USA media fight back against Trump attacks

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Newspapers from ME to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials.

"THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY", Trump wrote on Twitter.

More than 350 news outlets heeded the Boston Globe's call to runs the editorials on Thursday to promote "press freedom in light of President Trump's frequent attacks on the media".

Earlier, newsrooms across the USA hit out against Trump with a co-ordinated series of editorials condemning his attacks on "fake news" and his suggestions that journalists are the enemy.

The Boston Globe started the initiative, inviting newspapers across the country to stand up for journalists with articles on Thursday.

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"Trump quipped that reporters had the "freedom of the press" to decide whether or not to attend the remainder of the Cabinet briefing, offering them a chance to stay for the full meeting".

Trump has frequently criticized journalists and described news reports that contradict his opinion or policy positions as fake news.

"If you haven't already, please subscribe to your local papers", said the Times, whose opinion section also summarized other editorials across the country.

"The administration's continual attack on our nation's free press poses a danger to the country's freedom and democracy", said Craig Borges, The Sun Chronicle's managing editor. In true Trump style, he followed that up by saying "we are winning" the fight.

Even the New York Post - the conservative-leaning daily owned by News Corp titan and Trump friend Rupert Murdoch - published an editorial of its own.

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The Johnson Newspaper Corporation of upstate NY wrote: "The president wants his supporters to conclude that what they're learning from media outlets isn't real. well, someone who has Mr Trump's history of lying can't be taken at his word on this". "I truly believe that America always solves its problems and combating unsafe and irresponsible attacks on journalism is no exception", Schumer said in a statement.

The Senate affirmed its commitment to protecting freedom of speech and condemned recent attacks on journalists and members of the media.

"Donald Trump is not responsible for the eroding trust in the media", Finley wrote.

Thursday's editorials came as the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution, "reaffirming the vital and indispensable role the free press serves".

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