Trump slams media as 'opposition party' while papers defend free press

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"Unable to carry on in the light, the president attempts to drag us all into a dark labyrinth where rules don't apply and some vacant concept of winning seems attainable", said the Record-Journal in Meriden, Connecticut.

Throughout his campaign and after he was elected, Trump has regularly derided the media, labelling them as "fake news" and calling them the "enemy of the people".

Trump has frequently criticized journalists and described news reports that contradict his opinion or policy positions as fake news. "They are very unsafe & sick!"

Trump has stated a number of times that he believes the media covers him unfairly, often characterizing news organizations as "fake news" and journalists as his true political opponents.

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More than 300 newspapers - in major metropolitan areas and small towns and in red states and blue - wrote editorials denouncing Trump's attacking the news media as "the enemy of the people".

What have the newspapers said? In the piece, the editorial board wrote that the liberty of the press has been a foundational American principle for more than two centuries. "To label the press "the enemy of the people" is as un-American as it is unsafe to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries".

"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. The movement was initially pushed by the Boston Globe. "And calling journalists the "enemy of the people" is risky, period". "Correcting them is core to our job", the Times said. The paper also quoted the United Nations high commissioner for human rights who said on Monday that Trump's anti-press statements are "close" to inciting violence against journalists.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press.

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