Trump says newspapers are in 'collusion' on championing a free press

Trump says newspapers are in 'collusion' on championing a free press

"THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY", Trump tweeted all-caps-ily.

Hundreds of 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 movement was initially pushed by the Boston Globe.

Trump felt his morning tirade against a free press merited a third tweet. In February 2017, shortly after he came into office, Trump banned reporters from CNN, the BBC, and the Guardian from an off-camera press briefing. The paper wrote that while they agree labelling journalists as the "enemy of the people" is damaging to democracy, they were concerned about joining a "coordinated" response from the "mainstream" media because it "feeds a narrative that we're somehow aligned against this Republican president".

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.

Trump ridiculed the Globe, noting that the paper was sold in 2013 for $1 after the New York Times bought it for $1.3 billion.

In an impassioned opinion piece the NYT editorial board, it wrote: "In 2018, some of the most damaging attacks are coming from government officials". "To label the press "the enemy of the people" is as un-American as it is risky to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries".

In an effort led by the Boston Globe, hundreds of newspapers around the country pledged to unite in criticism of the president for his rhetoric in editorials. "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is risky, period".

For The Sun Chronicle and the San Diego Tribune to have editorials responding to the same issue on a random Thursday in August is a coincidence.

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Not all newspapers have taken part in the editorial response, however.

Ultimately, however, the newspaper said they were compelled to point out the value of a free press regardless of how it looks. "Correcting them is core to our job", it said.

But at least one newspaper said that the president is not its primary concern.

"The people who read editorials don't need to be convinced", he said.

The editorial board for the Capital Gazette in Annapolis wrote that the newspaper is more concerned with how its community sees it.

We're just not coordinating with other news organisations because the president's opinion, frankly, is not just that important to us.

The Senate affirmed its commitment to protecting freedom of speech and condemned recent attacks on journalists and members of the media.

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