by WorldTribune Staff, August 12, 2018
The Boston Globe has spearheaded an effort in which it says more than 100 newspapers will publish an editorial as a “coordinated response” to President Donald Trump’s frequent tweets which refer to some in the major media as the “enemy of the people.”
“We propose to publish an editorial on Aug. 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,” The Globe said.
Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN that, as of Aug. 11, the newspaper had “more than 100 publications signed up, and I expect that number to grow in the coming days.”
Trump has consistently said that the media he refers to as the “enemy of the people” are those outlets which peddle “fake news.”
The American Society of News Editors, the New England Newspaper and Press Association and other groups helped contribute to what Pritchard said was an “overwhelming” response to the Aug. 16 editorial proposal.
“We have some big newspapers, but the majority are from smaller markets, all enthusiastic about standing up to Trump’s assault on journalism,” Pritchard said, adding that each newspaper will write its own editorial.
“The impact of Trump’s assault on journalism looks different in Boise than it does in Boston,” Pritchard said. “Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming.”
Pritchard said she expects differing views from the editorials, “but the same sentiment: The importance of a free and independent press.”