Growing disquiet at the poisonous political atmosphere has prompted newspapers large and small to speak with one voice in defence of press freedoms, citing the ideals enshrined in the US constitution as a bulwark against further undermining of the media.
In an impassioned opinion piece the NYT editorial board, it wrote: “In 2018, some of the most damaging attacks are coming from government officials. Criticizing the news media — for underplaying or overplaying stories, for getting something wrong — is entirely right. News reporters and editors are human, and make mistakes. Correcting them is core to our job. But insisting that truths you don’t like are ‘fake news’ is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy. And calling journalists the ‘enemy of the people’ is dangerous, period.
“These attacks on the press are particularly threatening to journalists in nations with a less secure rule of law and to smaller publications in the United States, already buffeted by the industry’s economic crisis. And yet the journalists at those papers continue to do the hard work of asking questions and telling the stories that you otherwise wouldn’t hear.”
In response the papers, which include The Cape Cod Chronicle, The Chagrin Valley Times & The Miami Herald are calling on the American public to fightback by subscribing to their local paper and reversing the decline in print media.