USA media hits back at Donald Trump over attacks on 'fake news'

Nellie Chapman
August 16, 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. "It is very bad for our Great Country.BUT WE ARE WINNING!"

Press freedom was not invented in the United States, but there are few nations in which the importance of an independent press has been so closely woven into its long history. The paper wrote that while they agree labelling journalists as the "enemy of the people" is damaging to democracy, they were concerned about joining a "coordinated" response from the "mainstream" media because it "feeds a narrative that we're somehow aligned against this Republican president". The movement was initially pushed by the Boston Globe.

More than 300 news organizations pledged to join the effort, The Associated Press reported, with papers like the Globe, The New York Times, The New York Post, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Mercury News and the Idaho Statesman publishing editorials on Thursday to condemn the president.

Chicago Sun-Times: The daily newspaper said they were confident Americans know that Trump is wrong in calling journalists the "enemy of the people".

Trump's war on the media has been controversial since it began, with many claiming he is trying to censor the free press.

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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". "Praise them when you think they've done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better".

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

The Radio Television Digital News Association, which represents more than 1,200 broadcasters and websites, is also asking its members to point out that journalists are friends and neighbours doing important work holding government accountable.

Scroll down to see a sampling of the editorials published today.

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