Donald Trump Attacks Newspapers Running Editorials Defending Free Press; Senate Punches Back


Donald Trump has lashed out against hundreds of United States newspapers that published editorials on Thursday defending press freedom and denouncing his constant attacks on the media.

"I think people who read editorials in newspapers probably aren't the people who are on Donald Trump's side, generally speaking", said Mark Bulgutch, a former senior executive producer of CBC News who now teaches journalism at Ryerson University.

Trump, while pushing back against the coordinated editorials against him, alleged much of what they said were fake news ad accused them of pushing a political agenda or trying to hurt people.

The Boston Globe invited newspapers across America to stand up for the press with editorials on Thursday, and several began appearing online a day earlier.

A month after taking the oath of office, Trump labelled the news media "the enemy of the American people". "Journalistic outlets have had threats throughout time but it's the president's rhetoric that gives us the most concern", Bowman said. The movement was initially pushed by the Boston Globe.

The Fayetteville Observer said it hoped Trump would stop, "but we're not holding our breath".

At the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five staff members were killed by a gunman in June, editors said Thursday they were not participating in the effort because they care more about what the community thinks than the president.

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The terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" have often been used by Trump in connection any critical news reports. Rather, the paper claims its staff are pretty fond of "the people" and are instead enemies of "unchecked authority", "undeserved privilege", and "self-entitlement" to name a few.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump continues to air his grievances against the press at a Pennsylvania rally.

Hundreds of US newspapers are banding together this week to fight back against President Donald Trump's "war on the free press".

"Donald Trump is not responsible for the eroding trust in the media", Finley wrote.

The Globe's editorial board made the appeal last week, urging newspaper editorial boards to produce opinion pieces about Trump's attacks on the media.

"These attacks on the press are particularly threatening to journalists in nations with a less secure rule of law and to smaller publications in the United States, already buffeted by the industry's economic crisis".