More than 300 US newspapers run editorials promoting press freedom after Trump attacks on media

President Donald Trump at a press conference at Chequers in the U.K., on July 13, 2018, where he refused to answer a question by a CNN journalist

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President Donald Trump at a press conference at Chequers in the U.K., on July 13, 2018, where he refused to answer a question by a CNN journalist

The New York Times, meanwhile, acknowledged that criticism of the news media for under or overplaying stories or for errors was the correct thing to do, but stated: “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.”

It also urged people to subscribe to local newspapers, and printed excerpts of some of their editorials. In Nebraska, a state that voted 58.7 percent in favor of President Trump during the 2016 election, the Omaha World Herald stated: “History has demonstrated, time and again, the importance of journalism in shining a light on government and explaining key issues confronting communities and our nation.”

Meanwhile in North Dakota, where Trump received 63 percent of the vote, The Journal and The Tioga Tribune’s editors wrote: “Rather than entertaining the notion of silencing any opposition, citizens need now, more than ever, to challenge themselves to hear multiple views, not take the word of those attempting to quash critical thinking.”

And the editors of The Times Tribune in Corbin, Kentucky, wrote: “Our leaders — be they presidents of the nation or of the city council — do not get to choose to whom they are accountable. They are accountable to the citizenry. We intend to hold them to it. To do anything less is dereliction of our duty.”

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