Trump lashes out after newspapers respond to his attacks

Marsha Scott
August 17, 2018

Newspapers from ME to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press.

The Boston Globe and New York Times (NYT) have joined over 200 of their United States stablemates in a coordinated defence of free speech in the face of growing disdain from the American government.

Tweeting in all capitals, the president wrote: "THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY". At least 343 publications agreed to publish editorials Thursday against what the Globe calls Trump's "dirty war against the free press", reports the Guardian.

Thursday afternoon, the US Senate passed a resolution from Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressing support for the media and stating that the press is "not the enemy of the people".

The resolution text was released the same day 350 newspapers ran editorials created to push back on Trump's criticisms of the media.

The Globe quoted its local founding father John Adams, who was born and died in MA and became America's second president and said: "The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom".

The New York Times wrote: "If you haven't already, please subscribe to your local papers", it said. "To label the press "the enemy of the people" is as un-American as it is risky to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries".

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press.

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The president went on to point out that fake news is very bad for the country.

He also accused the press of "pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people". "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is unsafe, period", the Times wrote.

The paper on Wednesday published an editorial headlined "Journalists are not the Enemy".

Not all newspapers have taken part in the editorial response, however.

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. "Correcting them is core to our job", the editorial board wrote. "We stand with our colleagues", the paper's editorial board wrote.

Listen to the full conversation near the top of this page, which includes an extended interview with Stan Behal, a journalist physically attacked at a recent rally. "We noted with regret the hurtful nature of his remarks last month calling most journalists dishonest even as we attended funerals for five friends and colleagues killed in the June 28 attack on our newsroom".

We're just not coordinating with other news organisations because the president's opinion, frankly, is not just that important to us.

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