More than 100 US newspapers joined forces to condemn Trump's attacks on the media and he was furious

Greg Evans
Friday 17 August 2018 11:00
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On Thursday, more than 300 newspapers in the United States joined forces to condemn President Trump's continued attacks on the media.

The initiative was started by The Boston Globe who, according to CNN, had been contacting various editorial boards, proposing a "coordinated response" to Trump's "enemy of the people" rhetoric.

In their pitch to fellow papers The 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.

Papers from around the US, including The New York Times and Chicago Sun-Times, lent their voices to the campaign for a free press and used the hashtag #EnemyOfNone on Twitter.

The Globe's op-ed editor, Marjorie Pritchard, also posted a request to Trump on Twitter asking the President to read the hundreds of editorials that had been published.

In a situation like this, it would have probably been advisable for Trump to ignore what was going on and instead concentrate on doing his job, which just happens to be the President of the United States.

However, as you may have already guessed, Trump went into full CAPS LOCK rant mode and probably made the situation for himself a lot worse.

He reserved special criticism for The Globe and criticised the sale of the newspaper to The New York Times.

Mashable reports that Trump's financial assessment of The Globe's sale is somewhat off as it was actually sold for $70-million in 2013 and not the $1 that he mentioned.

Trump then concluded his rant by strangely saying that he does want 'freedom of the press' but that there is too much 'fake news, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people.'

HT Mashable

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