Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham told Yahoo! News that the photo choice was simply the “most interesting image available”:

“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.”

No, that’s not a gender-neutral standard. You work in news and don’t understand how hard it is for images of people to be gender-neutral?

Incidentally, looking forward to the dissertations on Palin’s use of Facebook.