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Bachmann has unlikely ally in Newsweek debate

(RNN) - It's rare you'll find the National Organization for Women on the same side of an issue as a Tea Party candidate.

But NOW's president is calling a controversial cover of Newsweek, featuring a wide-eyed, seemingly caught off-guard Michele Bachmann, "sexist." The cover also brands Bachmann "The Queen of Rage."

"Casting her in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage' I think [it is]," NOW President Terry O'Neill said to The Daily Caller. "Gloria Steinem has a very simple test: If this were done to a man or would it ever be done to a man – has it ever been done to a man? Surely this has never been done to a man."

"Who has ever called a man ‘The King of Rage?'"

Newsweek tweeted the cover on Monday, hashtagging it #Bachmannia and #QueenOfRage and was met with a backlash of criticism.

"I don't support [Bachmann] for President, but this is journalistic malpractice," said one Twitter user.

Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, defended the cover.

"Michele Bachmann's intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now, and Newsweek's cover captures that," she said on her Twitter account.

Bachmann finds herself at odds with a lot of NOW's positions, including their pro-choice stance toward abortion. However, O'Neill says she's standing up for Bachmann because she wants women to run for office.

"Newsweek magazine – what they are saying of a woman who is a serious contender for President of the United States of America … They are basically casting her as a nut job," O'Neill said to The Daily Caller.

"Of course my job is to defeat Michele Bachmann and I intend to do so. But good women will not run for office if Newsweek magazine can do this to such a prominent politician and get away with it."

NOW representatives said they wouldn't be releasing a statement, but confirmed everything in The Daily Caller article is accurate.

It's not the first time Newsweek has found itself in the cross hairs of controversy over one of its covers.

In November 2009, Newsweek published a photo of Sarah Palin dressed in running shorts with the headline, "How do you solve a problem like Sarah?" 

Palin had originally posed for the photo for an issue of Runner's World magazine.

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