United States newspapers push back against Trump's attacks on media

US Newspapers Hit Back At Donald Trump Over 'Fake News' Claims
US media fight back against Trump attacks
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17 August, 2018

United States newspapers are coming together to warn Donald Trump against his "fake news" rhetoric with a co-ordinated series of editorials condemning his attacks on the press.

It's not clear yet if the Boston Globe's call for newspapers around the country to defend the concept of a free press in their editorial pages-a call that more than 350 publications answered-will change anyone's mind about whether the media is in fact the "enemy of the people".

Trump has labelled the news media "the enemy of the American people" and called much of the coverage "fake news".

Trump's missive came hours after many newspapers across the country accepted The Boston Globe's invitation to stand up for the press with editorials.

The Orlando Sentinel: In its editorial titled "President Trump, the press isn't the "enemy" - it's America's watchdog", the paper writes that the president is putting journalists in danger and references the shooting of five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland in June. They also wrote that it is "un-American" and "dangerous" to label the media the enemy of the people. Correcting them is core to our job.

The editorial effort was in response to a request from the The Boston Globe.

The Fayetteville Observer said it hopes Trump will stop making such accusations, "but we're not holding our breath".

The president in a barrage of tweets reacted to the coordinated editorials against him: "THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY".

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The Morning News of Savannah, Georgia, said it was a confidant, not an enemy, to the people.

"Trump's anti-press rhetoric is toothless and should be of little concern to a confident, competent news media, the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia stated in an editorial". President Donald Trump is not the first politician to openly attack the media for fulfilling its watchdog role.

The president unloaded on the paper and the press in general in a series of tweets.

In an impassioned opinion piece the NYT editorial board, it wrote: "In 2018, some of the most damaging attacks are coming from government officials".

"This relentless assault on the free press has unsafe consequences", the Globe wrote in its editorial.

The Johnson Newspaper Corporation of upstate NY wrote: "The president wants his supporters to conclude that what they're learning from media outlets isn't real. well, someone who has Mr Trump's history of lying can't be taken at his word on this".

"HONESTY WINS!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

In Texas, the Dallas Morning News editorial board wrote: "Trump is, of course, not the first U.S. president to voice his grievances with the media".


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