Sarah Palin Newsweek Cover Photo Controversy (Unedited)

Well, well, sounds like Sarah Palin isn’t quite the show-stopping stunner some of you think she is. Apparently without makeup and the miracle of photoshop, the Alaska governor looks just like (GASP!) every other middle-aged woman from Small-Town America. And that’s a fact that has conservative Republicans very unhappy.

The right-wingers are boo-hooing over Newsweek editors’ decision to run a cover photo of the Republican Vice-Presidential hopeful that appear to have not been retouched.

“This cover is a clear slap in the face at Sarah Palin,” Andrea Tantaros, a Republican political and media commentator said of the unedited cover during Fox News’ America’s Newsroom. “Why? Because it’s unretouched. It highlights every imperfection that every human being has. We’re talking unwanted facial hair, pores, wrinkles.”

“This is a gross slap in the face to Sarah Palin after Newsweek has done so many favorable covers of Barack Obama that make him look presidential, that are clearly retouched. He looks flawless. This is a slap in the face and the biggest reason is because the cover [headline] says ‘She’s one of the folks,’ and in parenthesis says ‘and that’s the problem.'”

Newsweek attempted to defend itself in a press statement released late Wednesday. The magazine said the closeup photo of Palin was only meant to enhance her smile.

“Nigel Parry’s portrait of Governor Palin was shot and cropped so we could see clearly into her eye and be engaged by (have access to) her smile,” said Newsweek Director of Covers, Bruce Ramsay.

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