Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump lashes out after newspapers respond to his attacks

Trump lashes out after newspapers respond to his attacks

Hundreds of USA newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defence of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.

"Journalists are not the enemy", read the headline of the Boston Globe's editorial on Thursday.

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".

You've heard President Trump use the term "fake news" when describing the work of the capitol press corps. "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is risky, period".

Throughout his campaign and after he was elected, Trump has regularly derided the media, labelling them as "fake news" and calling them the "enemy of the people".

In his first year as president, Donald Trump used the word "fake" in referring to news stories, the media and polls more than 400 times, according to a CNN analysis.

The president blasted NYT and WP as "anti-Trump haters" who "do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements - they will never change".

Trump tweeted: "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States".

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"The media are organising an ever more deliberate and public attack on @realDonaldTrump and on the "deplorable" half of the country who support him". At an Islanders Write forum, "Politics and the Press: Covering the Chaos, " sponsored by The Times earlier this month, Melinda Henneberger of the Kansas City Star told the audience how scary it is for the press to cover Trump: "We could always have conversations". Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press.

The article added: "We see this as risky for the simple reason that by diminishing the press, those who hold high office gain in a greater ability to govern without the steadying force of public scrutiny". That includes five employees of the Capital Gazette who were killed in June.

The Globe's call represents one side of a debate about how the media should view and respond to the president's splenetic attacks on the press - or whether it should do anything at all. "Mr. Trump enjoys free speech just as his media adversaries do", the column said. As journalists, our duty is to provide the information you need to make informed choices.

In an effort to fight the president's rhetoric, more than 300 papers around the country published editorials defending free press.

"This Globe-sponsored coordinated editorial response is sure to backfire", Shafer wrote on Tuesday.

One Politico writer argues the collective effort "is sure to backfire" and provide Trump with "circumstantial evidence of the existence of a national press cabal that has been convened exclusively to oppose him".

Some newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote editorials explaining why they weren't joining the Globe's effort.

If one first comes successfully for the press as an "enemy of the American People", what stops someone for coming next for your friends? Rather, the paper claims its staff are pretty fond of "the people" and are instead enemies of "unchecked authority", "undeserved privilege", and "self-entitlement" to name a few.

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