Donald Trump Mocks 'Fake News Media' as ‘Opposition Party’

Donald Trump Mocks 'Fake News Media' as ‘Opposition Party’

The group said that while US press freedom is enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, it "has been under increasing attack over the past few years, and the first year of President Donald J Trump's presidency has fostered further decline in journalists' right to report".

The Globe's initiative aims to denounce "the war against the free press" and it suggested that editorial boards take a stand against Trump's words regardless of their politics.

The president was quick to respond...

He slammed such negative coverage by The New York Times, CNN and The Washington Post as "fake news" and called these organizations "the enemy of the American people".

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people".

The publications running editorials Thursday included the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Miami Herald.

What the president may not realize is that the phrase has also been used repeatedly by dictators over the course of history.

In Belen, New Mexico, the Valencia County News-Bulletin wrote that "We are not the enemy; We are the people".

And Venezuela's former socialist president, Hugo Chavez, has referred to political dissenters as "enemies of the homeland".

More news: Aretha Franklin celebrated at Sunday service at father’s Baptist church in Detroit
More news: Djokovic beats Federer to complete Masters sweep
More news: Gmail Brings Its Confidential Mode To Mobile 08/17/2018

"At a practical level, we journalists sit through boring government meetings and learn about public school financing formulas, so you don't have to", said The Arizona Daily Star.

Newspapers from ME to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" with a co-ordinated series of editorials in defence of a free press on Thursday - and, not surprisingly, Trump didn't take it silently.

CNN, which has been labeled as "fake news" by the president a couple of times, including last month when he refused to take a question from journalist Jim Acosta at a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, wrote in a news story: "The campaign is significant because it moves the conversation about Trump's attacks out of Washington and NY and into communities across the country".

So, many Americans no longer debate facts; instead we get exaggeration, personal attacks, doctrinaire stances and a nation that is badly fractured.

Trump's definition of "fake news" is anything that's critical of him, and he has applied it to every major news organization except Fox News, which regularly beats the drum for reactionary conservative thought and from which he seems to draw most of his weirdest policy proposals. "I truly believe that America always solves its problems and combating risky and irresponsible attacks on journalism is no exception", Schumer said in a statement. But, he said, the newspaper values independence - a sentiment that was shared by the Los Angeles Times.

"The impact of Trump's assault on journalism looks different in Boise than it does in Boston", she wrote in the pitch to other papers.

"We noted with regret the hurtful nature of his remarks last month calling most journalists dishonest even as we attended funerals for five friends and colleagues killed in the June 28 attack on our newsroom", it added.

"Trump's references to us as the "enemy of the American People" are no less unsafe because they happen to be strategic", the Kansas City Star wrote. Freeman wrote that Trump has the right to free speech as much as his media adversaries.

Related Articles

  • Harry Kane to get chance to break August duck for Tottenham

    Harry Kane to get chance to break August duck for Tottenham

    Here are three possible ways Fulham could line up at Wembley, as the club seeks their first league points of the season. Before moving to Spurs for $25million back in January, Lucas Moura had started exactly zero games in the Ligue 1.
    Afghanistan announces Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

    Afghanistan announces Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

    He said: "The ceasefire should be observed from both sides, and its continuation and duration also depend on the Taliban's stand". The battle for Ghazni killed at least 100 members of the Afghan security forces and 35 civilians, according to Afghan officials.
    Man Utd and Chelsea circle as Ramsey talks stall

    Man Utd and Chelsea circle as Ramsey talks stall

    But the RedTop do still think that Arsenal will convince him to stay, despite listing all the possible clubs he could go to. The Welsh midfielder has been holding out for a contract worth around £250,000-per-week.
  • Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull abandons greenhouse gas target

    Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull abandons greenhouse gas target

    Mr Abbott deposed Mr Turnbull as leader of the conservative Liberal Party in 2009 over differences in energy policy. "I'm focused on getting energy prices down and I'll leave you to all of the speculation", he told the ABC .
    Son's arrival unable to inspire comeback win for South Korea

    Son's arrival unable to inspire comeback win for South Korea

    He's at the Asian Games in Indonesia as one of the three wildcard - or overage players - in the under-23 South Korean squad. South Korea coach Kim Hak-bum admitted he made a tactical blunder by rotating his players too early in the tournament.
    Winx wins record 26th race to overhaul Black Caviar

    Winx wins record 26th race to overhaul Black Caviar

    After putting the race to bed in a matter of strides, Bowman eased Winx down late to pose for the photo in front of a rapturous Randwick crowd.
  • Whiteboards used as Gatwick flight information screens fail

    Whiteboards used as Gatwick flight information screens fail

    The airport, which is 30 miles south of London and Britain's second busiest , said the problem was a result of "an ongoing issue with Vodafone ", its IT provider, and directed passengers to the "temporary flight boards" or listen for announcements.
    Bridge search ends as family's bodies found

    Bridge search ends as family's bodies found

    Bagnasco told the mourners that Pope Francis had called him Friday evening to express his closeness to all those suffering. Mourners also included the city's two football squads, Genoa and Sampdoria, who have postponed their weekend matches.
    Djokovic closing in on incredible record

    Djokovic closing in on incredible record

    Djokovic had to work for more than two and a half hours to overcome Cilic, the 2016 champion in the combined WTA and ATP event. Momentum was wrestled back by Djokovic in the final set, the Serbian securing a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory.
  • Shots fired at US embassy in Ankara, no casualties

    Shots fired at US embassy in Ankara, no casualties

    The embassy was set to be closed this week for a public holiday to mark the Islamic Eid Al Adha festival. Police were dispatched after the shooting about 5am and were searching for the vehicle .

    North Korea to host emotional family reunions

    But Seoul has failed to persuade Pyongyang to accept its long-standing call for more frequent reunions with more participants. The two Koreas have held 20 rounds of face-to-face family reunions since the first-ever inter-Korean summit in 2000.

    It Turns Out Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves Might Actually Be Married

    The two were speaking about their roles in the upcoming rom-com Destination Wedding when Ryder dropped the bombshell. Reeves was a little confused with Ryder reminding him they went through the whole ceremony and said their " I dos ".