U.S. newspapers unite against Donald Trump's 'fake news' rhetoric

Boston Globe Organizes Response To Trump's Attack On Media

Branded "enemy of the people" by Donald Trump, the United States news media is responding with a campaign aimed at countering the president's narrative and highlighting the importance of a free press.

However, he said much of what the media covers is fake news aimed at pushing a political agenda and slandering his administration.

A spokesperson for The Globe confirmed the development to Axios, adding "that alarming turn of the president's rhetoric - the specific labeling of the press as an "enemy of the American people" and the opposition party - does cause us concern about media outlets and the stories we have heard around the country".

A month after taking the oath of office, Trump labelled the news media "the enemy of the American people".

The Boston Globe, which set the campaign in motion by urging the unified voice, had estimated that some 350 newspapers would participate.

Or the San Francisco Chronicle.

The vote comes just as the president renewed attacks on what he's dubbed the "fake news media". "The journalists who work at these organizations know they are not enemies of the people, they are working on behalf of the people every day".

The president unloaded on the paper and the press in general in a series of tweets.

The Globe's editorial page proposed last week that newspapers respond in unison to the escalating attacks.

Leading the charge was The Boston Globe, which had called for the drive highlighting the importance of a free press, accompanied by the hashtag #EnemyOfNone.

"Today in the United States we have a president who has created a mantra that members of the media who do not blatantly support the policies of the current U.S. administration are the "enemy of the people, '" read the Globe's editorial, which published online Wednesday".

Others, including Politico's media critic, Jack Shafer, criticised the coordinated effort by the United States newspapers, saying the editorials are playing "right into Trump's hand". "Mr. Trump enjoys free speech just as his media adversaries do", the column said.

"The MSM, which loves to criticize Sinclair media when Sinclair has its TV stations carry the same editorial message, collude to act like Sinclair - so long as the message is anti-Trump", Fleischer wrote.

"The president could use the occasion of presenting the medal to Wendi's family as a moment of change in his approach toward those whose job it is to question his presidency", the newspaper's editorial board wrote.

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