Fresh off a tongue lashing of epic proportions Thursday from President Donald Trump over a level of dishonesty that is “out of control,” a ranking member of the media tried out a new motto.
The day after Trump told the mainstream media to its face “the public doesn’t believe you people anymore,” The Washington Post demo’d “a bleak new motto” on Snapchat, according to Fortune senior writer Mathew Ingram.
The new catchphrase read: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”
— Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) February 18, 2017
Ingram gave a hat tip to CNN’s Brian Stetler, who characterized the motto as a “new ‘value statement'” for The Post:
WashPost's new "value statement:"
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 18, 2017
The president followed up Thursday’s performance with a tweet on Friday saying the news media “is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
The reaction to the newspaper’s motto was equally epic, beginning with a tweet that sarcastically suggested it was in response to Trump’s tweet:
Washington Post Meeting: “Trump’s tweet is a little dramatic, don’t you think? How should we respond?”
Editor: “Hold my beer.” pic.twitter.com/HRhzr40YtX
— BT (@back_ttys) February 18, 2017
Here’s a sampling of addition responses from Twitter:
— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) February 18, 2017
— Paul Ogg (@JustOGG) February 18, 2017
— Franco Gonzalez (@itsFranco) February 18, 2017
— Dr. William Kessler (@bill_kessler7) February 18, 2017
— Justin Luchter (@ControlCentral1) February 18, 2017
— LenientScrutiny (@LenientScrutiny) February 18, 2017
— Allen Brzozowski (@ajbrzski) February 18, 2017
@brianstelter “Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne Wisdom worth remembering today
— Stephen P Wolfe (@StephenPWolfe) February 18, 2017
@brianstelter Whether they have been using it internally or not, it sounds like a slogan WaPo has embraced for this time & those readers.
— Elizabeth Evans (@Wallacewriter) February 18, 2017
@brianstelter So you’re saying Democracy was dead for the last 8 years?
— RonColeman OlllllllO (@ShivasIrons3) February 18, 2017
WaPost has had several fake news stories over the past few weeks. Horrible recent track record. Why not mention that Brian?
— Rogue CNN Staff (@ShillForHillary) February 18, 2017
@brianstelter liberals love little phrases don’t they.
— Kem M (@KPM3553) February 18, 2017
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