By Justin Silverman
In an effort to counter the anti-media rhetoric being expressed by President Trump, The Boston Globe called on newspapers throughout the country to publish editorials today emphasizing the value of journalism and a free press. According to the Globe:
A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather ‘The enemy of the people.’ This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences.
Below are editorials appearing throughout New England. If you know of others, please email links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The President Wants You to Think We’re the Enemy. Here’s What We Really Do
The Hartford Courant
Perspective on Truth, Lies, Respect and Hate
The Lakeville Journal and the Millerton News
A Free Press is the Best Defense Against Tyranny
Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel
The Best Defense Against Tyranny is a Free and Independent Press
The Portland Press Herald
We Stand for Press Freedom
Trump’s Assaults on Press are Assaults on Democracy
The Berkshire Eagle
Journalists Are Not the ‘Enemy of the People,’ They Are the People
The Daily Free Press
Journalists Performing Public Service Are Not the Enemy
Daily Hampshire Gazette
We Are Not the Enemy; We Are You
The Sun Chronicle
Business Community Must Reject Attacks on the Press
Boston Business Journal
The Cape Cod Chronicle
Trump, Tweets and the Truth
Cape Cod Times
Trump’s Attacks on the Press
The Provincetown Banner
Officials are Accountable Because of the Free Press
Is Humble Wellesley News Site an ‘Enemy of the People’?
The Swellesley Report
We (Are Not the Enemy of) the People
The Daily Item
Journalists are Not the Enemy
The Boston Globe
Enemy of None
Martha’s Vineyard Times
The Need for a Free Press
The Inquirer and Mirror
Enemies of the People
Precious Priority: A Free Press
Trump Attacks the Messenger
News Media Standing Up to Trump
The Newport Daily News
A Response to President Trump’s Continued Attacks on the Media
The Westerly Sun
‘Enemies of the People’ is Just Trump Nonsense
The Valley Breeze
Press Freedom is a Vermont Value
Manchester Journal, Bennington Banner and the Brattleboro Reformer
Truly Fake News
The Hardwick Gazette
An Essential Part of Our Democracy
The Free Press Embodies the Free Press
Burlington Free Press
‘Enemy of the People’?
Addison County Independent, The Reporter and the Mountain Times
Enemy of the American People?
Milton Independent, Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun
False Narrative of ‘Fake News’ is the Real Threat
The Deerfield Valley News
No, Mr. President, The Press is Not an ‘Enemy of the People’
Stowe Reporter, Waterbury Record, News & Citizen of Morrisville, Shelburne News and The Citizen of Charlotte/Hinesburg
Yes, We are the Enemy
Justin Silverman is executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition.
NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.
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