Donald Trump Jr. Slams Washington Post’s Super Bowl Ad

February 4, 2019 Updated: February 4, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on a Washington Post ad that attempted to showcase the importance of the mainstream media’s journalism.

“You know how MSM journalists could avoid having to spend millions on a #superbowl commercial to gain some undeserved credibility?” Trump Jr. tweeted on Feb. 3 after the ad ran.

“How about report the news and not their leftist BS for a change,” Trump Jr. added of the Tom Hanks-narrated ad.

The Post, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, did not reveal how much it paid for the 60-second ad.

However, CNBC reported that CBS charged $5.25 million for a 30-second slot during the event, meaning a full minute could have cost more than $10 million.

Bezos also tweeted a video of the ad on Feb. 3, writing he is “grateful for the journalists” at the Post and “around the world.”

Washington Post staff writer Fredrick Kunkle also slammed the ad.

“The Post is now paying, say, $5M/30 seconds to tout journalistic freedom during one of the glitziest and – given the NFL’s knee-taking protests and concussions – more controversial sports events in our country,” he tweeted.

“While I too am extremely proud of the Post and its legacy, this seems like an especially infuriating expense for” the Post, he wrote.

Kunkle also said the newspaper has “tried to take away health care insurance from part-time employees” and “moved everyone toward riskier forms of health insurance.”

Another Post reporter went after Bezos directly on Twitter following the airing of the ad.

“Now unfreeze our pensions, pay an equal wage, and strengthen maternity benefits,” Dan Zak tweeted late Sunday night to Bezos.

Zak, 35, has been at the Post for about 14 years, covering national, foreign, and local news.

According to the Post’s CEO Fred Ryan, the ad was designed to “highlight the important, and increasingly dangerous, work of journalists around the world” for the “large audience of Americans and international viewers that watch the Super Bowl.”

Meanwhile, a number of conservative commentators and reporters slammed the Post for the ad.

Jeremy McLellan wrote that the ad could pay for “64 reporters’ salaries.”

“Imagine getting fired and then finding out your entire salary paid for 1/2 a second of ad time at the Super Bowl,” he wrote on Twitter.

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