Trump lashes out after newspapers launch rebuttal to his attacks

Boston Globe Organizes Response To Trump's Attack On Media

"It is very bad for our Great Country.BUT WE ARE WINNING!"

"THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY", Trump exclaimed on Twitter.

Hundreds of United States newspapers have launched a coordinated defence of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organisations as enemies of the American people. On Thursday, hundreds of news outlets answered a call from The Boston Globe to join forces and reaffirm the importance of the Fourth Estate.

"There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS", he wrote. "Our reporters and editors strive for fairness".

The Johnson Newspaper Corporation of upstate NY wrote: "The president wants his supporters to conclude that what they're learning from media outlets isn't real. well, someone who has Mr Trump's history of lying can't be taken at his word on this".

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"This is one of the many lies that have been thrown out by this president, much like an old-time charlatan threw out "magic" dust or water on a hopeful crowd", its editorial, entitled "Journalists are not the Enemy", said. He tweets that the Globe "is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press".

In an impassioned opinion piece the NYT editorial board, it wrote: "In 2018, some of the most damaging attacks are coming from government officials".

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At a Senate hearing, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai again said he did not agree that the press was "the enemy of the people" but declined to offer a view of Trump's anti-press rhetoric.

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. "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is unsafe, period".

Ultimately, however, the newspaper said they were compelled to point out the value of a free press regardless of how it looks.

The San Francisco Chronicle will not be participating in Thursday's joint effort. "Correcting them is core to our job", it said.

"It's not that we disagree with concerns about the president's language in speeches and on social media", the editorial board said.

Other newspapers said Trump's attacks diminish the importance of journalists in their communities.

Politico's media critic, Jack Shafer, wrote this week that the coordinated editorial response was sure to backfire. "It will provide Trump with circumstantial evidence of the existence of a national press cabal that has been convend exclusively to oppose him".

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