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Hillary Makes History, But Her Husband Is the Front-Page Story 

Hillary Makes History, But Her Husband Is the Front-Page Story 

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Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night, but some newspapers would lead you to believe it was Bill Clinton's historic moment, not hers.


Hillary Clinton shattered glass -- virtually, from a massive screen at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center -- on the convention floor Tuesday night after clinching the Democratic Party's nomination for president.

But readers of major newspapers nationwide would be forgiven for thinking it was her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who deserved the recognition for making history.

Kelsey McKinney, a Fusion reporter, was the first to point out that several newspapers included photos of the former president under headlines lauding the former senator and secretary of State's historic victory.

The Houston Chronicle's front page read, "With Nomination, Clinton Makes History," while the Chicago Tribune headline was, "Clinton Claims Nomination." But readers were greeted with front-page photos of Bill Clinton underneath those headlines that touted his wife's accomplishment.

Countless front pages focused on the former president instead of the possible future president, notes the Newseum's website, which tracks the front pages of papers nationwide daily.

Some papers responded to criticism from Twitter users who questioned the editorial decision to exclude Hillary Clinton from the prime real estate of page A1.

The Seattle Times was one of those papers that featured Bill its front page, but then provided a statement of apology via Twitter. "We blew it," the paper acknowledged. "Focused too much on what was happening live @ DNC, folks praising her achievement. Should've shown Hillary."

Sometime between printing the early and late editions, The Wall Street Journal amended its front page with to include a picture of Hillary Clinton, noted one Twitter user.

Not every paper made the decision to feature the former president on the front-page. Several, such as The Orange County Register, the Chicago Sun Times, and The Dallas Morning News, featured Secretary Clinton. The New York Times did not feature Bill or Hillary, but it did include a photo of two women holding a sign that read "Girl Power."

Poynter, the nonprofit journalism education and advocacy organization, spoke to Gerald Seib, chief of The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau, who said he "had no clue of any kerfuffle." Kristine Coratti Kelly, a Washington Post spokeswoman, told Poynter that the paper chose to put Bill on the cover because "there was no good photo opportunity [for Hillary]."

"Secretary Clinton was on a live video very late in the evening, making for a poor photograph," Kelly told Poynter. "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 photoraphs," the spokeswoman told Poynter.

Hillary was not present onstage when she received the nomination, but she did provide a message via video that was broadcast during the convention. In that live feed from New York, Clinton thanked the party for the nomination, saying,"What an incredible honor that you have given me."

"I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet," she told the crowd to thunderous applause. "Thanks to you and to everyone who has fought so hard to make this possible. This is really your victory, this is really your night."

"And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next," concluded the nation's first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. The camera panned out to show the former senator, secretary of State, and first lady flanked by young women and girls, who smiled as the feed ended.

But what remains to be seen is how those girls will see their hopes and dreams reflected in the national media -- particularly when they walk past their local gas station or supermarket and see a powerful, straight white man's face plastered above the fold of their local and national papers on a day that is being hailed as historic for women.

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Yezmin Villarreal

Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.
Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.