Hundreds Of Newspapers Across U.S. Issue Stunning Rebuke Of Trump’s Attacks On The Press
Hundreds of U.S. newspapers on Thursday banded together in a coordinated defense of press freedom, issuing a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump for saying some media organizations are enemies of the American people.
The Boston Globe said more than 300 outlets ― ranging from major publications to smaller, local outfits ― had committed to writing their own unique editorial challenging the president.
From Tucson, Arizona, to Chicago, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut, to Dallas, Texas; and Athens, Ohio, to Bismarck, North Dakota, papers from across the nation have followed through with their promise today, publishing editorials that have each been constructed with different words but bear a shared message: Mr. President, “journalists are not the enemy.”
“The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful,” the Globe’s editorial said. “To label the press ‘the enemy of the people’ is as un-American as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries.”
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. “We stand with our colleagues,” the paper’s editorial board wrote.
Scroll down to see a sampling of the editorials published today. And remember to subscribe to your local paper.
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.
“News reporters and editors are human, and make mistakes. Correcting them is core to our job,” it said. “But insisting that truths you don’t like are ‘fake news’ is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy. And calling journalists the ‘enemy of the people’ is dangerous, period.”
Trump has frequently criticized journalists and described news reports that contradict his opinion or policy positions as fake news.
In February 2017, for example, he tweeted that “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people!”
In January, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, said Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
A representative for the White House could not immediately be reached for comment on the editorials.