Newspaper editorials across United States rebuke Trump for attacks on press

Boston Globe Organizes Response To Trump's Attack On Media

Hundreds Of Newspapers Are Challenging Trump's Attacks: 'We Are Not The Enemy’

This morning, as 350 American newspapers published editorials condemning increasing attacks on a free press, President Donald Trump attacked the initiative.

Trump has faced criticism in recent weeks for his rhetoric towards reporters and other members of the national news media, which he often brands as "fake news" and has recently called an "enemy of the people".

The Boston Globe had called last week for publications nationwide to publish editorials this Thursday that push back against Trump's repeated attacks on the media.

President Donald Trump continued his war against the press on Thursday, blasting "the fake news media" as "the opposition party".

The Portland (Maine) Press-Herald said a free and independent press was the best defence against tyranny, while the Honolulu Star-Advertiser emphasised democracy's need for a free press.

In its editorial, the New York Times wrote there was nothing wrong with being critical of the media but said there was a line. "It is very bad for our Great Country.BUT WE ARE WINNING!" the president wrote on Twitter.

He also accused the press of "pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people".

"This is one of the many lies that have been thrown out by this president, much like an old-time charlatan threw out "magic" dust or water on a hopeful crowd", it added in a piece entitled "Journalists are not the Enemy".

The Republican-led Senate, in the unanimous resolution across the aisles, affirmed that the news media is not the enemy of the people.

For The Sun Chronicle and the San Diego Tribune to have editorials responding to the same issue on a random Thursday in August is a coincidence.

"This Globe-sponsored coordinated editorial response is sure to backfire", Shafer wrote on Tuesday. But, he said, the newspaper values independence - a sentiment that was shared by the Los Angeles Times.

"It's not that we disagree with concerns about the president's language in speeches and on social media", the Capital Gazette Editorial Board wrote. The paper also quoted the United Nations high commissioner for human rights who said on Monday that Trump's anti-press statements are "close" to inciting violence against journalists. "It will provide Trump with circumstantial evidence of the existence of a national press cabal that has been convend exclusively to oppose him".

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