United States media fight back against Trump attacks

Al's notes

Al's notes from that 2017 speech by Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos

But the breadth of the response to the Boston Globe's suggestion - and the fact that each editorial will be separately and independently written - suggests something different: that those who report and comment, day in and day out, in as professional and objective a manner as we can, are concerned that public respect for journalistic truth, reason and civility are under a new and present threat against which we must stand as best we can.

In St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch called journalists "the truest of patriots". He has skipped both White House correspondents' dinners that have taken place during his presidency, and the White House even went so far as to ban a CNN reporter from a press event last month, claiming she asked "inappropriate questions".

In response to The Boston Globe's request, more than 300 news outlets across the US, along with a few global publications, printed editorials promoting the free press with many using the hashtag #EnemyofNone. It is very bad for our Great Country....

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The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press.

Some newspapers used history lessons to state their case.

Trump ridiculed the Globe, noting that the paper was sold in 2013 for $1 after the New York Times bought it for $1.3 billion.

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"And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is risky, period", The New York Times editorial board wrote.

"Like any true friend, we don't always tell you want you want to hear", the Morning News said.

On Thursday, editorial boards of about 300 newspapers are coordinating to criticize President Trump's war with the media in editorials written and published at each paper under the unifying theme, #FreePress. Some newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote editorials explaining why they weren't joining the Globe's effort.

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It remains unclear how much sway the effort will have. Polls show Republicans have grown more negative toward the news media in recent years: Pew Research Center said 85 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said in June 2017 that the news media has a negative effect on the country, up from 68 percent in 2010.

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