Major Newspapers Catch Flack For Not Featuring Hillary Clinton On Front Pages

July 27, 2016 10:32 am

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night when she became the first woman ever to lead a major party’s presidential ticket.

But national newspapers faced charges of sexism for forcing Clinton’s headline to share the spotlight with a photo of her husband, Bill Clinton, or the crowd, rather than a photo of the “change-maker” herself.

There was an obvious logistical reason that likely drove that editorial choice: Hillary Clinton didn’t appear in person last night in Philadelphia. And Bill Clinton won wide praise for a passionate telling of his wife’s life story, spotlighting her myriad achievements over a decades-long career of public service.

Hillary Clinton did appear by video late in the evening, but after the deadline had passed for many papers. A WSJ reporter pointed out that Hillary Clinton was pictured in the late edition.

Here’s the New York Times, which featured a photo of women supporting Hillary Clinton:

The Washington Post featured a photo of Bill Clinton:

USA Today ran with a photo of Hillary’s video appearance:

The Chicago Tribune ran with a pic of Bill with the headline “Clinton claims nomination,” but many pointed out that it looked like they were celebrating the “wrong Clinton.”

More than a few Twitter users weren’t happy with the front pages:

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