Many hundreds of newspapers across US spared print space on Thursday for raising a coordinated voice for the defence of press freedom and reprimanding President Trump for his repeated attacks on media and saying media firms are enemies of Americans.
More than 350 newspapers along with the Boston Globe and the New York Times had taken part in the concerted media push against the President. The newspapers were of all sizes and also came from the states in which Trump had won during his election in 2016.
All the newspapers ran unsigned editorials meaning they reflect the opinion of the editorial board on a special subject. These are usually separate from other columns of the paper. The editorial which ran in the Globe directly pointed towards Trump of carrying out continuous attacks on the media. The editorial in the Globe read as, “ the greatness of America is dependent on the role of free press to speak the truth to the powerful. To label press ‘the enemy of the people, is as un-American as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries’.
President Trump has criticized media on multiple occasions and has gone to rubbish any news which was against his views or policies as fake. His views are a reflection of the views held by many other conservatives that all news organizations distort or even make up news and deliberately leave the essential facts because of obvious biases against some politicians and even for petty gains.
The editorial which ran in the New York Times stated that it is not wrong to criticize news networks for dragging some stories while underplaying some others. It went on to state that correcting reporters and even editors is an essential part of the media business. However, terming every truth which is not acceptable to you as fake news is highly detrimental for any democracy.