Several Washington Post reporters have criticized the paper's decision to shell out millions of dollars on an advertisement that ran during Sunday's Super Bowl, insisting that the money would have been better spent hiring more reporters or improving benefits at the Jeff Bezos-run broadsheet. "Sanchez, a former TV anchor and helicopter pilot, has been shooting aerial footage of Blue Origin rocket launches and landings for Bezos". "But the speculation is that he pulled the ad because it would be embarrassing because Lauren worked on the ads".
HBO "wanted to surprise the roughly 100 million people expected to tune in to Super Bowl and turn an ad for another brand into a show promo", the Wall Street Journal article notes.
The Post is owned by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who has been the subject of President Trump's jabs in the past. "Please leave us out of the beer wars".
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The ad included a short list of journalists who died while reporting, but included Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote some opinion columns for the Post and did not die in the course of doing this job. We were more interested in the big-budget ads that auto companies showed - and didn't show - this year.
Meanwhile, a number of conservative commentators and reporters slammed the Post for the ad.
A Post spokeswoman had no comment on the employee backlash and would not confirm how much it cost to reserve the ad time.
Viewers of the Superbowl on Sunday were confused at a unusual commercial that praised and flattered journalism excessively, but the real reason it aired is much more salacious.