Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump Homes In on 'the Fake News Media' as 'Opposition Party'

Trump Homes In on 'the Fake News Media' as 'Opposition Party'

"THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY", Trump exclaimed on Twitter. "We're afraid, for our personal safety and for the future of our country", write the editorial boards of the San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times.

Trump has labelled the media as being the "enemy of the American people", "very dishonest" and "fake news", and he has accused the press of distorting democracy and spreading conspiracy theories and blind hatred.

The New York Times calls Trump's attacks as unsafe to the lifeblood of democracy, while the Topeka Capital-Journal in Kansas which endorsed Trump in 2016 says they're sinister and destructive and must end now.

Trump doubled down on his criticism on Thursday in a fresh, three-part tweetstorm attacking the media.

The New York Times added a pitch. "PROVE IT!" he said. "Today, every senator upheld that oath by sending a message that we support the First Amendment, and we support the freedom of the press in the face of these attacks".

Trump tweeted that he supports a free press but much of what the U.S. press prints is "fake news".

The Baltimore Sun: Employing a measured tone, the newspaper's editorial board revealed they had "mixed emotions" about The Boston Globe's call.

The resolution also mentioned quotes from previous US presidents, including the Founding Fathers, who revered a free and independent press.

A quarter of Americans and almost half of Republicans now agree with the view that the president should be able to close news outlets for bad behavior, according to a recent poll quoted in the Globe. And keep in mind to subscribe to your local paper. "Our reporters and editors strive for fairness". "But insisting that truths you don't like are "fake news" is unsafe to the lifeblood of democracy". They also wrote that it is "un-American" and "dangerous" to label the media the enemy of the people.

Thursday's editorials came as the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution, "reaffirming the vital and indispensable role the free press serves".

The Hillsboro Tribune in OR wrote: "The news isn't "fake" just because you see things differently".

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 Hazen Star of North Dakota stated, simply: "Asking hard questions is not fake news".

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