Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Is It Wrong to Recycle Images?

FORMER VICE PRESIDENTIAL candidate Sarah Palin is upset with Newsweek magazine for using an image of her in shorts on the cover of their magazine. It seems the image was originally taken for Runner's World magazine.

The editor of Newsweek responded to criticism by saying, "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."

Did Newsweek disrespect the former governor of Alaska? Or is Palin overreacting?

10 comments:

StefaniaMarsico said...

Sarah Palin has been on a rant all week talking to both Oprah and Barbra Walters about the double standard in America, and this is only going to add fuel to her fire. Isn’t it convenient that it convenient that this picture has come out the week she is doing her biggest press interviews about her book. Could this maybe be an extra piece of publicity? Lets face it, you would probably never find a picture of Obama in a muscle shirt on the front of TIME. This picture is just helping Sarah Palin prove her point.

Luis Crespo said...

There was a picture of Obama in his swimsuit on the cover of Washingtonian magazine. They photoshopped the picture; I can't remember where they got it. It's not Time, but still.

Don Hoegg said...

Typical Palin. She talks about standing up to "big government" and "the left-wing media" but she only ever plays the victim card. It's as if it isn't in anyway her fault that only 3 in 10 people view her favorably. She doesn't represent ideas, she represents a brand- that's what Newsweek was portraying

Mike McDermott said...

Palin is a "media whore" and knows it. I doubt she can be as upset about the photo as she claims. It's publicity, it's attention, it's selling books. If she doesn't realize that this mag combined with what she says on the air is generting massive consumer interest in her publication, then maybe she's as dim-witted as people say...

C.David Freitag said...

Nicely put Don.
I think it's business as usual for everyone. And whats wrong with sitting back and having a chuckle now and then while the sheep run around and buy her book and make her rich. The only people that are actually going to see her as any sort of victim are the people that already support her and always will. I say we enjoy her and the entire circus that plays out under the surface of Washington. Besides, her legs look nice, she should embrace her sexuality and be proud of her body. Some role-model she is.

Wafai.Dias said...

So she's angry about it being on one newspaper instead of the other, but what's the difference? They didn't disrespect her she probably took this picture in hopes of selling a lot of books just like Paris Hilton did with her sex tapes to promote her show.

Nadirah Wilds said...

I would have to say this is just a publicity stunt !!!!

Diana Cooper said...

I think the magazine should of asked for her permission before running the image on the cover. I don't think the image even fits with the magazine because when I first looked at her I thought it was for Runner's World magazine. At least the image isn't of her doing some outrageous stunt.

Leah Curran said...

I don't think this cover should be considered "disrespectful" of Newsweek, I just find it odd that this is the image they chose for their cover-- it's not thematic with Newsweek or the story whatsoever. Palin obviously posed for this photo with the intention of being featured in the Runner's World mag, not Newsweek. I can understand why she would be annoyed at this. It's not like it was a picture placed somewhere within the magazine, it was the actual cover. In agreement with Diana, Newsweek should have asked for her permission.

Anonymous said...

FELICIA TOPSALE SAYS............. I think Palin is definatley overreacting. She is a public figure and she will always be ridiculed by the press and the public. She looks great on the cover. She already posed for another magazine. On the cover of Runners World, it wasn't disrespectful. She gave the magazine permission. Newsweek shouldn't have to get her permission to use the photo though since it was already used for a different magazine.