Journalist Andrew Peng shared the good news on Twitter on Saturday morning. Thankfully, he also provided evidence—like any good journalist—to show this wasn’t just #fakenews.
Journalism isn’t dead. I found a squirrel dragging a newspaper up a tree. pic.twitter.com/vGOOKd0B4D— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) February 9, 2018
A bit more of newspaper squirrel. pic.twitter.com/2O9g1AseKw— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) February 9, 2018
Twitter didn’t miss a beat to ask Peng a few follow-up questions about newspaper squirrel. Did he pay for his paper? Or just hack through a paywall? Some cracked jokes while they were at it.
Ya, but did it pay for the paper?— Jeremy Nuttall |纳兰展眉 (@Nuttallreports) February 10, 2018
What's black and white and dragged all over?— Phil Freedman (@Phil_Freedman) February 10, 2018
Hate to disappoint you lovers of serious journalism, but I happen to know this squirrel personally; he is an inveterate gambler & only reads the Daily Racing Form…— Jack Sullivan (@Forza__Parma__) February 10, 2018
Write about your readers. It's journalism 101. pic.twitter.com/MefMJDrpRJ— David Firn (@davidfirn) February 10, 2018
Thousand Oaks resident, I'm guessing. pic.twitter.com/8WojS36Yup— Dan Beucke (@DanBeucke) February 10, 2018
If he drags his morning coffee up there, too — I'll be seriously impressed.— Sara Kosiorek (@SaraKosiorek) February 10, 2018
Just try doing that with an iPad.— John Kelly (@JohnKelly) February 10, 2018
Little guy probably does more reading than Trump. https://t.co/DpozeaTWzv— Ken_Kiyama (@Ken_Kiyama1) February 10, 2018
That particular tree didn't have WiFi connection.— Panda Lover – 2020 Edition (@sweetg12651) February 10, 2018
Peng reminded the jokesters that if they enjoyed his quality content on Twitter, they should consider supporting local journalism as well.
If you liked newspaper squirrel, consider supporting local, public service, and investigative journalism. Maybe buy a local newspaper subscription, or donate to a press freedom group. https://t.co/w8XAxBkSFu— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) February 10, 2018
It’s no surprise that newspaper squirrel was enticed by the newspaper—after all, the news these days is pretty nuts.