For the first time in forever, the New York Times purchased ad time on the Oscars Telecast:

There has been a great deal of controversy around the ad from the left, from the media, and Twitter’s number one account holder. I am not sure exactly what they hope to accomplish…but I am grateful that they haven’t just acquiesced to the whims of the White House…that they have chosen to stand up and be counted. Not only did they publish this video ad but they also published the same meme in the A section of the Sunday February 26, 2017 New York Times. The text took up two full pages…black characters against the stark white page just like in the video. Quite effective and impossible not to notice (and great typography by the way).

But they aren’t the only ones standing up…last week the Washington Post has added this to their masthead: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”. Amazingly apropos in the current environment.

btw: support the print media outlets of your choice before they are all gone.

2 Responses to The New York Times and The Washington Post Fight Back

  1. Gregory says:

    But where are the reporters to be found in order to hold our state and national leaders accountable if the newspapers fold up and shut down? I can only assume that the Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly would snicker if a blogger showed up to investigate a legislative scandal. On the other hand with pen and notepad in hand a reporter from the Wisconsin State Journal sends a message when he/she enters a room with a question, and a barrel of ink behind them. That may sound cute to some, but there is a real level of concern about the need to monitor government, and policies that can not be done on the cheap, or by amateurs. After all, while many like to grouse about the press, let us not forget they are professionals, and do much to keep us free and safe.

    When I mentioned recently to an aunt that without newspapers her genealogy research would be much more difficult, it only took a second for her face to register the realization of what the end of newspapers means for all sorts of historical checking. If you want to know what the first-hand feel of the Civil War was like go back in the archives of the New York Times and feel the first impressions. They are much different than later versions of the events as they were written at the moment of anguish and uncertainty. There is a truth to the tone of the writing that is priceless. God help us if we ever lose that first writing of history. After all that is what a newspaper, when all is said and done, is all about.

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