Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning Media Attacks

Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning Media Attacks

Kerry Wise
August 17, 2018

Hundreds of US newspapers are banding together this week to fight back against President Donald Trump's "war on the free press".

In his tweet trashing the Globe, Trump claimed the "Failing " bought the newspaper for "2.1 BILLION DOLLARS" and then sold it for "1 DOLLAR" and accused the Globe of being "in COLLUSION with other papers on free press" adding "PROVE IT!"

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. At least 343 publications agreed to publish editorials Thursday against what the Globe calls Trump's "dirty war against the free press", reports the Guardian.

The resolution text was released the same day 350 newspapers ran editorials created to push back on Trump's criticisms of the media.

The New York Times editorial said it was right to criticise the news media for underplaying or overplaying stories or for getting something wrong in a story. Editors are publishing editorials defending the freedom of the press. "It is very bad for our Great Country.BUT WE ARE WINNING!" "The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. I truly believe that America always solves its problems and combating risky and irresponsible attacks on journalism is no exception", Schumer said in a statement.

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In Texas, the Dallas Morning News editorial board wrote: "Trump is, of course, not the first United States president to voice his grievances with the media".

The San Francisco Chronicle said it would not join the effort because "it plays into Trump's narrative that the media are aligned against him". But, he said, the newspaper values independence - a sentiment that was shared by the Los Angeles Times.

The Globe's call represents one side of a debate about how the media should view and respond to the president's splenetic attacks on the press - or whether it should do anything at all. "We stand with our colleagues", the paper's editorial board wrote. In the 1930's, Goebbels said: "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself".

That last sentiment made some journalists skittish.

Politico's media critic, Jack Shafer, wrote this week that the coordinated editorial response was sure to backfire.