Hundreds of editorial boards all over the country, Thursday answered for a countrywide call to express contempt for President Trump’s assault on the news media, while few rejected the idea to do so. The Same morning, Trump tweeted that “fake news media” is the “opposition party”.
After the editorial board of Boston Globe called for others, use their responsive voice against President Trump’s war of words in the US. He has acknowledged the news media as “the enemy of the American people” and called their coverage as “fake news”.
On Wednesday, Globe’s editorials published online that “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 US administration are the ‘enemy of the people.” It continued that “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.”
The appeal was made on last week by the Globe editorial board, advising other newspaper editorials to draft opinion about the US President’s attacks on the newspaper media. These writers, boards, operate and opinion independently from editors and news reporters as well.
The polity of Washington Post said that the departure is planned to serve the reader, “who is entitled to the facts in the news columns and to opinions on the editorial and ‘op-ed’ pages.”
The Globe expressed that on Thursday against the statement made by the US President, over 300 newspaper editorial boards protested. The Senate also passed a plan on the same day, which reads, “Affirms the press is not the enemy of the people” and “condemns the attacks on the institution of the free press.”
Replying to the editorials, President Trump tweeted on Thursday that the Globe is “in collusion with other papers on free press.” He added the media is “pushing a political agenda.”
President Trump further posted on social media that “there is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS! ”
After taking oath as the President, within a month he labeled the newspaper media as “the enemy of the American people.” In the same year, a media analysis stated that Mr. President has overused the word ‘fake’ alleged the news media and use more than 400 times at least. He even fired many news reporters for their coverage. He mostly stated them as “fake news”, “fake media”, “fake stories”, and “fake polls”.
Last week, again at the political rally in Pennsylvania, President Trump acknowledged the media as “fake, fake disgusting news.” He asked the crowd, “Whatever happened to honest reporting?” He then referred pointing to the team of journalists covering the politician event, “they don’t report it. Thy only make up stories.”
In response to his allegations, Minneapolis Star Tribune’s editorial boards stated: “Let’s start with a fundamental truth: It is and always has been in the interests of the power to dismiss and discredit those who could prove a check on their power. President Donald Trump is not the first politician to openly attack the media for fulfilling its watchdog role. He is, perhaps, the most blatant and relentless about it.”
Houston Chronicle expressed that “What makes Trump’s undermining of the press worse is that it’s not taking place in bureaucracy’s backrooms. Trump’s insults directed at reporters and news organizations, and his threats to limit press access and freedoms, are front and center at news conferences, at rallies, on Twitter. And they’re incessant.”
The Denver responds to his allegations, saying “We believe that an informed electorate is critical to Democracy; that the public has a right to know what elected officials, public figures, and government bureaucracies are doing behind closed doors; that journalism is integral to the checks and balances of power; and that the public can trust the facts it reads in this newspaper and those facts coming from the mainstream media.”
The editorial board of Miami Herald called on President Trump to end the war. It expressed that “We all – as citizens – have a stake in this fight, and the battle lines seem pretty clear. If one first comes successfully for the press as an ‘enemy of the American People,’ what stops someone for coming next for your friends? Your family? Or you?”
They continued that “Not even President Richard Nixon, whose original ‘enemies list’ of the 20 private citizens he hoped to use his public office to ‘screw’ included three journalists, tried to incite violence against reporters. While stewing privately about Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as ‘enemies… trying to stick the knife right in our groin,’ not even Nixon tagged the lot of us, Soviet-style, as ‘enemies of the people.’ Nor did even he dare to take on the idea that our free press is worth protecting.”
However, several newspapers rejected to go against the President words, which include The Washington Post. Previously they were responding against all his alleged statement but from Saturday they decide not to participate in the organized response. Neither The San Francisco Chronicle nor The Los Angeles Times decides to go with words war with Trump.
John Diaz, editor of The Chronicle’s editorial page wrote, “It’s not that we take issue with the argument that Trump’s assault on the truth generally, and his efforts to diminish the free press specifically, pose a serious threat to American democracy.” He added that every newspaper has independence values, which was shared by The Los Angeles Times.
He continued: “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. “However, I would counter that answering a call to join the crowd, no matter how worthy the cause, not the same as an institution is deciding on its own to raise a matter.”
The Globe asked for all accused newspaper editorial board, asking whether they should response to the statements made by the Presidents or whether they should not response to any of his words. Martin Baron, Post Executive Editor of Washington has replied to his attacks directly. He expressed that the news covering the President is not a result of aggression. In the California Code Media Conference, he said that “The way I view it is, we’re not at war with the administration; we’re at work. We’re doing our jobs.”
Baron reports the interviewers that The Washington Post has approached for an administration of Hillary Clinton with the equal aggressive reporting’s. However, only one newspaper expressed that the US President was not the primary concern of the present situation.
The Editorial boards mentioned that the newspapers are concerned more than how general public consider them in actual. It added that “It’s not that we disagree with concerns about the president’s language in speeches and on social media.”
The Editorial boards expressed that “We noted with regret the hurtful nature of his remarks last month calling most journalists dishonest even as we attended funerals for five friends and colleagues killed in the June 28 attack on our newsroom.”
“We’re just not coordinating with other news organizations because the president’s opinion, frankly, is just not that important to us. We are far more concerned about what this community thinks of us.”