Media isn’t people’s enemy, U.S. Senate tells President Trump

The vote comes after more than 300 hundred USA newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.

In a series of morning Twitter posts, Trump said The Boston Globe was "in collusion" with other newspapers for leading the editorial effort. "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", Trump wrote.

Thursday afternoon, the US Senate passed a resolution from Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressing support for the media and stating that the press is "not the enemy of the people".

On Thursday, more than 100 newspapers from across the country joined together to condemn the president's aggressive attacks on the media.

The Globe's editorial accused Trump of carrying out a "sustained assault on the free press".

Trump has frequently criticized journalists and described news reports that contradict his opinion or policy positions as fake news.

The New York Times's editorial board wrote: "Criticising the news media - for underplaying or overplaying stories, for getting something wrong - is entirely right". In true Trump style, he followed that up by saying "we are winning" the fight.


Kentucky's Morehead News, located in an area that voted for Trump in 2016, ran a editorial with the headline: "Trump using Nazi game plan in media bashing". "I truly believe that America always solves its problems and combating unsafe and irresponsible attacks on journalism is no exception", Schumer said in a statement.

For The Sun Chronicle and the San Diego Tribune to have editorials responding to the same issue on a random Thursday in August is a coincidence. "Correcting them is core to our job", the Times said.

"For more than two centuries, this foundational American principle has protected journalists at home and served as a model for free nations overseas".

The editorial board for the Capital Gazette in Annapolis wrote that the newspaper is more concerned with how its community sees it.

"It will provide Trump with circumstantial evidence of the existence of a national press cabal that has been convened exclusively to oppose him", Shafer said.

But the newspaper said it would "continue to speak out against this president's war on the free press", doing it "in our own way, on our own timetable".


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