President Donald Trump sent out a Thursday-morning tweetstorm attacking the news media in response to the hundreds of editorials published earlier in the day decrying his attacks on the press.
“THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY,” he tweeted. “It is very bad for our Great Country….BUT WE ARE WINNING!”
Hundreds of US newspapers banded together in a coordinated effort to push back against the president’s near-constant bashing of media outlets and journalists he has branded as “fake news” or the “enemy of the people.”
The effort, which featured newspapers publishing editorials arguing that the attacks were unjustified and that reporters were not the enemy of the people, was led by The Boston Globe. As of Thursday morning, more than 350 publications participated in the initiative. You can see a full list of the newsrooms here.
“The Boston Globe, which was sold to the the Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR,” Trump tweeted. “Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. PROVE IT!”
Reporters were quick to fact-check Trump’s second tweet, noting that his numbers were incorrect.
“The NYT bought the Boston Globe for $1.1 billion, not $1.3 billion or $2.1 billion,” tweeted Daniel Dale, a Washington correspondent for The Toronto Star. “It sold the Globe for $70 million, not one dollar.”
Hadas Gold, a CNN reporter, echoed Dale, saying the Globe was sold for $70 million.
In Trump’s third tweet, he said there “is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.” He continued: “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!”