US newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

Frederick Owens
August 16, 2018

Newsrooms across the U.S. are hitting back at President Donald Trump with a co-ordinated series of editorials condemning his attacks on "fake news" and suggesting that journalists are the enemy.

Even the New York Post - the conservative-leaning daily owned by News Corp titan and Trump friend Rupert Murdoch - published an editorial of its own.

On Aug. 5, for instance, the president tweeted: "The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE".

"This relentless assault on the free press has unsafe consequences", the Boston Globe wrote.

The project initiated by the Boston Globe encouraged newspapers across the country to stand up for press freedom after Trump called journalists "horrible, horrendous people" at recent rallies, leading his supporters to shout obscenities at them and flash obscene gestures.

On Thursday morning, Trump again took to Twitter to denounce "fake news".

That followed this tweet from the president: "THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY".

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"Replacing a free media with a state-run media has always been a first order of business for any corrupt regime taking over a country", the Globe wrote.

The New York Times editorial said it is right to criticize the news media for underplaying or overplaying stories or for getting something wrong in a story.

"Praise them when you think they've done a good job and criticise them when you think they could do better". The Chronicle wrote that one of its most important values is independence, and going along with the crowd went against that.

Nolan Finley, columnist and editorial page editor of The Detroit News, spoke up for the press but added a scolding.

"Donald Trump is not responsible for the eroding trust in the media", Finley wrote. Donald Trump is not the first United States president to attack the press or to feel unfairly treated by it.

The Baltimore Sun: Employing a measured tone, the newspaper's editorial board revealed they had "mixed emotions" about The Boston Globe's call.

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