And the name game is finally ending.
The Washington Post Co. on Thursday dropped a bombshell: The Post newspaper began holding trademark filings in the 1970s for the names “Washington Post,” “Washington Post,” “Washington Post Co.” and “Washington Post Co. Publishing Co.,” according to a filing made Oct. 18.
Somewhere out there is the actual Washington Post newspaper, but the news is just that the News Corp. company currently owns the vast majority of the Post’s assets, including the paper.
This news was met with an incredible amount of scorn from the District’s Twitter users, many of whom couldn’t quite believe what was going on.
This newspaper that you are going to start using as a surname is a lie. — Daunny Barry Harris (@DaunnyBarryH) October 25, 2018
So, the Washington Post is going to use a new name. Is anyone covering the #publicationofutilities? #ohyestheywill — sinead_green (@green_sinead) October 25, 2018
Some didn’t seem to understand why the renaming process was taking so long.
This is the most obvious and crucial decision that the Washington Post will need to make in regards to its use of the name “Washington Post.” https://t.co/9QT6W09fKb — Tom Gara (@tomgara) October 25, 2018
The Washington Post, aka “The Washington Post” is changing their name to SOMETHING NEW????? — Josh Henry (@joshhmyle) October 25, 2018
HOW WILL THE WASHINGTON POST REVAMP THEIR WEBSITE AND WHEN WILL IT BE UP? OH BROTHER — Raul Mar. Guerrero (@TheRaulGuerrero) October 25, 2018
For some, the latest news was particularly bad.
The Washington Post is giving up on the name it has given itself for the last 69 years. Twitter promptly exploded.