Never a fan of the mainstream media, and of The Washington Post in particular, Donald Trump Jr. has slammed the paper for their Super Bowl ad, implying that if the news outlet didn’t spend so much time reporting on “Fake News,” it would not have had to spend millions of dollars on a Super Bowl ad, to improve its credibility.
In a scathing tweet following the airing of the commercial during the game, Don Jr. said, “You know how MSM journalists could avoid having to spend millions on a #superbowl commercial to gain some underserved credibility?” Trump Jr. tweeted. “How about report the news and not their leftist BS for a change.”
The paper’s ad, which ran 60 seconds, was narrated by actor Tom Hanks, who co-starred in the 2017 film “The Post.” The ad showcased the importance of journalism and the Jeff Bezos-owned publication’s slogan, “Democracy dies in darkness.”
Even Washington Post Workers Agree
Donald Trump Jr. was not the only viewer who took exception with the ad, I am sure his father shares his views, but according to Fox News, even some people who work at the paper agreed with Don Jr.
Fredrick Kunkle, a Post staff writer, and co-chair of its union echoed Trump Jr.’s criticism of the ad, which he called an “infuriating expense.” In his own tweet, Kunkle condemned the Post for supposedly not providing health insurance to its part-time employees, laying people off, and cutting their severance and yet having the funds to run an expensive ad during the Super Bowl.
According to CNBC, the newspaper reportedly paid around $5.25 million for the 60-second ad. Given the current budget cuts that are hitting The Post and impacting jobs and the quality of life of hardworking journalists, Kunkle told USA Today that he felt the ad was “extravagant and in poor taste.”