The Boston Globe wants newspapers on Thursday to editorially respond to President Trump’s attacks upon the news media
What will our local Ogden papers do?
From CNN Media:
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.
What will our local “newspapers” do? I’m not sure. Obviously, they won’t join the Boston Globe’s coordinated response to Trump. My guess is that they will probably ignore it or argue that Trump is basically right in attacking those who produce “fake news.” Of course, we’re just two weeks away from the Intelligencer’s annual self-lovefest when they celebrate their founding and tell us how fair and balanced they always are and so they may wait until then to editorialize.
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Here is a tweet from the Boston Globe’s Marjorie Pritchard justifying her call for the editorials:
This is not about being a Democrat. And this is not about being a Republican. This is about the importance of a free press, enshrined in the Constitution, something we should all get behind. https://t.co/yGXegOYB7a— marjorie pritchard (@marjoriepritch) August 11, 2018
If you want a sample of the extreme anger and hatred some Trump supporters have toward the media, click on the bird in the upper-right corner of the tweet for responses to her tweet. There is a lot of anger there. Sadly, this erosion of trust in the press may be one of the most damaging long-term effects of the Trump presidency.