In the rather opportune time that is the Trump era, where the President openly refers to the media as “the enemy of the American people,” The Washington Post has taken a stand with it’s new slogan to reaffirm the publication’s commitment to defending democracy.
The Post’s new catchphrase is “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Last week, it appeared on their website and Snapchat Discover stories.
Communications director for the Washington Post Shani George told The Huffington Post on Wednesday,
“This is actually something we’ve said internally for a long time in speaking about our mission. 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.”
The publication plans to release the slogan on other platforms over the course of the next few weeks.
While the slogan is not specifically aimed at Trump, it can be implied given the timing of the slogan’s release and the current political climate, especially surrounding many well-respected media outlets like the Post.
In many ways, Trump and the rest of his administration have launched an all-out-war on the press.
On February 17th, the President took to Twitter to call the media “the enemy of the American people.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Trump had already tweeted and quickly deleted another version of the tweet. However, the revised tweet specifically mentions ABC and CBS, as well as the New York Times, NBC, and CNN. This is not the first time that the President has publicly attacked these media outlets. All of the aforementioned news sources have reported on scandals and controversies involving Mr. Trump, leading the President to wage what seems to be a war on the press, excluding Fox News and Breitbart.
Just the day before publishing his tweet, the President sent the majority of his 77-minute press conference attacking the press. During the conference, he called the press “out of control” and “dishonest.” Even more troubling, however, is the fact that, despite the information that has already been released to the public, Mr. Trump blamed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation on the so-called “fake media.” He said that journalists treated Flynn “very unfairly.”