Late last week, a call went out from the Boston Globe to newspapers across the country, encouraging them to write editorials about the important role newspapers play in our democracy. The call for editorial to run this week came in response to the charge from President Donald J. Trump that the news media is “the enemy of the people.”
Ironically, a Courier editorial on that very subject ran the day before the Globe’s invitation. The editorial was forwarded to the Globe and today it is among the editorials from more than 300 weekly and daily newspapers across the country.
This is how the Globe introduced this:
“A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country – liberal and conservative, large and small – to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words.”
“This editorial project is not against the Trump administration's agenda,” said Marjorie Pritchard, the 's deputy managing editor of the editorial page who spearheaded the effort. Rather, she said, "it's a response to put us into the public discourse and defend the First Amendment."
She said the project is important now "because the press needs to have a voice on this. ... We've done individual editorials, but I think it's, there is some strength in numbers of just defending a constitutionally enshrined pillar of democracy."
The Boston Globe includes links to all the editorials shared, including the Courier’s editorial from last week.