems, and I'm convinced that the people who do feel she's prepared to be president are either mindless soldiers of the GOP, or simply uneducated.

A certain candidate in the 2000 presidential election came in as a relatively new face to the American mainstream with a noticeable accent and a certain innocent charm that won over a lot of people. 8 years later, the same party can't distance themselves from him enough.

If elections were publicized through radio and newspaper, like they used to be, and people were forced to listen to the CONTENT of the arguments, I have a feeling Sarah Palin would have been tossed from the ticket long, long ago.

Posted by: Alex | 2008-10-09 7:57:33 PM


Alex,

"Just because she's new and different doesn't mean she will fix any of America's problems, and I'm convinced that the people who do feel she's prepared to be president are either mindless soldiers of the GOP, or simply uneducated."

Re: Obama.
"Just because he's new and different doesn't mean he will fix any of America's problems, and I'm convinced that the people who do feel he's prepared to be president are either mindless soldiers of the Left or simply uneducated."

I just love how empty rhetoric tastes like vanilla...or if you prefer, chocolate.


Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-10-09 8:29:13 PM


Waterboy :

The opposite of GOP is actually "Democratic Party". The opposite of the Left is actually "the Right".
There are probably a many Republicans who are centrist enough not to be accurately labeled "rightist". I also know there are many Democrats who are centrist enough not to be accurately labeled "leftist". You either ignore or are ignorant of significant political realities in the USA. Please also realize that the terms "right wing" and "conservative" are not interchangeable, and neither are the terms "left wing" and "liberal" interchangeable. People in our country are not either "vanilla" or "chocolate" None are truly "white", many are actually "off-white", and some are more reddish than yellowish, if you are talking about skin color, while its probably true that very few are actually "black". You over-simply the very complex nature of American politics as much as you over-simplify the very complex ethnic structure of our great land. One thing is true : h20 is water, and hence I hope you don't mind I call you "waterboy" since your otherwise hieroglyphic moniker is a bit much even for a language fanatic such as I. "Krontjong", on the other hand, is actually a word. It means "little Indonesian boy". I was born in Indonesia from Dutch Calvinist colonial parents after WWII. Maybe that is why I identify so easily with with Senator Obama on a personal level. I literally know where he is coming from.

Posted by: Krontjong | 2008-10-09 9:25:43 PM



h2o273kk9 said:
Please back this up with, well, you know, FACTS!

Facts just confuse you conservative types, you know that.
As we all know, nothing worse in this world than a confused conservative. Proof? Check out the McSame campaign.

Posted by: biscuitboy | 2008-10-09 9:53:39 PM


God help us if old Mr Crankypants and the clueless wonder, Ms Mooseburger, end up giving us a third Bush term.

Posted by: An American | 2008-10-09 9:57:35 PM


Obviously this bimbo will be a real hero in bed than as VP....no wonder she keeps popping kids like green rabbits. I dont blame Todd. Yeah I admit, she is beautiful, I wont deny her that...what I will also not deny is that she is not fit to be VP, and worse still be in very good position to be our next president in case of the very high possibility of McShame not completing even the first term in office. What a VP pick !!!

Posted by: Lionel Kravitz | 2008-10-09 10:47:30 PM


She Bush Smash!!

She Bush Lie!

She Bush Attack!

She Bush Yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Same as it ever was; different skin, same old rethug talking points. If you look closely you can actually see Rove's arm protruding out her back.

Posted by: Mark | 2008-10-10 1:43:11 AM



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