Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump slams media as 'opposition party' while papers defend free press

Trump slams media as 'opposition party' while papers defend free press

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

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". They also wrote that it is "un-American" and "dangerous" to label the media the enemy of the people.

"The Boston Globe, which was sold to the the Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR".

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press.

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.

Trump went on to say that the "fake news" is "very bad for our Great Country..." "The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people".

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On Thursday, editorial boards of about 300 newspapers are coordinating to criticize President Trump's war with the media in editorials written and published at each paper under the unifying theme, #FreePress.

A representative for the White House could not immediately be reached for comment on the editorials.

Trump has long rallied against so-called "fake news", branding some of America's largest media outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, as such. "Correcting them is core to our job", it said.

"Insisting that truths you don't like are "fake news" is risky to the lifeblood of democracy".

"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.

Thursday's coordinated editorials were criticized by some in the media, including a CBS News commentary that described them as a "self-defeating act of journalistic groupthink".

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