Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

U.S. newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

His tweet comes amid reports that nearly 343 news outlets will be publishing coordinated editorials on Thursday which denounce the United States president's "dirty war" on the press.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights "is now or never" Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue U.S. steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE on Thursday accused the Boston Globe of "collusion with other papers" after the news outlet coordinated a nationwide effort to publish editorials pushing back against the president's attacks on the press. "These attacks on the press are an attack on our nation's foundation".

Trump has long rallied against so-called "fake news", branding some of America's largest media outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, as such. They also wrote that it is "un-American" and "dangerous" to label the media the enemy of the people.

In fact, Trump has used the term "fake news" in 292 tweets since December 2016, according to the Twitter Archive. The movement was initially pushed by the Boston Globe.

Almost 350 news organisations pledged to participate, according to Marjorie Pritchard, op-ed editor at the Globe.

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The New York Times editorial said it is right to criticize the news media for underplaying or overplaying stories or for getting something wrong in a story.

You can find our editorial on the issue on Page A8 of today's newspaper.

News organisations across the U.S. have united to condemn Donald Trump's attack on the media.

"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 Boston Globe wrote in its editorial. Freeman wrote that Trump has the right to free speech as much as his media adversaries.

The Globe says it's appealing to editorial boards to take a stand regardless of their politics and whether they generally editorialize for or against the president's policies.

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