“The Washington Post debuted its first Super Bowl commercial — a message underscoring the importance of newsgathering and the dangers journalists can face — during Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams,” as the newspaper reported. “The 60-second spot, narrated by actor Tom Hanks, aired in the fourth quarter of the game, shortly before the two-minute warning.
“The commercial, produced in partnership with Mark Woollen and Associates, shows scenes from major news events from World War II through the present day. Hanks’s narration describes the role of journalists as eyewitnesses and gatherers of fact as well as the profession’s larger importance to society. The commercial ends with The Post’s logo and its slogan, ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’
“’The Super Bowl is a remarkable moment to recognize the courage and commitment of journalists around the world that is so essential to our democracy,’ said Fred Ryan, publisher and CEO of The Washington Post. ‘We decided to seize the opportunity to make this a milestone moment in our ongoing campaign.’”
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