Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning Media Attacks

Al's notes

Last week, The Boston Globe put out a call to action inviting newspapers across the country to join them in publishing editorials to defend journalists against the president's "dirty war".

"The impact of Trump's assault on journalism looks different in Boise than it does in Boston", she wrote in the pitch to other papers. Schumer was joined in this effort by fellow Dems Sen.

More than 100 US newspapers are publishing editorials today about what The Boston Globe has called "the dirty war against a free press". "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". It published the results of a poll that showed 48% of Republican voters agreed with the statement: "The news media is the enemy of the American people", with 28% disagreeing.

The Johnson Newspaper Corporation of upstate NY wrote: "The president wants his supporters to conclude that what they're learning from media outlets isn't real. well, someone who has Mr Trump's history of lying can't be taken at his word on this". President Trump has often attacked some media reports as "fake news" and called journalists the "enemy of the people", and "very risky and sick", in a tweet earlier this month.

President Trump has accused the media as "fake news" from the day one since he won the presidential election in 2016, and even during his campaign has been critical of them.

Trump also tweeted: "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS".

United States newspapers are coming together to warn Donald Trump against his "fake news" rhetoric with a co-ordinated series of editorials condemning his attacks on the press.


Also Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution that "affirms the press is not the enemy of the people" and "condemns the attacks on the institution of the free press".

This afternoon, the hundreds of newspapers under attack by the President of the United States received support from the Senate. The 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. The paper also said that Trump has the right to criticize the press under the First Amendment.

But Paulson questioned whether editorials would be effective.

John Podhoretz of Commentary magazine tweeted on Thursday morning, "Can you imagine anything more boring than reading 350 coordinated editorials?" We report on thorny issues, issues on which people have divergent views, and those views often color the way they read the news.

Both the Chronicle and Baltimore Sun said that the move played into the hands of Mr Trump and his supporters who think the media is out to get him. "Our silence on Thursday is testament to our commitment to do it in our own way, on our own timetable". Freeman wrote that Trump has the right to free speech as much as his media adversaries.

This includes the Topeka Capital-Journal, who harshly condemned Trump's attack on the media.

"Trump's references to us as the "enemy of the American People" are no less risky because they happen to be strategic", the Kansas City Star wrote.

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