Big stink over missing Hillary in newspapers
July 29, 2016
It still wasn’t enough to get her on the front page of some newspapers around the country, griped many of her supporters the next morning.
A number of papers around the country instead included pictures of Bill Clinton on their front pages. That included The Wall Street Journal’s early edition.
Others that ran photos of the former president rather than the current nominee included The Buffalo News, Houston Chronicle and Sacramento Bee.
From the view of a front-page editor working on deadline, the decision was somewhat understandable. Hillary made only a brief video-screen appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, while her husband delivered the night’s big speech. Editors wanted splashy art from that night.
Some papers find workaround
Still, other papers found ways around the conundrum.
The New York Times used a photo of three Clinton supporters, two holding a sign that read “Girl Power.” The Chicago Sun-Times used a historical photo of Clinton. The Los Angeles Daily News used a photo from a few days ago. And USA Today cleverly used a photo of Clinton’s video appearance, with an image of a supporter holding a sign that read “History” in the foreground.
For its part, The Wall Street Journal used a photo of Clinton’s video appearance on its later editions.
The omission offended some readers around the country, which you’d know if you saw any social media accounts on Wednesday. That prompted an apology from The Seattle Times: “In hindsight, we focused too much on the live moment and not enough on the history being made. We apologize for missing the mark,” the published apology read.
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