The publisher of the Washington Post announced Friday that the legacy media outlet would be funding an advertisement set to air during Super Bowl LIII congratulating journalists for their supposedly indispensable role in American life.
It almost goes without saying that the Jeff Bezos-owned blog’s expensive ad will consist of celebrating establishment-friendly liberal and centrist reporters in an era where they’re increasingly viewed with skepticism and even disdain by the broader American public.
Don’t expect the Post’s ad’s to recognize the work of alternative media in informing the people, even as Americans gravitate away from corporate-controlled media outlets like the Post to seek objective and credible information from other sources.
WaPo publisher Fred Ryan said that “the Super Bowl is a remarkable moment to recognize the courage and commitment of journalists around the world that is so essential to our democracy,” in a press release announcing the ad buy. The ad will be narrated by Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks.
Ironically, as the Washington Post gets set to congratulate itself for supposedly embodying “press freedom,” its billionaire oligarch owner Bezos is said to be exploring a lawsuit to shut down the National Enquirer’s investigation of his own adultery scandal.
“Free press” for me, but not for thee.
In yet another demonstration of epic hypocrisy, the Post had also participated in a choir of tattletale-style calls for Silicon Valley tech monopolies to purge content created by Infowars kingpin Alex Jones from their platforms.
The Post is spending a whopping $5.2 million for the prime-time ad, which will air before the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter. With such a massive sum, the outlet could easily hire dozens of journalists recently laid off from declining media companies such as Buzzfeed or VICE. Instead, they choose to fund a pointless vanity project with no apparent purpose other than tooting their own horn.
As Trump Leaves Office, Media Cites Ineffectiveness of Lockdowns and Democratic Leaders Display Eagerness to Reopen
Right on cue.
With President Donald Trump’s impending exit from the White House, many are starting to perceive pivots from Democratic leaders and the mainstream media on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns and the reopening of society.
For example, Newsweek ran an article Thursday titled “COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows.” The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, found through a mathematical model that there was “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on [COVID-19] case growth in any country.”
This is just one study, of course, so it may not reflect objective reality any more than one study which concludes that lockdowns saved “millions of lives.” But after getting bombarded with messages from the media that lockdowns were necessary—with the opposite message found only on explicitly conservative outlets like Big League Politics—it may seem too coincidental to see such a story while the changing of the presidential guard takes place.
Not only that, it also comes at a time when some Democratic leaders appear to be chomping at the bit to reopen restaurants, bars, and schools—after several months of harsh insistence that they all must stay closed in the name of “safety” and “public health.”
On Monday, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York called for the reopening of the state’s economy “smartly and safely.”
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely,” Cuomo tweeted.
We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.#SOTS2021
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot put out a similar call on Thursday, saying that bars and restaurants need to reopen “as quickly as possible” because it will help those businesses survive and reduce the number of large private parties and gatherings.
And incoming president Joe Biden recently pitched a $175 billion plan to return children to school, $130 billion of which would be for public elementary, middle, and high schools, the other $35 billion for colleges and universities. Many teachers unions stubbornly refused to return to in-person classes for the longest time, but now that Biden has come out in support of in-person classes, don’t be surprised to see them suddenly change their tune.
The left is so predictable, isn’t it?
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