USA newspapers unite against Donald Trump's 'fake news' rhetoric

Hundreds Of Newspapers Are Challenging Trump's Attacks: 'We Are Not The Enemy’

His tweet comes amid reports that nearly 343 news outlets will be publishing coordinated editorials on Thursday which denounce the United States president's "dirty war" on the press.

Last week, The Boston Globe put out a call to action inviting newspapers across the country to join them in publishing editorials to defend journalists against the president's "dirty war". "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is unsafe, period". "We're shooting ourselves in the foot if we make this about attacking the president or attacking his supporters".

It's unclear what he was calling for newspapers to prove, and Trump misrepresented sale prices for the Globe.

The terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" have often been used by Trump in connection any critical news reports.

Marjorie Pritchard, a deputy managing editor of the Globe who oversees the paper's editorial page, said the effort is an attempt to show the country that the media is not the "enemy of the American people", as President Trump has stated in the past.

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Trump has long rallied against so-called "fake news", branding some of America's largest media outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, as such.

"If you haven't already, please subscribe to your local papers", said the Times, whose opinion section also summarised other editorials across the country.

The Boston Globe: The newspaper that initiated the campaign published an editorial on Wednesday titled "Journalists are not the enemy".

The Philadelphia Inquirer: The morning daily wrote that Trump's war on the press is a war on democracy and cited Philadelphia's history as the "birthplace of democracy" and also one of the "birthplaces of a free press" and that it intends to continue that legacy. "We stand with our colleagues", the paper's editorial board wrote.

The Boston Globe, which led calls for the media campaign, wrote that "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 U.S. administration are the "enemy of the people".

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