President Donald Trump believes the media is, quite literally, "the enemy of the American people." At a recent press conference, he couldn't seem to stop obsessively reiterating just how "fake" the news is, which is nothing out of ordinary, really.
The irony here is that facts are just facts. There are no alternatives, to borrow a term from Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. There is no elaborate media conspiracy; journalists are merely reporting events as they occur.
It's fitting, then, that The Washington Post, which is not a fake newspaper, just updated its slogan. It appears to allude to Trump's animosity toward the media and serves to remind readers (and politicians in power?) of the importance of the American democracy, which hasn't felt so democratic as of late.
New motto for WaPo "Democracy Dies in Darkness" pic.twitter.com/TzvO346PL7— Hey Partisan (@heypartisan) February 22, 2017
According to CNN, Kris Coratti, a spokesperson for the media outlet, said the tagline will appear more often.
"This is actually something we've said internally for a long time in speaking about our mission," she said. "We thought it would be a good, concise value statement that conveys who we are to the many millions of readers who have come to us for the first time over the last year. We started with our newest readers on Snapchat, and plan to roll it out on our other platforms in the coming weeks."
We're on board with this.
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