Trump lashes out after newspapers come together to defend the press

Friday, 17 Aug, 2018

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

Trump is sensitive about his media coverage and says the press is "fake" and the "enemy of the people".

The paper on Wednesday published an editorial headlined "Journalists are not the Enemy".

Tweeting in all capitals, the president wrote: "THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY". He tweets that the Globe "is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press". The theme was consistent, with more than 350 news organizations, both large and small, banding together to defend the press against denigrations of "fake news". They also wrote that it is "un-American" and "dangerous" to label the media the enemy of the people. The paper also quoted the United Nations high commissioner for human rights who said on Monday that Trump's anti-press statements are "close" to inciting violence against journalists.

The resolution also affirmed that the "press is not the enemy of the people".

"The true enemies of the people - and democracy - are those who try to suffocate truth by vilifying and demonizing the messenger", wrote the Des Moines Register in Iowa.

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

"Trump quipped that reporters had the "freedom of the press" to decide whether or not to attend the remainder of the Cabinet briefing, offering them a chance to stay for the full meeting".

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This year, Reporters Without Borders dropped the USA two spots to number 45 in its annual ranking of 180 countries on press freedom.

But Paulson questioned whether editorials would be effective. "They are not the ones trying to shout you down at presidential rallies".

"Donald Trump is not responsible for the eroding trust in the media", Finley wrote.

"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.

Thursday's editorials came as the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution, "reaffirming the vital and indispensable role the free press serves".

But media rights advocates say the stakes are too high to allow the president's claims to go unchecked.

But at least one newspaper said that the president is not its primary concern.