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Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on press

Hundreds of newspapers in the U.S. on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom, reserving print space to rebuke President Donald Trump for calling prominent media organizations enemies of the American people. Jonah Green reports.

President Donald Trump:

“Fake news! Bad people!”

Hundreds of newspapers in the U.S. on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom, reserving print space to rebuke President Donald Trump for calling prominent media organizations enemies of the American people.

Trump has frequently criticized journalists and described news reports that contradict his opinion or policy positions as fake news.

President Donald Trump:

“These are really, really dishonest people. And they’re bad people.”

His rhetoric has fired up his base, who increasingly believe the media lies or omits facts because of an inherent bias.

TRUMP SUPPORTERS:

“FAKE NEWS!” “Trump won!”

The Boston Globe and the New York Times took part in the push along with more than 350 other newspapers of all sizes including some in states in Trump country.

President Donald Trump:

“Don’t believe the crap from these people, the fake news.”

The Globe’s editorial accused Trump of carrying out a “sustained assault on the free press,” writing, “The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful.”

TRUMP SOT: “what you’re seeing and hearing is not happening.”

The New York Times editorial said it is right to hold the media accountable, “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…”

In response, the president tweeted:

“THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY. It is very bad for our Great Country….”


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