“The dirty war on the free press must end.”
Since election day in 2016, various media outlets have attacked Trump and his supporters on a near daily basis. Yet when Trump refers to fake news as an enemy of the people, they become outraged and claim he is attacking the free press.
The Boston Globe has decided to organize a protest in print, proving once again that the media thinks it is part of the resistance. Brian Stelter of CNN is pretty excited about this:
More than 100 newspapers will publish editorials decrying Trump’s anti-press rhetoric
“The dirty war on the free press must end.”
That’s the idea behind an unusual editorial-writing initiative that has enlisted scores of newspapers across America.
The Boston Globe has been contacting newspaper editorial boards and proposing a “coordinated response” to President Trump’s escalating “enemy of the people” rhetoric.
“We propose to publish an editorial on August 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 in its pitch to fellow papers.
The effort began just a few days ago.
As of Saturday, “we have more than 100 publications signed up, and I expect that number to grow in the coming days,” Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN.
The American Society of News Editors, the New England Newspaper and Press Association and other groups have helped her spread the word.
“The response has been overwhelming,” Pritchard said. “We have some big newspapers, but the majority are from smaller markets, all enthusiastic about standing up to Trump’s assault on journalism.”
Does anyone remember anything like this happening when Obama was using the power of the government to spy on and investigate journalists? Of course not. That was… different somehow.
And remember, this is the same media which threatened to dox the guy who made a funny gif of Trump fighting CNN in a wrestling ring, harassed an old woman on her front lawn and basically accused her of being a Russian agent, and supports the de-platforming of people they don’t like.
This story sparked quite a reaction on Twitter. Via Twitchy:
You people aren’t the story. Get over yourselves. The country has. https://t.co/lgzQroA15o
— Mr. Vol (@MrVol74) August 11, 2018
Brilliant! A coordinated effort by the press against Trump will not confirm Trump support’s prior beliefs about the political motivations of the Press at all. ????♂️ https://t.co/ocXmylYNBV
— Shadowbans of the Empire (@ThePeteAwakens) August 11, 2018
Can’t make this stuff up — MSM takes a coordinated stand against the President who complains that the MSM is always coordinating against him. https://t.co/I1OZMV0CRu
— Madisonian Freedom (@Madison4Freedom) August 11, 2018
trump: the press is a unitary voice with an agenda
press: we must speak our agenda with one voice! https://t.co/zjiADyGixv
— wyatt tomorrow (@BltProofDiction) August 11, 2018
I wonder what percentage of them support de-platforming. https://t.co/nS9ijdfu5j
— Andrew “Now cool enough for an ETH scam” Glidden (@asglidden) August 11, 2018
Here’s a thought:
How about 100 newspapers get together in solidarity and publish the truth and stop trying to spin and sensationalize everything (including, ironically, Trump’s comments about the press). That would be a whole lot more impressive
— Leonydus Johnson (@LeonydusJohnson) August 11, 2018
Maybe 100+ newspapers should coordinate an editorial against anti-press violence carried out by left-wing agitators. This isn’t the first time in the last year, either… https://t.co/iDkYgYGTgd
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) August 12, 2018
It’s important to remember that an effort like this rarely appears out of thin air. So where did the press come up with this? Could it be based on a recent suggestion from far left columnist Thomas Friedman?
Eddie Scarry writes at the Washington Examiner:
Thomas Friedman: Media should work together to hurt Trump
Liberal New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said the news media should work together and saturate the public with negative coverage of President Trump in order to erode his popularity among Republican voters.
Friedman said in an op-ed published Wednesday afternoon that if the media emphasize Trump’s personality instead of news about the strong economy, it may discourage GOP voters from continuing to support the president and benefit Democrats.
“Some healthy soul searching is taking place in newsrooms across the country these days over whether the mainstream media should be covering President Trump’s every tweet and rally,” Friedman wrote. “My answer: Absolutely! It’s the right thing for us to do professionally, and, as last night’s election results indicated, it’s the right thing to do politically if you want to see a check on Donald Trump’s power.”
As Professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit says, “Just think of the media as Democratic operatives with bylines.”
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