When Newsweek featured Sarah Palin in running shorts on its cover back in 2009, she called the magazine "sexist." But, as Business Insider's Glynnis MacNicol noticed today, the former governor and vice presidential candidate seems to have a different opinion about the controversial 'crazy eyes' Newsweek cover featuring Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. When Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked Palin about the cover this morning, she responded that every candidate now gets vetted thoroughly (though it's not clear how an unflattering photo of Bachmann amounts to vetting):
There's going to be a lot of vetting and some will interpret that because a female candidate will be vetted the same as a man or even more so as being sexist. I don't know if I would characterize it as sexist. I would just characterize it as being the new normal.
Palin did add that she was "glad" the National Organization for Women--a group she says never supported her when she experienced attacks--came out and said that the Bachmann cover wasn't "fair." Here's the clip:
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What's also notable about the segment is that Megyn Kelly--who Jon Stewart has criticized for being a feminist when convenient--doesn't challenge Palin's remarks, even though she blasted the Bachmann Newsweek cover only days earlier. In the segment below, Kelly declares, "We've talked before on the program about how certain women politicians--it's not limited to conservative women, but you see that often--get deemed (and pardon the terms, folks) as either 'nuts or sluts' when they're running for office. And that there is a theme of sexism that comes out in particular against women candidates who are running."
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