The Broadsheet: July 28th


Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Donald Trump shushes a female reporter, Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay team up again, and the media (that’s me!) is blowing its coverage of the DNC. Have a fantastic Thursday.


 The bully's back. Donald Trump gave a bizarre press conference in Florida yesterday, where he called on Russia to "find the 30,000 emails that are missing," referring to messages deleted from Hillary Clinton's private server. Not surprisingly, his statement prompted a flurry of coverage, with the Clinton campaign accusing Trump of encouraging Russian espionage and his Gov. Mike Pence issuing a statement that Russia would be punished for any hacks, seemingly contradicting his running mate.

The GOP nominee got less attention for another faux pas at the same event. When pressed by NBC's Katy Tur about whether he had “any qualms about asking a foreign government, Russia, China, anybody, to interfere, to hack into a system of anybody in this country,” Trump responded by telling Tur to "Be quiet; I know you want to, you know, save [Hillary Clinton]."

I have no doubt that Trump would happily shush any reporter—especially one trying to do their job as diligently as was Tur. But it's also clear that he has no patience for women who stand up to him in public (Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Warren, etc.). His response: belittlement, name-calling—anything but substantive debate. Will his schoolyard tricks work when he finds himself in an actual debate with Hillary Clinton? I hope not.


 He's for Hillary. Some of the most powerful men in American politics spoke in support of Hillary Clinton at the DNC last night. President Barack Obama painted her as a tireless advocate for change (“she never ever quits"), Vice President Joe Biden said that Clinton "gets" American voters, while former Republican New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg said that the Democratic nominee "must" be elected "for the good of the country."

 Veep-to-be? Speaking of men in politics, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who Clinton has chosen as her running mate, also gave an address at the DNC last night, focusing primarily on faith (in God) and trust (in Hillary). The Catholic VP pick still makes some voters uneasy, due to his personal opposition to abortion—even though his actual voting record on women's health issues is pretty much spotless. Fortune

 Aster's assist. Meet 18-year-old Aster O’Leary, who was elected as a Vermont delegate to the DNC while still in high school. And she ended up playing a very important role for Hillary Clinton, despite her support of Bernie Sanders.  Fortune

 In a bind? New research suggests that race, but not gender, influences whether a scientist will win coveted National Institutes of Health grants, challenging the idea that women of color face a "double bind." Still, many in the scientific community say the study is too narrow to be conclusive.  Buzzfeed

 Who is Bill wearing? After all the press about the convention outfits of Michelle Obama and Ivanka Trump, this Quartz goof about Bill Clinton's "fetching pantsuit" reminds us how differently the media still covers men and women.   Quartz

 Picture imperfect. Speaking of which...If you picked up a copy of the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal or Chicago Tribune—yes, the paper version, I hear some people still do that!—you may have noticed the peculiar way they marked Hillary Clinton's historic nomination: with photos of Bill. All three papers put the wrong Clinton on the front page. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Eileen Naughton, who was the VP of sales and operations for Google in the UK and Ireland, will be the search giant’s new VP of people operations. The Carlyle Group will appoint a woman, Sandra J. Horbach, as one of two co-heads of its main U.S. buyout arm for the first time.


 Demi for a day. Fortune's Kia Kokalitcheva talks to Demi Lovato about her new choose-your-own-adventure mobile game with Pocket Gems. Fortune

 Tick, tick, tick? Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo talks about the issue of aging and the entertainment business, saying that she decided to stay with the long-running show "based solely" on her age. “At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood,” she says. People

 ATTN YA nerds: Oprah Winfrey is in final talks to play Mrs. Which in the Ava DuVernay-helmed adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, which is being written and co-directed Jennifer Lee.  The Hollywood Reporter

 Common ground. Following Meryl Streep's DNC speech in support of Clinton, the New York Times looks at the history between the two women—and the biographical commonalities that bond them. "Like Mrs. Clinton, [Streep] grew up in a middle-class household, attended a women’s college, participated in campus protests and went to graduate school at Yale." New York Times

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Some anticipated changes after the matriarchal revolution  New Yorker

In 1985, Wal-Mart pulled a "Someday a woman will be president" t-shirt because it was offensive  Boing Boing

Meet the woman seeking to claim Bernie's legacy  Time

Hillary's nomination puts women a step closer to running the world's three largest economies  Money


Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business. God help us. I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one.

Michael Bloomberg, speaking about Donald Trump in his DNC speech on Wednesday night

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