U.S. media fight back against Trump attacks

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"THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY", Trump wrote on Twitter.

President Donald Trump is lashing out at the press as newspapers nationwide launch a coordinated rebuttal to his attacks against what he calls "fake news".

Leading the charge was The Boston Globe, which had issued an appeal for the drive accompanied by the hashtag #EnemyofNone that has been joined by more than 300 newspapers around the country. In February 2017, shortly after he came into office, Trump banned reporters from CNN, the BBC, and the Guardian from an off-camera press briefing.

Even the New York Post - the conservative-leaning daily owned by News Corp titan and Trump friend Rupert Murdoch - published an editorial of its own.

As The Washington Post's policy explains, the separation is meant to serve the reader, "who is entitled to the facts in the news columns and to opinions on the editorial and "op-ed" pages". "To label the press "the enemy of the people" is as un-American as it is unsafe to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries". "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. And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is risky, period".

"This Globe-sponsored coordinated editorial response is sure to backfire", Shafer wrote on Tuesday.

"The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful", the Globe said.

"Our country's leader shouldn't be making it easier for dictators to harass and silence journalists in places where freedom of the press remains a dream", wrote the Sun Sentinel, a Florida paper just down the coast from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

According to the Boston Globe, Thursday's participating newspapers are from big and small markets, including in states and counties where Trump won during the 2016 presidential election. "Correcting them is core to our job", it said.

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

"It's not that we disagree with concerns about the president's language in speeches and on social media", the editorial board said.

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

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