The Boston Globe is calling for a coordinated editorial response from newspapers across the U.S. to counter President Trump’s frequent criticism of the media.
“We are not the enemy of the people,” Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of the Globe, referring to one of Trump’s more frequently used phrases about the media, told the Associated Press.
The Globe has contacted editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a “dirty war against the free press,” according to the AP.
At last count, Pritchard said that about 70 outlets had agreed to cooperate with the effort with the hope that it will continue to grow in the next few days. The publications that have agreed to the campaign range from small weekly newspapers to those in larger metropolitan areas like Houston, Minneapolis, and Miami.
The Globe’s effort was helped along by industry groups such as the American Society of News Editors as well as regional groups like the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Each paper will decide what to publish independently.
“Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming,” the appeal said.
Pritchard said the decision to try for a coordinated campaign was made after Trump stepped up his attacks on the media in recent weeks, which have played well with his supporters but irked journalists
“I hope it would educate readers to realize that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable,” she said. “We are a free and independent press, it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution.”
The First Amendment as defined by the press, that is.