U.S. newspapers unite against Donald Trump's 'fake news' rhetoric

Clay Curtis
August 16, 2018

Newspapers from ME to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press. "It is very bad for our Great Country.BUT WE ARE WINNING!"

More than 300 newspapers - in major metropolitan areas and small towns and in red states and blue - wrote editorials denouncing Trump's attacking the news media as "the enemy of the people".

In an effort led by the Boston Globe, hundreds of newspapers around the country pledged to unite in criticism of the president for his rhetoric in editorials.

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.

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.

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In response to The Boston Globe's request, more than 300 news outlets across the US, along with a few global publications, printed editorials promoting the free press with many using the hashtag #EnemyofNone.

"Donald Trump is not responsible for the eroding trust in the media", Finley wrote. He has skipped both White House correspondents' dinners that have taken place during his presidency, and the White House even went so far as to ban a CNN reporter from a press event last month, claiming she asked "inappropriate questions". "But insisting that truths you don't like are "fake news" is risky to the lifeblood of democracy".

Trump later returned to his attack message on all news media, issuing atweet blasting the Globe for "collusion with other papers on free press" and repeating his recurring jibe at the "failing New York Times". "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is unsafe, period".

Politico's media critic, Jack Shafer, wrote this week that the coordinated editorial response was sure to backfire.

In January, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, said Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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