Lindsay Beyerstein on the Sarah Palin Newsweek cover picture:
Newsweek used this photograph of Sarah Palin as this week's cover shot.
The headline reads, “How do you solve a problem like Sarah? She's bad news for the GOP–and for everybody else, too.”
It's a damned good question, and I couldn't think of a better image to make the point.
Palin posed for this picture as part of a photo essay captioned Governor Palin, The Runner, which ran in the August issue of Runner's World. When I saw this image in its original context, I was appalled that a sitting governor would pose for a shot like this; or this stretching shot that puts the visual center of gravity squarely on her crotch.
Maybe Palin didn't realize that the photographer, Brian Adams, was depicting her this way. If so, he totally fucked her over. But I think she was on board with the concept. If Palin had assailed Runner's World for making fun of her, I might now take her complaint about Newsweek seriously. She liked the Runner's World spread, though. She thought it was appropriate.