Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

U.S. newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

U.S. newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights "is now or never" Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue U.S. steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE on Thursday accused the Boston Globe of "collusion with other papers" after the news outlet coordinated a nationwide effort to publish editorials pushing back against the president's attacks on the press. Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. They also wrote that it is "un-American" and "dangerous" to label the media the enemy of the people. "We're shooting ourselves in the foot if we make this about attacking the president or attacking his supporters".

The Boston Globe, which set the campaign in motion by urging the unified voice, had estimated that some 350 newspapers would participate.

Almost 350 news organizations have pledged to participate, according to Marjorie Pritchard, op-ed editor at the Globe.

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

The New York Times added a pitch.

Trump has stated a number of times that he believes the media covers him unfairly, often characterizing news organizations as "fake news" and journalists as his true political opponents.

The New York Times joined in the movement, saying: "If you haven't already, please subscribe to your local papers". But the breadth of the response to the Boston Globe's suggestion - and the fact that each editorial will be separately and independently written - suggests something different: that those who report and comment, day in and day out, in as professional and objective a manner as we can, are concerned that public respect for journalistic truth, reason and civility are under a new and present threat against which we must stand as best we can. "Mr. Trump enjoys free speech just as his media adversaries do", the column said.

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