ABC News' Matt Jaffe (@matthewbjaffe) reports:
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, disagrees with Rep. Michele Bachmann's policies, but O'Neill told ABC News today that she believes Newsweek's portrayal of Bachmann in this week's issue is "sexist."
"I think it's sexist. She is a serious contender for the presidency of the United States," O'Neill said in a phone interview from Washington, DC. "I don't see a single serious male contender who has ever been portrayed on Newsweek or a similar type of magazine in that fashion."
"It's the combination of they snap the photo of her with her eyes very wide – people call it 'crazy eyed' – plus that huge label they slap on her as the Queen of Rage," O'Neill continued. "Her policy positions are diametrically opposed to NOW's positions and I intend to defeat her. That's my job. But no male politician is treated this way. As much as I disagree with everything she stands for, she is a serious viable candidate for the United States presidency and there is no male viable candidate who has ever been treated this way."
"What you're talking about is sending a message to good women everywhere who would be wonderful presidents that they better not to step out of line, that they better not try to be leaders in the political sphere because they will be shamed – and that's what this cover does."