US newsrooms to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

Boston Globe Organizes Response To Trump's Attack On Media

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

On Aug. 10, The Globe appealed to newspapers across the country to publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what it calls a "dirty war against the free press".

"The administration's continual attack on our nation's free press poses a danger to the country's freedom and democracy", said Craig Borges, The Sun Chronicle's managing editor. "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is unsafe, period".

President Trump on Twitter has attacked the press for these editorials about him attacking the press.

That followed this tweet from the president: "THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY".

It's unclear what he was calling for newspapers to prove, and Trump misrepresented sale prices for the Globe.

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The Boston Globe invited its fellow publications to join calls for "an end to President Trump's sustained assault on the #FreePress" through editorials with the newspaper's op-ed editor Marjorie Pritchard saying almost 350 had pledged to participate.

Trump's suggestion that news organizations were colluding with each other seemed to echo a tweet from Ari Fleischer, who said on Wednesday morning that multiple newspapers printing the same editorial message amounted to collusion. The Chicago Sun-Times said it believed most Americans know that Trump is talking nonsense.

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.

But the Wall Street Journal, which said it was not participating, noted in a column by James Freeman that the Globe's effort ran counter to the independence that editorial boards claim to seek.

Mr Freeman wrote that the president has the right to free speech as much as his media adversaries.


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