Over 350 US newspapers have pledged war today against US President Donald trump by running editorials defending freedom of the press protesting President calling some media organisations enemies of the American people.
The move is part of a coordinated effort by the Boston Globe’s editorial board to denounce the president’s claim that the media “is the enemy of the American people”. Each newspaper involved in the campaign was asked to publish its own unique editorial refuting such criticisms, to arrive on newsstands today.
In a statement calling on other newspapers to join the effort, the Boston Globe wrote, “We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date”.
The Boston Globe was joined by the American Society of News Editors, the Press Association, the New England Newspaper and other press groups which helped raise awareness surrounding the editorial campaign.
This campaign was joined by The New York Times and a number of smaller newspapers, including some in states that Trump won during the 2016 presidential election. The Boston Globe editorial board, in a piece posted online, accused Trump of carrying out a “sustained assault on the free press.”
Trump, in treating the media at times like an opposition party, has responded to unflattering reports as “fake news.” For instance, in February 2017 the president tweeted that “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people!”