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200 newspapers join Globe effort on freedom of the press editorials

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 8/14/2018 By Jaclyn Reiss

Around 200 news publications across the United States have committed to a Boston Globe-coordinated effort to run editorials on Thursday promoting the freedom of the press, in light of President Trump’s frequent attacks on the media.

Some of the most respected and widely circulated newspapers in the country have committed to taking a stand in their editorial pages, including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Sun-Times. The list ranges from large metropolitan dailies to small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000.

The Globe initiative comes amid 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.

‘‘We are not the enemy of the people,’’ Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor of the Globe’s opinion page, told the AP last week.

The Globe’s request to denounce the “dirty war against the free press” has been promoted by industry groups such as the American Society of News Editors, as well as regional groups like the New England Newspaper and Press Association. The request also suggested editorial boards take a 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 Globe appeal said.

As of last Friday, 70 newspapers had committed to the initiative. By Tuesday, that number had grown to about 200.

Pritchard previously said the decision to call on newspapers was reached after Trump appeared to step up his rhetoric in recent weeks. He called the media “fake, fake disgusting news” at an Aug. 2 rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

‘‘Whatever happened to the free press? Whatever happened to honest reporting?’’ he asked at the rally, pointing to journalists covering the event. ‘‘They don’t report it. They only make up stories.’’

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.’’

This isn’t the first time the Globe’s opinion board has taken a stand against Trump and his policies. In April 2016, while Trump was still campaigning for president, the Globe’s opinion page ran a scathing editorial in its Sunday edition, accompanied by a satirical front page envisioning an America under a Trump presidency. Trump called the Globe “stupid” and “worthless” that Sunday during a rally in New York.

The following is a list of news organizations that have committed to running editorials on Aug. 16:

Akron Beacon Journal

Ames Tribune

Anderson Observer

Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Daily Sun

Athens News

Athol Daily News

Atlantic City Weekly

Austin American Statesman

Bangor Daily News

Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer, Manchester Journal

Bismarck Tribune

Bluff Country Newspaper Group (six separate newspapers)

Boise Weekly

Boston Business Journal

Bozeman Chronicle

Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer, Burlington County Times

Cannon Beach Gazette

Cape Cod Chronicle

Cape Cod Times

Center for Public Integrity

Chagrin Valley Times

Chicago Sun Times

Chronicle Express


Cincinnati City Beat

Columbian Progress

Columbus Dispatch

Commercial Review

Connersville News-Examiner

Crawford County Independent

Daily Free Press

Daily Globe

Daily Hampshire Gazette

Daily Herald

Daily Times

Dallas News

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Deadline Detroit

Deerfield Valley News

Denton Record--Chronicle

Denver Post

Des Moines Register

DeWitt Observer

Dixon’s Independent Voice

Dodgeville Chronicle

Duluth News Tribune

Dyersville Commercial, Manchester Press and Cascade Pioneer

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

El Diario

Erie Times News

Essex Media Group

Essex Media Group

Eugene Weekly

Examiner Media: The Examiner, White Plains Examiner, Northern Westchester Examiner, Putnam Examiner

Falls City Journal

Farmington Daily Times

Fayette Advocate

Folio weekly

Forum Home

Francesville Tribune

Freeman South Dakota Editorial

Garden City News

Gaston Gazette

Grant County Herald

Greenboro Reporter

Greenwood Commonwealth

Griggs County Courier and Steel County Press

Hardwick Gazette

Hartford Courant

Highlands News Sun

Hillsboro Free Press

Houston Chronicle

Idyllwild Town Crier

Insider NJ

Islip Bulletin

and Long Island Advance

and Suffolk County News

Jamestown Sun

Johnson Newspaper Corp. (5 dailies and 12 weeklies)

Journal Star of Peoria

Kansas City Star

Kenosha News

Kokomo Tribune

La Opinión

Lake Geneva Regional News

Lakeville Journal

and Millerton News


LNP Lancaster online

Longview News Journal

Los Alamos Daily Post

Martha’s Vineyard Times

McCluskey Gazette

Miami Herald

Milton Times

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Morgan County News

Mountrail County Promoter

Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror

New York Times

Newport This Week

News and Tribune

North Coast Journal

North Shore News Group (six community newspapers)

Omaha World-Herald

Orange County Register

Philadelphia Inquirer

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Plympton-Halifax Express

Portland Press Herald (Portland), Kennebec Journal (Augusta), Morning Sentinel (Waterville)

Progress Index

Providence Journal

Provincetown Banner

QNS. Queens Courier, Ridgewood Times

Ransom County Gazette and The Sargent County Teller

Rapid City Journal

Rappahannock News (Washington, Va.), the Culpeper Times (Culpeper, Va.), (Northern Virginia’s leading news website

Real Change News

Register Mail


Ripon Press

Rochester City News

Rochester City News

S. Florida Sun Sentinel

Sag Harbor Express

San Antonio Express

San Diego Tribune

San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times

Sante Fe New Mexican

Seaford and Laurel Stars (Morningstar Publications)

Seward Independent (four publications)

Siuslaw News (Society of Professional Journalists - Region 3)

SLO Tribune

South Bend Tribune

Springfield Republican

St. Ignace News and Mackinac Island Town Crier

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Star Democrat

Star News

Steele Ozone and Kidder County Press

Storm Lake Times


Swift County Monitor

Swift County Monitor-News, Benson, MN

Grant County Herald, Elbow Lake, MN

Tampa Bay Times

The Altamont Enterprise & Albany County Post

The Beaver County Times and the Ellwood City Ledger

The Chronicle

The Commons

The Courier-Times (New Castle)

The Daily Item

The Guadalupe County Communicator

The Hub City Post

The Jefferson Chronicle

The Journal News/

The News Herald

The North Coast Journal

The Oakridger

The Plymouth Review

The Providence Journal

The Queens Courier and Ridgewood Times

The Sentinel of Gloucester County

The Shelbyville News

The Slidell Independent

The Standard

The Star News and Courier Sentinel

Times of North Little Rock

Times Tribune

Tomahawk Leader

Topeka Capital-Journal


Triad City Beat

Tucson Sentinel

Tulsa World

Union County Leader

Valencia News Bulletin

Van Buren County Democrat


Wapakenta Daily News

Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (80 member newspapers)

Wellesley Report

Whitman-Hanson Express

Whitman-Hanson Express/Plympton-Halifax Express

Wisconsin Gazette

Yankton County Observer

Yellow Springs News


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