Free Press Group-Think

Free Press Group-Think

The Boston Globe organized an editorial writing campaign last week. The idea was for independent newspapers to tell Trump to stop calling them “the enemy of the people.” All on the same day.

Three hundred plus papers including the New York Times obliged.

Some of the editorials also complained about Trump calling the media an “opposition party.” But here’s Jim Rutenberg in the NY Times two years ago:

If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional.

Free Press Group-Think

Others like the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post took a pass on the campaign. Carl Cannon in Real Clear Politics called the joint effort “group-think.” And he recalled H.L. Menken’s journalistic advice to “be a party of one.”

Jack Shafer in Politico added this bit of  advice:

Editorial pages of America, don’t unite! Think for yourselves! Reject this stupid pro-press assignment!

He also agreed with Cannon that the whole scheme played into Trump’s tiny hands. (Okay, he didn’t really say “tiny.”)






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4 Responses to Free Press Group-Think

  1. Marie Wilkinson says:

    The opposition party, the enemy of the people and the arm of the democrat party. Are there really people out there who don’t see that? Unfathomable!

  2. scruffyleon says:

    “Let’s all agree to say at the same time, ‘There is no collusion going on with the Media.'”
    Ready? 1, 2, 3, Go

  3. Peter Jay says:

    I request that you modify the cartoon to show the dog lifting his leg on the newspaper. Who reads them anyway?

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