President Trump Slams Fake News Media as Agencies Coordinate Editorials

Boston Globe Organizes Response To Trump's Attack On Media

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. He tweets that the Globe "is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press".

The effort comes amid Trump's persistent claims that mainstream media outlets that publish articles critical of him are churning out "fake news".

The initiative was started by "The Boston Globe" in response to Donald Trump deriding media reports as "fake news" and calling journalists enemies of the people.

Trump has labelled the media as being the "enemy of the American people", "very dishonest" and "fake news", and he has accused the press of distorting democracy and spreading conspiracy theories and blind hatred.

Trump also is criticizing The Boston Globe, which spearheaded the newspaper editorial campaign.

"We can't let statements by the president declaring that the press is the enemy of the people go unchallenged", Schatz said. These boards, staffed by opinion writers, operate independently from news reporters and editors.

"If you haven't already, please subscribe to your local papers", said the Times, whose opinion section also summarised other editorials across the country.

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"The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful", it said. "But insisting that truths you don't like are "fake news" is unsafe to the lifeblood of democracy".

"Insisting that truths you don't like are "fake news" is risky to the lifeblood of democracy".

The Republican-led Senate, in the unanimous resolution across the aisles, affirmed that the news media is not the enemy of the people. In the 1930's, Goebbels said: "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself".

The San Francisco Chronicle will not be participating in Thursday's joint effort. "We stand with our colleagues", the paper's editorial board wrote.

However, some newspapers decided not to run editorials on the issue, including The Washington Post. "These attacks on the press are an attack on our nation's foundation".

"It will provide Trump with circumstantial evidence of the existence of a national press cabal that has been convened exclusively to oppose him", Shafer said.

On its own editorial page it quoted short extracts from dozens of newspapers that defended press freedom as part of the orchestrated protest in print.

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