Newspaper editorials across US rebuke Trump for attacks on the press

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The president went on to point out that fake news is very bad for the country.

On Thursday morning, Trump again took to Twitter to denounce "fake news".

Donald Trump has lashed out against hundreds of USA newspapers that published editorials on Thursday defending press freedom and denouncing his constant attacks on the media.

One newspaper that did not particpate in the Globe's call for an editorial response was the Capital Gazette in Maryland, the site of a recent mass shooting that left five employees of the small newsroom dead. 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.

The president in a barrage of tweets reacted to the coordinated editorials against him: "THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY".

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.

Also Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution that "affirms the press is not the enemy of the people" and "condemns the attacks on the institution of the free press".

The initiative was started by "The Boston Globe" in response to Donald Trump deriding media reports as "fake news" and calling journalists enemies of the people.

"If you haven't already, please subscribe to your local papers", said the Times, whose opinion section also summarised other editorials across the country.

The Boston Globe, in the editorial, headlined "Journalists Are Not The Enemy", argued that a free press had been a core American principle for more than 200 years.

The San Francisco Chronicle will not be participating in Thursday's joint effort. But, he said, the newspaper values independence - a sentiment that was shared by the Los Angeles Times. The paper also quoted the United Nations high commissioner for human rights who said on Monday that Trump's anti-press statements are "close" to inciting violence against journalists.

We're just not coordinating with other news organisations because the president's opinion, frankly, is not just that important to us. "We stand with our colleagues", the paper's editorial board wrote.

"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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