Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos, spent millions of dollars Sunday for its first-ever Super Bowl ad to promote its slogan, “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

The paper adopted the slogan in 2017  for what they perceived was a lack of transparency from the Trump administration.

The ad was narrated by Tom Hanks, who starred in the 2017 movie “The Post,” and ran 60 seconds during what is usually one of the most-watched television programs of the year. CBS reportedly charged a record $5.25 million for a 30-second ad.

Donald Trump Jr. blasted the ad on Twitter, saying that “You know how MSM journalists could avoid having to spend millions on a #superbowl commercial to gain some underserved credibility? How about report the news and not their leftist BS for a change.”

While critics of the president ripped his son for the tweet, Trump Jr. did find an ally in Post employee in Frederick Kunkle, who complained on Twitter about the Post cutting staff and benefits while spending millions of dollars on the Super Bowl ad.

The ratings of the game showed that it was the lowest-rated Super Bowl since 2009 when a 30-second ad cost $3.1 million.




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