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Friday, August 10, 2018

Boston Globe and fellow media collude to condemn President Trump in a day of editorials on August 16-The Hill, AP...(Commenters: How will this be different than any other day?)

The Hill and AP articles follow about Boston Globe colluding with fellow media to condemn Trump. Trump isn’t their problem, truth is. 4 examples below (none by Trump) include that media have long been used to sell war to the masses and that media have made themselves the enemy of the American people. 

10/28/2016,Selling ‘Regime Change’ Wars to the Masses,Consortium News, John Pilger 

Respectable liberal newspapers such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian, and mainstream broadcasters such as the BBC, NBC, CBS, CNN have played a critical role in conditioning their viewers to accept a new and dangerous Cold War. All have misrepresented events in Ukraine as a malign act by Russia when, in fact, the coup in Ukraine in 2014 was the work of the United States, aided by Germany and NATO….In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor said of the German media: “Before every major aggression, they initiated a press campaign calculated to weaken their victims and to prepare the German people psychologically for the attack. In the propaganda system, it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons.””
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1/24/18, John Pilger: Media in the West is now an extension of imperial power. It is no longer a loose extension, it is a direct extension. Whether or not it has fallen out with Donald Trump is completely irrelevant. It is lined up with all the forces that want to get rid of Donald Trump. He is not the one they want in the White House….Something has changed. Although the media was always a loose extension of capital power, it is now almost fully integrated. Dissent, once tolerated in the mainstream, has now regressed to a metaphoric underground as liberal capitalism moves toward a form of corporate dictatorship.
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1/24/18, Dennis Bernstein: “It has come to the point where to tell the truth is to commit professional suicide.”
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9/27/2012,Pat Caddell Says: Media Have Become “Enemy of the American People”, Roger Aronoff, AIM 

“The press’s job is to stand in the ramparts and protect the liberty and freedom of all of us from a government and from organized governmental power. When they desert those ramparts and go to serve—to decide that they will now become an active participants—when they decide that their job is not simply to tell you who you may vote for, and who you may not, but, worse—and this is the danger of the last two weeks—what truth that you may know, as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know, they have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy and, in my opinion, made themselves the enemy of the American people. And it is a threat to the very future of this country if…we allow this stuff to go on, and…we’ve crossed a whole new and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks, and it needs to be talked about.”…
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8/10/18, “Boston Globe calls on US newspapers to target Trump in coordinated editorials, The Hill, Aris Folley 

“The Boston Globe is calling on newspapers across the country to publish editorials taking a stand against President Trump’s repeated attacks on the media.

The Associated Press reported Friday that the Globe is calling for the editorial boards of other newspapers to publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing the Trump administration’s “dirty war against the free press.”

Marjorie Pritchard, the deputy managing editor of the Globe who oversees the paper’s editorial page, told the AP that dozens of newspapers have already signed on to join the coordinated effort, including larger metropolitan daily newspapers and smaller publications. The move comes days after the president ramped up his attacks on the news media, to which he has referred multiple times as the “enemy of the people.” 

Trump, on Sunday, sought to further discredit the press, saying in an early morning tweet, “They can also cause War.” 

“The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE,” he wrote. “I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division and distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous and sick!” 

The president has feuded with the media since the campaign trail, deriding coverage of himself that he views negatively as “fake news.””
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Added: AP article linked above

8/10/18, “Newspaper calls for war of words against Trump media attacks,” AP, Bob Salsberg 


We are not the enemy of the people,” said Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term “fake news” often when describing the media. 


As of Friday, Pritchard said about 70 outlets had committed to editorials so far, with the list expected to grow. The publications ranged from large metropolitan dailies, such as the Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald and Denver Post, to small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000. 

The newspaper's request was being promoted by industry groups such as the American Society of News Editors and regional groups like the New England Newspaper and Press Association. It suggested editorial boards take a common stand against Trump’s words regardless of their politics, or whether they generally editorialized in support of or in opposition to the president’s policies.

“Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming,” the appeal said, acknowledging that newspapers were likely to take different approaches. 

Pritchard, who oversees the Globe’s editorial page, said the decision to seek the coordinated response from newspapers was reached after Trump appeared to step up his rhetoric in recent weeks.

At an Aug. 2 political rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Trump told his audience that the media was “fake, fake disgusting news.” 


Pritchard said she hoped the editorials would make an impression on Americans. 

“I hope it would educate readers to realize that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable,” she said. “We are a free and independent press, it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution.””
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