Trump lashes out after newspapers respond to his attacks

Lester Mason
August 20, 2018

CNN, which has been labeled as "fake news" by the president a few times, including last month when he refused to take a question from journalist Jim Acosta at a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, wrote in a news story: "The campaign is significant because it moves the conversation about Trump's attacks out of Washington and NY and into communities across the country".

The coordinated effort comes amid Trump's ongoing claims of "fake news" from media outlets that publish unfavourable articles and calling mainstream media outlets the "enemy".

The Globe said it coordinated publication among the newspapers and carried details of it on a database on its website. "This is one of the many lies that have been thrown out by this president".

On Thursday, about 350 newspapers did just that. In recent weeks, he has called the media the "enemy of the people", to widespread general concern.

Trump´s actions are also encouraging strongmen such as Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey to treat journalists like enemies, some newspapers said.

But the campaign has garnered criticism from many Trump supporters, and from some media critics, because of the appearance of a coordinated attack. Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY to declare the Senate's support for a free press and the First Amendment protections afforded to journalists. "Today, every senator upheld that oath by sending a message that we support the First Amendment, and we support the freedom of the press in the face of these attacks". "Just because people are talking about it, it's a victory in my book".

The president himself already treats the media as a cabal - "enemies of the people", he has called us, suggesting over and over that we're in cahoots to do damage to the country.

The Fayetteville Observer said it hopes the president will stop making such accusations, "but we're not holding our breath".

The solution can begin with the midterm elections November 6: Vote for bridge-builders, people who can speak honestly not only with supporters, but also with opponents and critics, and have demonstrated their ability to negotiate solutions to chronic problems.

"Like any true friend, we don't always tell you what you want to hear", the Morning News said. "Our news team presents the happenings and issues in this community through the lens of objectivity". There's nothing we hate more than errors but we acknowledge them, correct them and learn from them.

Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron, who has responded directly to Trump's attacks, said the paper's reporting on the president is not a result of hostility. "We're all in this together", the Times said.

From The Martha's Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News. from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in ME. the papers are all running editorials as part of an effort first proposed by the Boston Globe earlier this month. Both the Chronicle and Baltimore Sun said that it plays into the hands of Trump and his supporters who think the media is out to get him. The idea of a co-ordinated campaign simply left others cold, with one newspaper referencing a longtime rivalry. "Coordination, especially with Boston, isn't in our nature".

"Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved". Presidents from John Adams to Richard Nixon to Barack Obama often scuffled with the press corps. "It is time for a truce".

It remains unclear how much sway the effort will have.

The editorial ended with, " Newspapers, websites and TV or radio stations that do that are not your enemy".

An Ipsos poll released this month found 43 per cent of Republicans agreed that the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in "bad behaviour".

Other participants included The New York Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Even his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump disagrees with him and has said so publicly.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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