Other newspapers also failed to properly recognize Clinton after she became the first woman nominated to become president of the United States
The Seattle Times has apologized to readers for not publishing a picture of Hillary Clinton when she became the first woman nominated to become president of the United States. The event late Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention was indeed historic, but many newspapers chose to commemorate the event with a photograph of Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, instead of her.
AllDigitocracy.org reported on the issue the next day, noting how papers such as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Buffalo News and The Orlando Sentinel all failed to feature Hillary Clinton on her big day.
Seattle Times assistant managing editor Leon Espinoza released a statement about his paper’s decision:
“Wednesday’s front page, which featured a banner headline, “Clinton makes history with formal nomination,” failed to include a photograph of Hillary Clinton, the first woman to lead a major-party ticket, instead putting the visual focus on former President Bill Clinton, who made an impassioned case for her election as the next president. The omission upset many readers. In hindsight, we focused too much on the live moment and not enough on the history being made. We apologize for missing the mark.”
Editors at other newspapers have said they decided to feature Bill Clinton because Hillary was not at the convention that night, and they did not want to publish a file photo of her. She did appear by video, and AllDigitocracy suggested in its story that the papers could have used a picture of that.