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Newspapers put Bill—not Hillary—on front page after historic night for women

Old media is old—and people on new media aren't happy about it.


Lyz Lenz


Posted on Jul 27, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 9:38 am CDT

Yesterday was a historic day for America, marking the official nomination of the first female candidate for president by a major party.

“If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may be the first woman president, but one of you is next,” Hillary Clinton told supporters via video after clinching the nomination.

The moment was marked on social media by women posting pictures of themselves and their daughters near the television. Other people cried.

However, some newspapers chose to mark the moment by printing large pictures of Bill Clinton on their front pages.

But not all newspapers. The Wall Street Journal featured a picture of Bernie Sanders.

And then, at some point, switched its cover image to Bill, and then to Hillary after she appeared via video.

Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti told the Washingtonian that the reason behind the decision to put Clinton’s husband on the cover was because Clinton herself did not appear onstage last night, whereas Bill did, and there was “no good photo opportunity” of Hillary available. 

She was on a live video very late in the evening, making for a poor photograph. Bill Clinton’s speech was the big moment, and another big moment was when Bernie Sanders moved that she be given the nomination by acclamation. So we carried those two photographs.

And yet…

But don’t worry, this isn’t just old media’s fault.

Update 3:50pm CT, July 27: Includes new WSJ front-page images. 

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*First Published: Jul 27, 2016, 12:01 pm CDT