Over 100 newspapers to publish damning editorials against Donald Trump's attacks on the press

The president has hit out against sections of the media a number of times in recent weeks

Chris Riotta
New York
Tuesday 14 August 2018 09:39 BST
Donald Trump holds up a newspaper as he makes a reference to a story in it while walking through downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Donald Trump holds up a newspaper as he makes a reference to a story in it while walking through downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Reuters)

More than 100 publications across the US will publish editorials rejecting Donald Trump's repeated attacks on the press.

The move is part of a coordinated effort by the Boston Globe's editorial board to denounce the president's claim that the media "is the enemy of the American people". Each newspaper involved in the campaign will publish their own unique editorial refuting such criticisms, to arrive on newsstands Thursday, 16 August.

In a statement calling on other newspapers to join the effort, the Boston Globe wrote, "We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration's assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date".

The Boston Globe was joined by the American Society of News Editors, the Press Association, the New England Newspaper and other press groups which helped raise awareness surrounding the editorial campaign.

Marjorie Pritchard, deputy editorial page editor of the Boston Globe, told CNN the response has been "overwhelming" after the newspaper began the nationwide campaign just a few days ago.

"We have more than 100 publications signed up, and I expect that number to grow in the coming days," she said. "We have some big newspapers, but the majority are from smaller markets, all enthusiastic about standing up to Trump's assault on journalism."

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In its message to publications, the Boston Globe encouraged autonomy in writing the editorials that would comprise this week’s campaign.

"The impact of Trump's assault on journalism looks different in Boise than it does in Boston," the statement continued. "Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming."

Mr Trump has consistently railed against the media during his tenure in the White House, as well as along the 2016 campaign trail, referring to mainstream outlets as “fake news” and attacking outlets that have published critical stories about his presidency.

His attacks on the press appeared to ramp up in recent months, in conjunction with the hiring of former Fox News executive Bill Shine, who serves as the current deputy chief of staff for communications in the White House. CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins said she was recently stopped from attending an event with the president by Mr Shine, due to her questioning at an event earlier that day.

The president has continued to mock and undermine the press at his nationwide rallies, warning his supporters to avoid paying attention to its reporting on his administration.

"Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news," Mr Trump said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in July. "Just remember: what you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening".

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