Trump says newspapers are in 'collusion' on championing a free press

Al's notes

His tweet comes amid reports that nearly 343 news outlets will be publishing coordinated editorials on Thursday which denounce the U.S. president's "dirty war" on the press.

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

Trump tweeted that he supports a free press but much of what the USA press prints is "fake news".

Trump has labelled the media as being the "enemy of the American people", "very dishonest" and "fake news", and he has accused the press of distorting democracy and spreading conspiracy theories and blind hatred.

Trump also tweeted: "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS".

Celtics legend Bill Russell, who has been a frequent critic of President Trump, said he makes an effort to buy the local paper wherever he happens to be. "Our reporters and editors strive for fairness". Brian Schatz, a Democrat, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, lawmakers affirmed "that the press is not the enemy of the people", which passed by unanimous consent. "Today, every senator upheld that oath by sending a message that we support the First Amendment, and we support the freedom of the press in the face of these attacks". He's also called media "the enemy of the American people".

Kentucky's Morehead News, located in an area that voted for Trump in 2016, ran a editorial with the headline: "Trump using Nazi game plan in media bashing".

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses members of his cabinet and the news media as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 16, 2018.

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

Or the San Francisco Chronicle.

Not all newspapers have taken part in the editorial response, however.

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

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

Growing disquiet at the poisonous political atmosphere has prompted newspapers large and small to speak with one voice in defence of press freedoms, citing the ideals enshrined in the United States constitution as a bulwark against further undermining of the media.

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