United States media fight back against Trump attacks

Hundreds Of Newspapers Are Challenging Trump's Attacks: 'We Are Not The Enemy’

US Newspapers Hit Back At Donald Trump Over 'Fake News' Claims

Almost 350 newspaper and other organisations are thought to have published a co-ordinated series of editorials condemning the US President's attacks on "fake news".

Trump has long rallied against so-called "fake news", branding some of America's largest media outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, as such. "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is risky, period", The New York Times editorial board wrote.

"There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS", Trump's tweet said.

Marjorie Pritchard, the deputy managing editor of the Globe who oversees the paper's editorial page, first called on newspapers earlier this month to publish editorials pushing back against the president's rhetoric toward the media, which she dubbed a "dirty war".

On Thursday morning, Trump again took to Twitter to denounce "fake news".

He has also accused the "fake news media" of taking part in a "phony Russian witch hunt" regarding unsubstantiated claims that Trump colluded with Moscow during the 2016 presidential election.

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The New York Times wrote: "If you haven't already, please subscribe to your local papers", it said. "We're all in this together".

"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", its editorial, entitled "Journalists are not the Enemy", said.

"Donald Trump is not responsible for the eroding trust in the media", Finley wrote.

The Radio Television Digital News Association, which represents more than 1,200 broadcasters and web sites, is also asking its members to point out that journalists are friends and neighbors doing important work holding government accountable.

"While we agree that labeling journalists the "enemy of the American people" and journalism "fake news" is not only damaging to our industry but destructive to our democracy, a co-ordinated response from independent -dare we say "mainstream"- news organizations feeds a narrative that we're somehow aligned against this Republican president", the Baltimore Sun wrote.

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