More than 350 news outlets join hands against Trump's press bashing

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Al's notes from that 2017 speech by Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos

This week a coordinated effort among the News Media Alliance, a reported 200 newspapers including the Boston Globe, and state newspaper associations including the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, seeks to defend the free press against the verbal attacks of President Trump.

The president blasted NYT and WP as "anti-Trump haters" who "do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements - they will never change".

The coordinated move was spearheaded by the Boston Globe, which on the day published an editorial titled "Journalists Are Not the Enemy".

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".

"There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS", he tweeted. That's why they hire media people (sometimes with taxpayer money) to send news releases telling us how great their person is and how awful the other side is. They purposely cause great division & distrust.

They also admit they're not flawless but when a mistake is made they correct it according to the editorial. "They are very risky & sick!"

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Hundreds of USA newspapers, from the Martha's Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News; from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in ME, devoted print space on Thursday in an joint effort to defend press freedom in the country, CNN reported. But, he said, the newspaper values independence - a sentiment that was shared by the Los Angeles Times.

Trump's actions are also encouraging strongmen such as Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey to treat journalists like enemies, some newspapers said.

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution by Democrats on Thursday condemning attacks on the free press and affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people", President Trump's label for the media. Newspaper editorial boards overwhelmingly opposed Trump's election in 2016.

The Boston daily said it called on editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials denouncing a "dirty war against the free press".

The non-binding resolution approved by voice vote was a rebuke to President Donald Trump who for more than 18 months has frequently called reporters "the enemy of the people".

"We rely on reporters and newscasters to keep our leaders honest, accountable, and always working in the best interest of the American people".

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More than 350 other newspapers and some radio and TV stations joined the Globe in publishing their own editorials. That same poll found that only 21 percent of Americans believe the media to be the "enemy of the people", while 71 percent felt the media is an important part of democracy.

In fact, the United States is experiencing a historic press freedom crisis.

The North Carolina newspaper added: "Rather, we hope all the president's supporters will recognise what he's doing - manipulating reality to get what he wants".

This includes the Topeka Capital-Journal, who harshly condemned Trump's attack on the media.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press.

"It's not that we disagree with concerns about the president's language in speeches and on social media", the editorial board said.

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