President Trump Slams Fake News Media as Agencies Coordinate Editorials
- Author: Tracy Klein Aug 17, 2018,
Aug 17, 2018, 8:17
The vote comes after more than 350 USA newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.
The Boston Globe decided it was time for an organized response to President Trump's attacks on the media as an "enemy of the people"-and hundreds of newspapers responded".
Brian Schatz, of Hawaii, drew on the words of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and President Ronald Reagan, among others, to champion the role of the free press, which it said is "integral to the democratic foundations of the United States".
The Boston Globe, which set the campaign in motion by urging the unified voice, had estimated that some 350 newspapers would participate.
The Fayetteville Observer said it hoped Mr Trump would stop, "but we're not holding our breath".
Trump added in a tweet, "PROVE IT!" though it was unclear what he meant. "The journalists who work at these organizations know they are not enemies of the people, they are working on behalf of the people every day".
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer pointed out mainstream media's hypocrisy in coordinating anti-Trump editorials.
Leading the charge was The Boston Globe, which had called for the drive highlighting the importance of a free press, accompanied by the hashtag #EnemyOfNone. "He's increasing his rhetoric and we thought that a united stand in defense of the freedom of the press would make a statement", said Marjorie Pritchard, the Editorial Page's Deputy Managing Editor.
Trump doubled down on his criticism on Thursday in a fresh, three-part tweetstorm attacking the media.
The president unloaded on the paper and the press in general in a series of tweets. On Wednesday the newspaper published an opinion piece to explain.
"It's not that we disagree with concerns about the president's language in speeches and on social media", the editorial board said.
"HONESTY WINS!" Trump wrote on Twitter. "We noted with regret the hurtful nature of his remarks last month calling most journalists dishonest even as we attended funerals for five friends and colleagues killed in the June 28 attack on our newsroom".
"Earlier today a tenant in the building, the Boston Globe, received several threats via phone call", the notice read.