USA newspapers unite against Donald Trump's 'fake news' rhetoric

Aaron Brown
August 17, 2018

U.S. newspapers big and small hit back Thursday at Donald Trump's attacks on the news media with a coordinated campaign of editorials, triggering a fresh tirade from the president on Twitter.

The initiative was started by The Boston Globe in response to Trump deriding media reports as "fake news" and calling journalists enemies of the people.

Within a couple hours, he posted three tweets on the subject of fake news, one of them directly naming the Boston Globe.

"Journalists are not the enemy", read the headline of the Boston Globe's editorial on Thursday. The paper also said that Trump has the right to criticize the press under the First Amendment.

The Senate, by unanimous voice vote, passed a non-binding resolution which "affirms the press is not the enemy of the people". My gut tells me the kind of audience willing to believe the mainstream press just makes up sources is going to believe it no matter what the Globe editorial board or anyone else who makes their living in the news says.

In its editorial, the New York Times wrote there was nothing wrong with being critical of the media but said there was a line. "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is risky, period", the Times wrote.

Each paper ran an editorial, which is usually an unsigned article that reflects the opinion of an editorial board and is separate from the news and other sections in a paper.

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

Trump responded by doubling down on his attacks, in a Twitter tirade on Thursday morning.

Today, The Sun Chronicle joins more than 350 other newspapers in the United States in taking a stand against the Trump administration's ongoing attacks on the news media.

"For more than two centuries, this foundational American principle has protected journalists at home and served as a model for free nations overseas".

The Globe's editorial accused Trump of carrying out a "sustained assault on the free press". Freeman wrote that Trump has the right to free speech as much as his media adversaries.

"It will provide Trump with circumstantial evidence of the existence of a national press cabal that has been convened exclusively to oppose him", Shafer said.

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