So says Republican Media Consultant Andrea Tantaros, who – along with her colleagues – is up in arms about Newsweek‘s latest issue, featuring a close-up photo of Gov. Sarah Palin (pictured at right, click through for full-size).
Speaking on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, the Republican media team – not to mention the show’s host – cried foul, suggesting that Newsweek have done Palin a gross disservice by failing to airbrush her into a palatable cover girl. As Tantaros says:
“It highlights every imperfection – that every human being has – but we’re talking unwanted facial hair, pores, wrinkles…”
Tantaros then suggests that Newsweek‘s Obama covers have made him look “Presidential … flawless”.
(Briefly, to compare and contrast and provide some perspective, here’s a Newsweek John McCain cover, and a Barack Obama one. And, to even things up, here’s their Hillary Clinton effort, and Michelle Obama. You’ll agree there’s not a lot of airbrushing going on anywhere, and why would there be? It’s Newsweek!)
The host then barks:
“I mean, c’mon … Any respectable magazine should be doing a little retouching if you’re going to have the extreme close-up”
Fortunately Julia Piscitelli from American University’s Women & Politics Institute then offers some sage words (saying that Palin is clearly “beautiful” either way), before Tantaros cries out that the cover photo is “mortifying! … [Any] woman who sees this cover would be shocked and horrified“.
Really? Have we become so sucked into the airbrushed world that to see a woman unretouched is “horrifying”? As Piscitelli notes, Palin’s cover is the Newsweek ‘Women & Leadership’ issue, “which means that she’s one of the top women in leadership in the country” – what is more important here?
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