GLASS FRONT PAGES

To mark the first major party nomination of a woman, many US newspapers ran front-page photos of men

Obsession
2016
Obsession
2016

Looking at today’s US newspaper front pages, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s 1992. The morning after Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to be nominated by a major political party, it was her husband, former president Bill Clinton, whose image graced the front pages of several major newspapers.

The Chicago Tribune delivered the most obvious howler, positioning a thankful-looking Bill Clinton beneath the headline “Clinton claims nomination.”

Which Clinton?
Which Clinton? (Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune/Newseum)

The Washington Post doubled down on maleness, featuring photos of both Bill Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders.

The Washington Post
Neither of these men at the DNC are Hillary Clinton. (Courtesy of the Washington Post/Newseum)

The Houston Chronicle proclaimed that “Clinton had made history,” but the picture of a smiling Bill beneath the headline made it look like it was a reference to him running to be the country’s first First Husband.

The Houston Chronicle
Which Clinton made history Tuesday night? (Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle/Newseum)

The Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Seattle Times, among others, all featured Bill instead of Hillary:

The Sacramento Bee
(Courtesy of the Sacramento Bee/Newseum)
San Francisco Chronicle
And another… (Courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle/Newseum)
The Seattle Times
Bill Clinton was not formally nominated. (Courtesy of the Seattle Times/Newseum)

To be fair to the papers, Hillary Clinton wasn’t actually in the building during the nomination proceedings—she offered some remarks via satellite at the end of the evening.

And Bill Clinton was the headlining speaker, giving a passionate, personal speech about his wife—the “real” Hillary Clinton, he said, not the one portrayed in the media.

But some papers found a way around that logistical issue to feature the right Clinton on their front pages. The Boston Globe chose a photo of Hillary on a screen at the convention hall, alongside a shot of her husband. The Los Angeles Spanish-language paper La Opinion featured Hillary prominently, with a photo that wasn’t from the convention:

The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe managed to get Hillary on the front page (though it was paired with eight photos of Bill). (Courtesy of the Boston Globe/Newseum)
La Opinion
La Opinion knows their Clintons. (Courtesy of La Opinion/Newseum)

The Wall Street Journal apparently changed its mind overnight, switching from a photo of Bill to one of Hillary, and then changing the cover again, to a photo of Sanders.

We can only imagine what her self-appointed online anger translator might have to say about it.

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