The Los Angeles Times refused to participate in a nationwide newspaper editorial protest against President Donald trump’s attacks on the press, saying the newspaper valued its independence.
Times Editorial Page Editor Nicholas Goldberg explained the decision in a column posted on the newspaper’s website Thursday.
“More than 300 newspapers around the country will participate today in a group protest of President Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media,” he said. “Each of the papers will publish editorials — their own separate editorials, in their own words — defending freedom of the press.
“The Los Angeles Times, however, has decided not to participate. There will be no free press editorial on our page today.
“This is not because we don’t believe that President Trump has been engaged in a cynical, demagogic and unfair assault on our industry. He has, and we have written about it on numerous occasions.”
Goldberg said the newspaper was not participating because “we cherish our independence.”
“The Los Angeles Times editorial board does not speak for the New York Times or for the Boston Globe or the Chicago Tribune or the Denver Post,” he said. “We share certain opinions with those newspapers; we disagree on other things.”
Goldberg explained the newspaper does not want to leave the impression “that we take our lead from others, or that we engage in groupthink.”
And he added: “We mean no disrespect to those who have decided to write on this important subject today. But we will continue to write about the issue on our own schedule.”
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