Sarah Palin called News-week’s use of a Runner’s World magazine photograph showing her posing in joggering gear on its cover this week “sexist and oh-so expected.”


The shot, taken when Palin was still Alaska’s governor, shows her wearing short running shorts and holding two Blackberry phones, with the American flag splayed on a chair next to her.


Newsweek editor Jon Meacham insisted yesterday that Palin’s claims were wrong.


“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 told the Huffington Post. “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.”