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Newsweek’s Jon Meacham Just Doesn’t Get It

How about showing a little leg, Jon?

Newsweek editor John Meacham has released an “official statement” defending the Sarah Palin cover:

“We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do,” Meacham said. “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.”

And what is the “theme” of the cover? Is this what he means?

“How do you solve a problem like Sarah? She’s bad news for the GOP–and for everybody else too.”

Can someone find a Newsweek cover photo of male a politician in a skimpy running outfit? Jon Meacham just doesn’t get it if the thinks the decision to publish this cover was “gender-neutral.” Give me a break!

This is an open thread.

Sexism in the Media Open Thread

Conservative blogger David Brody complains about the sexist treatment of Sarah Palin in the media. The big news today is that Newsweek used the Runner’s World photo of Palin for their latest cover. I agree it’s disgusting that Newsweek chose to reuse this photo.

Where Brody has is wrong is when he claims that liberal women like Hillary Clinton get different treatment. The example he gives is this one from way back when Hillary was first lady. Maybe women get different treatment when they are in the role of wife and helpmate, but I saw some truly horrible photos of Hillary published during the 2008 campaign. Remember this one, for example?

I’ll give conservative men like Brody and Andrew Malcolm credit for one thing though–at least they’re” complaining about sexism in the media. Last year the “progressive” bloggers thought it was just great as long as it got Barack Obama elected. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the guy they supported has contempt for women.

Malcolm makes a pretty good point:

You know how sometimes a friend tells you how much he/she doesn’t real
…someone else. Really doesn’t! And repeats it a sufficient number of times that you become convinced of precisely the opposite?

In the psychology business, we call that “reaction formation.”

In psychoanalytic theory, reaction formation is a defensive process (defense mechanism) in which anxiety-producing or unacceptable emotions and impulses are mastered by exaggeration (hypertrophy) of the directly opposing tendency.

What are you reading this morning?