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NYT Editorial Board Slams Trump as Part of Widespread Press Pushback to POTUS’ Media Attacks

The New York Times joined with hundreds of other papers on Wednesday to push back on President Donald Trump‘s repeated portrayal of the press as “enemy of the people.”

“In 2018, some of the most damaging attacks are coming from government officials. Criticizing the news media — for underplaying or overplaying stories, for getting something wrong — is entirely right. News reporters and editors are human, and make mistakes,” the NYT editorial board wrote. “Correcting them is core to our job. But insisting that truths you don’t like are ‘fake news’ is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy. And calling journalists the ‘enemy of the people’ is dangerous, period.”

The NYT continued on: “These attacks on the press are particularly threatening to journalists in nations with a less secure rule of law and to smaller publications in the United States, already buffeted by the industry’s economic crisis. And yet the journalists at those papers continue to do the hard work of asking questions and telling the stories that you otherwise wouldn’t hear.”

In an online interactive, the NYT also linked to papers across the country who ran editorials pushing back on Trump’s anti-press rhetoric.

The Bangor Daily News wrote this, noting the media is the “only way you know when your government isn’t working as it should.”

News organizations don’t serve governments. They serve you, the public.

They are the only way you know when your government isn’t working as it should. They are the only independent way to know what elected officials are doing. Often, if the government doesn’t like journalists, it’s probably because they’re doing their job right.

Across the country in California, the editors of the Mercury News wrote this:

We are not the enemy.

It’s shocking that in this country, built on the foundation of a free press, we would ever have to say that. But we live in shocking times. And we are under attack – from our president.

The idea stems from a call from the Boston Globe to have editorial boards unite to condemn Trump’s anti-press remarks.

The reason for the action was simple, according to their initial appeal: “This dirty war on the free press must end.”

Check out the NYT’s interactive with links to editorials across the country here.

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