In an exclusive interview with Media Matters, National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O'Neill called on The Washington Post to drop George Will after he trivialized sexual assault in a June 7th column. NOW's campaign follows a similar call to action from UltraViolet, which also asked the Post to fire Will, and a letter from four U.S. senators condemning the column.
Will doubled down on his remarks in a June 20th C-SPAN interview. While The Washington Post chose to stand by Will, telling Media Matters that the op-ed as "well within the bounds of legitimate debate," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch announced that it would replace Will after seeing "the reaction and intensity of the hurt" of his column's readers.
UltraViolet continued its campaign by running ads asking five newspapers -- the Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Orlando Sentinel, The Detroit News, and Richmond Times-Dispatch -- to drop Will. The ads, which appeared in website banners and on Facebook, highlighted a sexual assault survivor who first told her story to Media Matters.