Being the First Amendment of the US constitution, press freedom is struggling under Donald Trump’s presidency. The US President has been attacking on the media since the presidential campaign in 2015. His latest attack came on Thursday via Twitter, criticising the press and referring them as “fake news”.
In order to promote press freedom, hundreds of US newspapers came together against Trump. Editorials were run by several newspapers from big and small markets, condemning the attacks of the US President on the media.
On Thursday, the call to run editorial by the Boston Globe was heeded by over 350 news outlets. The motive of the campaign was to promote “press freedom in light of President Trump’s frequent attacks on the media”.
Trump has been frequently criticised the press, since taking the office last year. He has often referred certain media outlets as “Fake news.” Moreover, he also addressed the news media as “enemy of the American people” multiple times.
The US President lashed out at the media again on Thursday, and tweeted, “THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY. It is very bad for our Great Country….BUT WE ARE WINNING!”
Besides, he accused the press of “pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people.”
As per Boston Globe, participating newspapers on Thursday, included states and counties, where Trump won presidential election during the 2016.
Boston Globe’s headline of the editorial read, “Journalists are not the enemy.”
Editorial board of the New York Times wrote: “Criticising the news media – for underplaying or overplaying stories, for getting something wrong – is entirely right … But insisting that truths you don’t like are ‘fake news’ is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy. And calling journalists the ‘enemy of the people’ is dangerous, period.”
This year, US dropped two spots in the annual ranking of Reporters Without Borders. The ranking was on press freedom, where the US is at 45th place out of 180 countries.
The group has blamed the attacks from Trump for “further decline in journalists’ right to report.”
An editorial with the headline, “Trump using Nazi game plan in media bashing” was run by Morehead News of Kentucky.
The editorial board of the paper wrote, “We believe the Nazi tactic of ‘the big lie’ is alive and well at the White House because of President Donald Trump’s continuing ‘fake news’ claims since the 2015 presidential campaign”
Are Trump’s consistent attacks on the press are really a Nazi game plan? Well, this is what the press believes. It is being assessed that the US President is walking on the tactics of Joseph Goebbels, who said, “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”
Will Trump’s gambit of accusing press as ‘fake’ turn in his favor? Can the press together fail him in his tactics?