A powerful Super Bowl ad aired by The Washington Post depicts the importance of journalism, as a voice to defend journalism. The first ever Super Bowl commercial, narrated by the American actor Tom Hanks, highlights a few memorable news events and pays tribute to journalists who were captured or killed.
“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 The Washington Post publisher and CEO, Fred Ryan. He told the newspaper that the advertisement was purchased last week.
The ad was aired during Super Bowl LIII on Sunday and begins with shots of some momentous events. It showcased the March on Selma, the moon landing, the Oklahoma City bombing and shifts to paying tribute to journalists. It exhibited a special tribute to Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was reportedly murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year.
The ad featured images of some of the biggest stories since World War II and exhibits reporters from Fox News Bret Baier and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Also, Austin Tice, a freelance reporter who has been missing in Syria for more than six years.
“There’s someone to gather the facts. To bring you the story. No matter the cost. Because knowing empowers us. Knowing helps us decide. Knowing keeps us free,” Hanks concludes and the one-minute long compilation ends with the paper’s recent slogan, “Democracy Dies In Darkness”.