Trump lashes out after newspapers launch rebuttal to his attacks

Boston Globe Organizes Response To Trump's Attack On Media

A wide array of U.S. newspapers on Thursday hit back at President Donald Trump's often vitriolic attacks on the news media, with editorials accusing the USA leader of endangering democracy by labelling any reports criticizing his actions as "fake news".

The Senate on Thursday went on record declaring "that the press is not the enemy of the people" - a rebuke to President Donald Trump, who declares the opposite on a regular basis.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

"These attacks on the press are particularly threatening to journalists in nations with a less secure rule of law and to smaller publications in the United States, already buffeted by the industry's economic crisis".

"News reporters and editors are human, and make mistakes". Chuck Schumer, the body unanimously passed a resolution condemning "attacks on the institution of the free press". "Today, every senator upheld that oath by sending a message that we support the First Amendment, and we support the freedom of the press in the face of these attacks".

"Unable to carry on in the light, the president attempts to drag us all into a dark labyrinth where rules don't apply and some vacant concept of winning seems attainable", said the Record-Journal in Meriden, Connecticut. "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is risky, period". "The media here is the opposition party".

The paper on Wednesday published an editorial headlined "Journalists are not the Enemy".

The San Francisco Chronicle said it would not join the effort because "it plays into Trump's narrative that the media are aligned against him".

"This Globe-sponsored coordinated editorial response is sure to backfire", Shafer wrote on Tuesday. "Correcting them is core to our job", the editorial board wrote. In the 1930's, Goebbels said: "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself".

"It's not that we disagree with concerns about the president's language in speeches and on social media", the Capital Gazette Editorial Board wrote.

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

"We're just not coordinating with other news organizations because the president's opinion, frankly, is just not that important to us".

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