April 5, 2017

The Washington Post picked the wrong day to look as if it might be appropriating "Black Lives Matter."

This just arrived in the email:



Isn't that appropriation of the "[Blank][Blank] Matter[s]" format?!

We're seeing a particular sensitivity to a seeming appropriation of "Black Lives Matters" today, what with that Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad.

It was only last February that WaPo came out with that slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" — which it still runs in its masthead.

What do you think of WaPo's slogan "Great Journalism Matters"?
 
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47 comments:

mockturtle said...

What would the WaPo know about 'great journalism'?

West Texas Intermediate Crude said...

"No. It doesn't."

Quayle said...
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Quayle said...

Our democracy may very well die in the darkness, but most of its convulsions and vomiting have been in the plain light of day.

Owen said...

I don't think your survey gives enough choices. How about one for:
"This stupid branding item obviously borrows in the most lame fashion from #BLM. So we should register our objection at being so obviously and mechanically manipulated to produce a #BLM effect. But we are also producing an anti-#BLM effect, because of the irony (which your viewers cannot even see but somehow know is there, as a faint light fog at dusk over certain natural features that I may enumerate later). This irony is a part of the social justice core work of what we do. It must not disappear in this bourgeois presentation of 'reality.' Accordingly when we meet next, you will pay me $500,000."

Gahrie said...

You see very few American flags being waved proudly at BLM protests. You're much more likely to see the flag being burned.

n.n said...

All the news that's fit to print.

MathMom said...

No option for "We wouldn't know good journalism if it ran over us in a truck".

Bob R said...

I've felt from the start that "Black lives matter too" would have been a slogan that would make the same point and gotten much more widespread support. Unfortunately I think that for a lot of people - in particular the brass at NYT - support wasn't important. Aggression, separatism and hate were the goals - drawing a line between "us" and "them." Those goals have been achieved. And the NYT was stupid to think they were "us."

southcentralpa said...

"Sounds good. How 'bout you try some?"

The way things are going, I'm bound to say "Democracy Dies in Darkness" sounds like a thinly veiled threat.

Achilles said...

Spygate is the beginning of the end. Now all veils will be lifted.

D.D. Driver said...

The Washington Post picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.

cubanbob said...

A DNC house organ yammering about "great journalism". Too funny.

Quaestor said...

"Democracy Dies in Darkness," The Washington Post credo, which doesn't mean what Inga thinks it means.

Quaestor said...

I don't know what the Washington Post uses for a logo, but it ought to be a hammer smashing a light bulb.

Humperdink said...

Great Journalism Matters? Self-congratulatory slogans? Yeah, that'll work. It'll make me get online and subscribe to Wapo's fake news tonight.

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tim maguire said...

It's kind of a joke. Like "Black Labs Matte.r" But then, the WaPo is kind of a joke. The new motto nicely draws attention to its reduced status.

Luke Lea said...

Good journalism matters. Great journalism is rare but great when it happens. But what we depend on is good journalism, which, come to think of it, is getting rarer by the day.

Jupiter said...

Maybe this means that Bezos is getting ready to sell some journalists?

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Birkel said...

@ Jupiter

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tim in vermont said...

Shouldn't it say "Fake news that re-enforces your Trump hating, well, face it, Republican hating world-view matters, and we are going to give it to you buffet style!"

Naah, they would only say that if they cared a tiny bit about the truth.

Michael in ArchDen said...

I'd say they are plagiarizing "BLM"

Bob Matthews said...

The folks at the WaPo think they are "in" with the left, and can thus safely appropriate the BLM slogan for their own uses. This shows that the they don't understand anything about intersectionality, which is the core of the modern left, and where there must be an oppressor and an oppressed in every relationship. I think the white men who run that newspaper are about to find out what it means to be a member of the oppressing class.

Scott said...

Not to be picky, but a newspaper's masthead is not on the front page. That's the flag. The masthead is the block on the editorial page that typically states the names of the publisher and senior editors. Then again, writers have gotten this wrong for so long that the distinction is disappearing.

Richard Dolan said...

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. About whatever slogan they use, that is.

Scott said...

I bet Bezos decided that the Washington Post would be known as the newspaper where democracy dies in darkness. That's a better slogan for CNN, though.

Scott said...

One year ago on April 9, Time Magazine did a cover on Black Lives Matter. And as everyone knows, when Time does a cover on a movement, it begins to die.

3rdGradePB_GoodPerson said...

"And as everyone knows, when Time does a cover on a movement, it begins to die."

Oh noes!!!

Does this mean that DJT is going to have normal-person hair soon?

**shudder**

mockturtle said...

One year ago on April 9, Time Magazine did a cover on Black Lives Matter. And as everyone knows, when Time does a cover on a movement, it begins to die.

Is that like the Sports Illustrated cover curse?

JaimeRoberto said...

Great journalism does matter. I just wish Wapo and the NYT and the other media outlets would practice it.

JaimeRoberto said...

@Bob R - "I've felt from the start that "Black lives matter too" would have been a slogan that would make the same point and gotten much more widespread support."

Black Lives Matter Too isn't as catchy. I think what really did them in was the reaction when people said "all lives matter". Instead of claiming racism, they should have said of course all lives matter. Unfortunately we don't feel as if our lives have mattered as much as yours.

Bob Boyd said...

Without "Great Journalism" there would be no Black Lives Matter.

Drago said...

3rdGrader: "Does this mean that DJT is going to have normal-person hair soon?"

No. He is no Biden.

Drago said...

Remember, race, per our Lefty "betters", is merely a social construct.

In fact, at least 17 of Ingas 437 daughters have "become" black because "shut up racists!"

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Darrell said...

Fake news. Derivative slogans. Hands up, don't read.

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Clyde said...

I don't care about Black Lives Matter.
I don't care about the WaPo.
I don't care about what the melting snowflakes want or think.
You hear that, snowflakes?
I don't care about you!
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megapotamus said...

Making Journalism Great Again!!! There, that's a free one.

AprilApple said...

"Wapo - Arm to the democrat party"

That would be honest.

Doubting Richard said...

Why would they choose this advertising slogan anyway? The obvious response (and an enterprising competitor should try this one) is: if it matters, why don't you try it?

Thomas Hazlewood said...

The Cultural Appropriation grievance will reach its peak when people are denied antibiotics because they were not created by approved racial types.

Kirby Olson said...

It's sort of Make America Great Again, and Black Lives Matter, together. However, their real motto should be, Any Noose that Fits.