About 350 newspapers and other media outlets across the U.S. are running editorials today decrying Donald Trump’s characterization of the media as the “enemy of the people.”
CNN published a list of links to many of the editorials, which you can find by clicking here.
The Boston Globe took the lead in organizing the event, writing today: “A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather ‘The enemy of the people.’ This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country — liberal and conservative, large and small — to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words.”
The Society of Professional Journalists, referring to Trump, wrote: “His threats on freedom of the press began a month after taking office. His belittling of journalists continues today. He has called CNN ‘the worst.’ He has humiliated journalist Jim Acosta for his reporting. He has banned a network pool reporter from a Rose Garden event because he did not like her questions. On Monday, the outgoing United Nations human rights commissioner said Trump’s anti-press rhetoric is ‘very close to incitement of violence.’”
The SPJ piece adds: “A free press is essential to a healthy democracy. Those in power who attempt to stifle the press from reporting on certain events simply because the reporting is not always positive can be viewed as authoritarian. Our Founding Fathers gave the press the right to report on events, to report on government officials and to uncover wrongdoing. Those who abuse their power in an attempt to reduce the legitimacy of the press most certainly have something to hide.”
Trump responded to the event by lashing out yet again at the media, as we reported separately.