US Newspapers Hit Back at Trump, Defend Free Press

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The Boston Globe had called for the drive highlighting the importance of a free press, accompanied by the hashtag #EnemyOfNone. — Reuters

Over 300 publications join the bid to counter president’s attempt to call reports critical of him as fake news.

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US newspapers big and small hit back on Thursday at Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the news media with a coordinated campaign of editorials, triggering a fresh tirade from the president on Twitter.

Leading the charge was The Boston Globe, which had called for the drive highlighting the importance of a free press, accompanied by the hashtag #EnemyOfNone.

More than 300 newspapers around the country joined the effort.

“Today in the United States we have a president who has created a mantra that members of the media who do not blatantly support the policies of the current US administration are the ‘enemy of the people’,” the Globe editorial said.

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