President Donald Trump continued his war against the press Thursday, blasting “the fake news media” as “the opposition party.”
But differing from past criticisms, the commander in chief at first zeroed in on “fake news media” rather than the entire press corps, which he has previously condemned as “the enemy of the people.”
“The fake news media is the opposition party,” Trump exclaimed on Twitter. “It is very bad for our great country . . . but we are winning!”
Trump’s missive came hours after many newspapers across the country accepted The Boston Globe’s invitation to stand up for the press with editorials.
Nearly 350 news organizations have pledged to participate, according to Marjorie Pritchard, op-ed editor at the Globe.
Trump later returned to his attack message on all news media, issuing a tweet blasting the Globe for “collusion with other papers on free press” and repeating his recurring jibe at the “failing New York Times.”
He followed that with another tweet insisting he wants “true freedom of the press.”
“There is nothing that I would want more for our country than true freedom of the press,” Trump’s tweet read. “The fact is that the press is free to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is fake news, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. Honesty wins!”
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