New York Times Oscars

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‘The truth is more important now than ever.’

In the era of so-called “fake news” and with the president calling the media “the enemy of the American people,” the New York Times is fighting back in primetime.

For the first time in its history, the newspaper will run a 30-second commercial during Sunday night’s Oscars telecast titled “The Truth is Hard.”

Naturally, President Donald Trump—who said Saturday he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner—didn’t like the idea, and he took to Twitter early Sunday morning to complain about it.

According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, Trump tweeted about the commercial eight minutes after it was featured on CNN.

The New York Times has done remarkably well since Trump was elected president. The newspaper added 276,000 digital subscriptions in the final quarter of 2016, and according to Poynter, it now boasts more than 3 million online subscribers. “There has been an uptick in people’s willingness to pay,” CEO Mark Thompson recently said.

On Friday, the Times was one of the news organizations that was not allowed into an informal press briefing in Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s office. According to the AP, this is the first Times TV ad to run since 2010.

At least one observer thinks Sunday night’s ad will probably be worth the money put into it.

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