350 Media Outlets Collude Against Trump, Launching Coordinated Attacks
Boston Globe op-ed page editor Marjorie Pritchard has organized a nationwide stance against President Trump. Today, at least 350 newspapers around the country joined Pritchard in attacking Trump for attacking the media.
“Our words will differ,” Pritchard said. “But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming.”
The media agencies claim to be defending freedom of the press by “taking a stance” against Trump for declaring news agencies “the enemies of the people.”
“We’re not the enemy of the people,” Pritchard stated. “We thought that a coordinated effort across the country would make a powerful statement about the importance of a free press.”
The Miami Herald, New York Times, and the Houston Chronicle were a few of the larger media brands to join in on the fight against Trump.
However, NOLA.com, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, decided against what seems like that of potential collusion.
We believe a local news organization’s voice should be independent.” The Picayune stated. They also stated that they feel the President’s attacks on the media should speak for themselves. In other words, the people can decide how they feel about such things.
Jack Shafer of Politico also condemned the actions of the press, saying it would likely paint the press in a bad light and potentially confirm positions against the press by those who feel such ways. In other words, it may embolden Trump’s views that the press is colluding against him.
“Most journalists agree that there’s a great need for Trump rebuttals,” Shafer writes in his article. “But this Globe-sponsored coordinated editorial response is sure to backfire: It will provide Trump with circumstantial evidence of the existence of a national press cabal that has been convened solely to oppose him.”
Shafer, of course, is correct in his assertions. He’s not defending Trump in his piece, he’s merely pointing out that massive press collusion against Trump looks like, well, press collusion against Trump.
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Worse more, this will influence little change to those who are already immersed in their information bubbles.
While President Trump may take exaggerated and overly dramatic stances against the press at times, the greater point that the press is horrible wasn’t invented by Trump. In fact, Trump’s 2016 campaign rhetoric that was largely anti-press was simply a confirmation for many who already distrusted the media after years of salacious, click-bait style headlines.
The media has proven to be untrustworthy. However, the rise in independent journalism has been a healthy infusion into media distribution. Unfortunately, tech titans such as Apple and Facebook are extremely limiting in terms of which news outlets and stories the public views.
Now, the media will make yet another horrendous, and this time coordinated, move that leads to further public distrust.
Remember, all of the participating colluding media agencies participating in this anti-Trump campaign endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016. Which begs the question, why do “unbiased” news outlets endorse any candidate at all?
Many media outlets which struggled as more and more grassroots media options took shares of their pie away likely use anti-Trump salaciousness and melodramas to boost their own ratings and viewership. Ads on mainstream media online properties are as aggressive as ever. In other words, the agenda of such inflammatory practices are likely based strictly in profit.
The media will once again appear as bitter and dishonest to a core portion of our society. But one wonders if they’d have it any other way at this juncture.
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Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.