Trump Renews Attack on Media As News Outlets Push Back

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The New York Post - hardly a left-leaning paper - answered the Globe's call by saying "Who are we to disagree?" adding: "It may be frustrating to argue that just because we print inconvenient truths doesn't mean that we're fake news, but being a journalist isn't a popularity contest".

The Morning News of Savannah, Georgia, said it was a confidant, not an enemy, to the people. They purposely cause great division & distrust.

They also admit they're not ideal but when a mistake is made they correct it according to the editorial. "They are very unsafe & sick!"

Trump pushed back in a string of tweets on Thursday.

"This relentless assault on the free press has unsafe consequences", the Globe wrote in its editorial.

What have the newspapers said?

A Slidell, La., newspaper published an editorial in coordination with the mass condemnation of other news outlets, but the paper was highly critical of the efforts to counter Trump. But 26 per cent of respondents, including 51 per cent of Republicans, sided with Trump's "enemy" rhetoric.

The campaign was set in motion by an editor at the Boston Globe, which argued in its own editorial that Trump's label of the media as the enemy of the people "is as un-American as it is unsafe to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries". They also published excerpts from the editorials of smaller publications.

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Many on Twitter expressed concern that Trump's tweet could have inspired the bomb threat.

The verbal assaults escalated after Trump took office, with the president calling the media "the enemy of the American people". Rather, the paper claims its staff are pretty fond of "the people" and are instead enemies of "unchecked authority", "undeserved privilege", and "self-entitlement" to name a few.

"The Globe's argument is that having a united front on the issue - with voices from Boise to Boston taking a stand for the First Amendment, each in a newspaper's own words - makes a powerful statement", Diaz wrote.

"And the media wonders why we think they are 'fake news?'" Mike Huckabee, a former Republican governor who is a Fox News commentator, tweeted. Did he mean that the Boston Globe needs to prove that there is a lack of free press?

Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a resolution with no objections stating that "the press is not the enemy of the people". In a Quinnipiac poll from the end of July, 54 percent of respondents said they trust the press over Trump, while only 34 percent said they felt the opposite.

Columnist James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal, owned by Trump ally Rupert Murdoch, said the campaign "probably isn't the best way to expand readership among the rightward half of the electorate".

That courageous first attempt at telling the truth of a tyrannical government would be followed by others, and would ultimately lead to this nation's founders including protections for a free press in the U.S. Constitution - not as some afterthought, but so important that it was included in the First Amendment.

The fact that Mr Trump won without such media endorsements may cast doubt on whether the Globe's campaign would actually dent his support.

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