The Huffington Post on Thursday dedicated its lead front page story to bashing President-elect Donald Trump over his “very white, and very male” cabinet picks.Image Credit: Huffington Post/Screenshot
The splash featured images of Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Steve Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Rick Perry and Rex Tillerson.
Left off the screeching front page splash, of course, were Dr. Ben Carson, Trump’s pick for secretary of housing, Ellen Chao, tapped as transportation secretary, and Department of Education pick Betsy DeVos.Image Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images
Though not part of his cabinet, Trump also selected South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as U.N. ambassador. And since race and gender are extremely important qualifications to some news outlets: Haley is a woman and also Indian-American.South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Image Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
But including those faces wouldn’t have made the same impact on the front page. The Huffington Post does go on to note the non-white male picks in the text of the story. But unless you ready through the story, you would be left with a slightly different impression.Image Credit: Huffington Post
Yet despite having legitimate policy-based reasons to raise criticism of some of Trump’s cabinet picks, The Huffington Post went this route:
Donald Trump’s Cabinet is shaping up to be the least diverse in recent history, with just three people so far who are not white men.
Of the 13 people Trump has nominated for Cabinet positions, only Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development), Elaine Chao (Transportation) and Betsy DeVos (Education) are not both white and male.
For the record, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has also emerged as a front-runner for the head of agriculture.
Some of the reactions to the story were rough:
— Shoshana Weissmann, Regulatory Reform Muse (@senatorshoshana) December 15, 2016
When did a white man having a job become a horrible thing?
— Rogue Microwave (@21TrumpStrt) December 15, 2016
2016: The year “white man” became an insult.