It is no longer baffling that numerous newspapers and media outlets from all directions, coast-to-coast, state-to-state embarked on what has been named a “widespread effort” just days ago with the undisguised effort at fighting the never-ending
attacks from President Trump.
The number has been dubbed at the minimum: Three-hundred (300) newspapers have concerted their efforts as one and all, with the ostensible reason for clarity’s sake: To make a formidable stand to disseminate the role journalists play and how the fact that journalism occupies a positive position in society.
It did send untold cheer when Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe, sent requests to other
nationwide editors with the aim at “combating frequent attacks made on the press by Trump.”
The response was so endearing.
Newspapers, whether considered “big or small,” immediately joined the effort.
To make the media’s response ultra-clear, the newspapers that lent their swift participation did not come from the
so-called “blue states.”
It is understandable that this column’s space does not have the capacity to include all the newspapers that rallied to
the cause for journalism to proceed in its mission: To make the news available to all members of the American populace
in the undiluted form that has been the age-old practice of the profession.
The nation’s readership can attest to the origin of Trump’s severe accusations and criticism that go back to his
quest for the presidency as underscored in his campaigns.
Such adjectives joined the Trump movement: “Fake, fake disgusting news.”
Very early in his term, Trump ridiculed the media in his announcement of the “fake news awards,” as he threatened
to “enact libel laws,” at the same time, continued to attack news outlets via Twitter, his most well-used methodology.
One of Trump’s most recent attacks on the press: “The Fake News Media Is The Opposition Party. It is very bad
for our Great Country…BUT WE ARE WINNING!”
Trump’s negative remarks laid emphasis on The Boston Globe, as he claimed how he “supports freedom of the
press, but that much of what it says is Fake News, pushing a political agenda or just plan trying to hurt people.”
What has been markedly illustrated are poll results. One of such polls was published by the Quinnipiac University
that found how 51 percent of Republicans believe the media is the enemy of the people.
However, the same poll mentioned above, reported that 44 percent of American voters have expressed strong concerns that Trump’s criticism of the media will lead to violence directed against people who work for and in media.
In the meantime, the issue arising from the revocation of security clearances has grabbed a major portion of
the spotlight on a “free an independent press,” widely-known as one of the most “sacred principles embodied in the
One newspaper in the Mid-West defended itself against allegations of Trump bashing. Its main theme was against
“allegations of Trump-bashing.”
The same news daily mentioned above stated how it was “issuing a respectful and urgent request for Trump to
stop belittling and insulting working reporters and to stop lumping together legitimate media outlets and propaganda ,”
that are really “meant to mislead and misinform for self-serving purposes.”
In a separate news, the Radio Television Digital News Association has given its continued support to all
its members that wish to stress their points of view through their particular way of providing information to listeners.
At this stage of the Trump presidency, more and more independent writers, unaffiliated with news organizations
have been inspired to express their own voices as they’ve individually explained: “There is no vigorous debate without
a free and independent press.”