As Newsweek is put in the hot seat for their blatant sexism. I thought I might remind people who gave the cues for the tone on women opponents last election.

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I must say I was glad to see Palin making the point herself, when referring to Newsweek

“out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now.”

Although yesterday, reading a live blog of Oprah from “obsess much”-Sullivan, he noted that Oprah got Palin to admit that Obama defended her. From what?

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Back to Newsweek though: to think she didn’t even see their website last week, where they posted the internet doctored photo of her with a shotgun in flag bikini.

But that explains why, even Media Matters – which unfortunately used up its credibility by pandering to Obama, noted the sexism

There are a lot of legitimate reasons to criticize Sarah Palin, her new book, and her policies, but you don’t have to stoop to sexism to do it. Newsweek‘s November 23 issue, however, does just that by publishing on its cover a photo of Palin in short running shorts and a fitted top, leaning against the American flag.

They actually took the opportunity to finally note what was done to Hillary

With regard to Palin, Media Matters documented the sexist treatment both Palin and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received throughout the 2008 campaign.

And to make their point better….they reproduce the “legs” and “slutty schoolgirl” doll photos Newsweek published inside the article. Yeah, we get it.

The only person who doesn’t is Newsweek editor John Meecham who responds

“We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do. We apply the same test to photographs of any public figure, male or female: does the image convey what we are saying? That is a gender-neutral standard.”

“interesting” to whom? And what are they reallyΒ  saying that needs to be conveyed with this?

That they can’t look past the body parts?

Meanwhile, beyond Newsweek, pundits are still longing for that chick fight they’ve been denied in the primaries as Cinie notes.

illustration from hopeful NY Post back then – see NYT walking that one back