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A top professor at the Craig Newmark journalism school at City University of New York blasted the Washington Post for running a campaign ad from President Donald Trump and accused the paper of selling out.

“No, @washingtonpost, no, no NO. How dare you? Were these pieces of silver worth the price of your soul?” Prof. Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and the Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation at CUNY posted to Twitter on Thursday.

His tweet contained an image of the online edition of the Post featuring the add which attacks Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s “radical Left-wing” political leanings.

Jarvis proceeded to rip the post in a subsequent Twitter thread.

**Warning: Strong language

“The Post not only sold its front page but also sold a takeover. Who the f**k decided this? I am so ashamed of you, @washingtonpost,” Jarvis wrote, angered by the paper’s decision to give the president’s campaign a platform while suggesting he shouldn’t have it.

“And they let Trump s**t on the pages of the @washingtonpost and its journalism throughout. Shameful,” he continued.

“This bilious insult to democracy darkens The Post’s home page four times. Democracy dies in darkness, indeed,” Jarvis added, oblivious to the fact that by allowing the Trump campaign to purchase ads the Post is engaged in democracy.

“I just retweeted people in a half-dozens [sic] languages across the world expressing their shock at what the @washingtonpost did this morning. This harms the reputation of an institution we deeply depend upon,” he noted in another tweet, suggesting that the Post should only publish information critical of the president.

“And one more awful thing about this ad buy: the Trump/Pence logo sitting next to the Washington Post logo, as if it were editorial navigation to a news site. Awful, just awful,” he continued.

“The Publisher of @washingtonpost, Fred Ryan, must be held to account for this business decision,” Jarvis added, though he didn’t specify how that would happen.

Interestingly, as Jarvis was melting down over the Post’s decision to run targeted ads that include the Trump campaign — which it has every right to do — the paper published an op-ed by American Enterprise Institute resident fellow Marc Theissen characterizing the Democrat Left’s postal service conspiracy as a bigger hoax than the ‘Russian collusion’ narrative in 2016.

“Anthony S. Fauci said Friday that there is ‘no reason’ most Americans can’t vote in person this November and that voting is as safe as going to a grocery store,” Theissen’s column begins. “‘If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that,’ he told National Geographic.

“No matter: Democrats are pressing ahead with their universal mail-in voting scheme and setting the stage to blame President Trump when it results in an unmitigated disaster,” the columnist continued. “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is already accusing Trump of a ‘campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters.’

“Please. This is the biggest made-up controversy since Democrats accused Trump of conspiring with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election,” he added, noting that the election will be thrown into chaos because the mail system is not prepared to handle a massive influx of ballots.

“But instead of pushing states to fix their election laws, Democrats are trying to pin the blame on Trump — arguing that he is pushing to ‘defund’ the Postal Service,” Theissen noted further.

“That is a lie. Just last month, the Trump administration gave the USPS a $10 billion loan, funding authorized in the Cares Act, which Trump signed into law in March.

“The narrative that Trump is manipulating the post office to steal the election is the new Russiagate — a conspiracy theory designed to delegitimize Trump’s victory if he wins. Trump should act now to take that narrative away,” he wrote.

It’s not clear if Jarvis, the journalism professor, believes that Theissen’s voice should be muted, too.

Jon Dougherty

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