A conservative columnist and syndicated radio host contends the mainstream media clearly has forgotten their role as objective observers by firing back at a president who has described them as "enemies of the people."
In a coordinated effort on Thursday, more than a hundred newspapers around the country will publish anti-Trump editorials. The Boston Globe is organizing the effort. Deputy managing editor Marjorie Pritchard appealed to her fellow editors to combat the "dirty war on the free press" by penning their own unique op-eds. "The impact of Trump's assault on journalism looks different in Boise than it does in Boston," Pritchard wrote. "Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming."
She says they are raging against President Trump and statements he has made, like these:
Trump: "The fake media is trying to silence us."
Trump: "They are the fake, fake, disgusting news."
Nationally syndicated talk-show host Kevin McCullough says while the verbal attacks by the president might be unusual, it takes two to fight.
"The problem that the media has had with their reaction to Trump – on whether or not his claims are true – is that they've taken it personally and they've forgotten to be the objective observer," he states.
And they aren't doing themselves any favors with their editorials either, says McCullough. "They run the risk of ruining their own profitability if they do anything other than report stories as they happen and try to give opinion that's based on facts," he suggests.
The president appears to have gone out of his way to take on one specific reporter above the rest: CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta. The liberal journalist has stated that the media's role, specifically in dealing with the Trump administration, is to be "fact checkers in real time dealing with this president because he tells falsehoods and lies so much."
McCullough, a Fox News contributor, argues that "picking a fight" with Acosta actually serves President Trump's purposes pretty well – "because he's one of these people who parades as a facts-and-numbers guy, but in reality offers nonstop editorial."
Acosta has been taken to task by fellow journalists for his antics and tactics in provoking the president – as well as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders – during press conferences.