More than 400 news publications across the United States joined the Boston Globe this week in a nationwide editorial push to promote freedom of the press.
The initiative was prompted by the president’s repeated verbal attacks on journalists, calling mainstream press organizations “fake news” and “the enemy of the American people.” Tensions came to a boil in early August when CNN reporter Jim Acosta walked out of a press briefing after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders refused to refute Trump’s “enemy of the people” comments.
Editorials and columns from Wisconsin newspapers include:
- Our Free Press, The Platteville Journal
- Truth can survive ‘fake news’; it cannot survive disinterest, Beloit Daily News
- This dirty war against the press must end, The Plymouth Review
- One thing worse than the ‘enemies of the American people’ …, Ripon Commonwealth Press
- As Founders intended, democracy functions best with a free, independent press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Time to stand up for a free press: We’re not the enemy, Lake Geneva Regional News
- Nothing ‘fake’ about this: Working hard to inform, Kenosha News
- Don’t Dismiss, Debate!, Fennimore Times
- Phrases damaging for free press, Leader-Telegram
- Trump is an enemy of the truth, Wisconsin State Journal
- A Bird’s Eye View, (Withee) O-W Enterprise
- Newspapers Stand Up, Edgerton Reporter
- Journalists are the people’s best friend, (West Bend) Daily News
- We’ve Been Complacent, The (Random Lake) Sounder
- We are not the enemy of the people, Spring Valley & Elmwood Sun-Argus
- We aren’t the enemy of the people, The (Janesville) Gazette
- There’s nothing fake about the need for a free press, La Crosse Tribune
- Is free press a necessity?, Crawford County Independent & the Kickapoo Scout
- We’ve been complacent for too long, Cornell Courier
- The free press is not the enemy of the people, McFarland Thistle
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